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Sunderland 1-1 Man Utd

It is not very often that I leave a match angered by the United team. Yet today certain individuals behaved in a way that I cannot be proud of. Not only did we throw away two points, but we lost our discipline and pride. I have not seen the Keane sending off incident on TV, and therefore cannot pass judgement on it, but either way he DID react unneccessarily. Beckham too was a child today; diving, complaining, answering back and being wound up. Now we lose our captain for three matches including Leeds away, all because he retaliated.

The day started a lot better than it finished. The sun was out, and on current form I thought we would have no trouble getting three points. Before the game soul legend Edwyn Starr played on the pitch, and the team came out to huge exposions of fire.

The first dissapointment of the day came when i got to my seats and realised I was right at the edge of the United allocation, ie right next to the Sunderland fans. Not only did this mean being the target of abuse from the home supporters, but it also ensured I had a police officer standing right next to me. During songs that all 3000 reds were singing he would tell me to watch my language as there were kids. He was referring to the same ‘kids’ that were hurling foul mouthed abuse at me for the whole match, and they never seemed to get told to quieten down. It always puzzles me how the police are so sceptical and paranoid about away fans, yet refuse to even contemplate that home fans may sometimes too be to blame.

The match itself started brightly; within around 5 minutes Giggsy put us one up and we controlled the game. At half time it should have been over, but we had not taken our chances and there was still a long way to go. Sunderland set out very brightly in the second half and expolited the space we left on the left flank. They put in cross after cross and it was no suprise when eventually new signing Tore Andre Flo equalised.

United knew they had to score again, but could not find the net despite putting the pressure on the home team. Keane lost his temper, as did Beckham, and the game ended in bad spirits.

Praise must go to the Sunderland team, who were far more impressive than their fans, but this must be regarded as one United lost on their own accord. Five points from three games is not a disgrace, yet nor is it particuarly impressive. Now the team must go and put in a good performance against Boro if the intend to proove themselves. It is early days in the league, but we really need a good start this season to make it easier for ourselves. Hopefully Keano can bounce back from this too.

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