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Man Utd 1-1 Aston Villa

I had a fantastic weekend planned, but it didnt really go too well. Going up to Manchester on saturday morning was full of excitement, I felt we would give Villa a good hammering after their awful show against Southampton the week before. Over lunch near the ground we contemplated scores varying from 3-1 to 5-0, not even considering dropping points against Villa.

The match itself was nothing but an anti climax. Poor passes, a lack of movement off the ball, few chances in front of goal, a slow pace, and a quiet atmosphere. Gary Neville did his best to lead by example in the absence of Keano, but the effect was not the same. A curling shot against the crossbar from Beckham and a missed header from Diego were our best chances in the first half. Villa were not creating much either, but had a slight edge on the game and probably deserved their first half goal from Melberg.

I fully expected United to come out and fight in the second half. Yet they continued as before, with more sloppy passing and few attempts on goal. Diego’s goal sparked huge celebrations, and I found myself lifted into the air, but it was all a bit of an over reaction in hindsight.

Diego’s goal sparked the belief we would go on and win the game but in the remaining 15 minutes we had one attempt on goal, and the team did not live uo to expectation. On the bright side, news filtered through of Blackburn beating Arsenal, but this was cancelled out by Liverpool sneaking a win against Spurs and City¬† taking three points away in Birmingham.

The weekend’s football was a big disappointment, and one that United will have to bounce back from. Failure and mistakes ought to teach the team to never ever want to feel that pain again. They ought to wallow in their frustrations in order to develop a hunger to only achieve success, and they must fight to win over their critics. People in life make mistakes, the key is how you react to them. The players must realise mistakes have been made, but that it is in their hands to come back stronger from bad results.

The rest of my weekend certainly brought a few more bad suprises, but as Nick Hornby illustrates in Fever Pitch, whilst women may come and go football teams will always be there for you

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