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The Return Of Manchester United

OK, I'm resigned to the fact that all the talk will be about Webb's decision to award a penalty to United. Referees are forbidden to do that, according to the media, that's why Riley's SHOCKING decision in the FA Cup semi-final didn't make the news: our players can be hacked down in the box without consequences.

So, I guess, there will be little about Wilson Palacios' disgusting two-footed lunge on Ronaldo which should have been a red card, immediately - instead Webb didn't even book him! Possibly the worst decision of the season, his 'tackle' was no better than Martin Taylor's, the only luck is that Ronaldo jumped out of the way.

But actually, most of the discussion should be about United's class and spirit which was evident in the second half. After going down to two incredibly annoying goals after a decent opening period, we responded by coming out to the second half and blowing them away. We saw nothing like it this season, nothing - only the last 15 minutes against Aston Villa come anywhere close to this.

That 'controversial' penalty (Gomes took out Carrick and if he got the ball, did so only by a fingertip so at worst it's dubious but at first it definitely looked like a clear penalty) was actually United's THIRD great chance in the second half so a goal looked inevitable as Spurs, who played very, very cleverly in the first half, began to defend deeper and deeper. A big mistake, in hindsight.

Ronaldo converted the penalty but even that didn't fully click us into gear if I'm honest. Tevez played his best game of the season after replacing Nani but Scholes' introduction seemingly changed little - indeed, Spurs got a grip on themselves after the equaliser and regained some of their midfield composure.

It was the equaliser, a brilliant attack, started by Scholes, involving Tevez, Berbatov and finally Rooney who charged down the left and fired in a low shot with Gomes couldn't reach at the near post - another mistake by the goalkeeper and after this goal, there was going to be only one outcome.

And sure enough, the unstoppable Rooney whipped in a delightful cross which Ronaldo converted with a precise diving header. Old Trafford exploded, Ronaldo got booked for overly zealous celebrating - what a stupid rule that is, really.

But we were enjoying ourselves now, Berbatov produced some wonderful flicks and passes, Ronaldo tormented the full-backs and Rooney... well, he was everywhere, every time, turning up where he was needed most. It wasn't unexpected at all that United got two more goals, the fourth being an almost sexual pass from Ronaldo finding Rooney on the left and his shot somehow sneaked over the line amid the protests of Woodgate who claimed he had cleared in time. He hadn't.

And Berbatov then got the goal what his performance fully warranted, even though once again fingers can be pointed at Gomes and every single Spurs defender. But the result in the end did not flatter United in the slightest: we ran riot in the second half, destroying Spurs with a fantastic performance.

This is the real Manchester United, and this is what we haven't seen for a while. This season was characterised by caution, by possession and percentage football. Full-blooded all out attack with the forwards popping up all over the pitch - that's what me missed and that's what we got now. About time, too!




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The Journalist

Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday April 25 2009

Time: 9:33PM

Your Comments

WHat an amazing game.
Paulinho
WHat an amazing game.
Paulinho
Nice objective write up, you're not Howard Webb by any chance? Good second half performance though. We've not won away at a big club for along time and sat back far too much in the second half and got punished although I think the score line flatters you
Phartman87
Nice objective write up, you're not Howard Webb by any chance? Good second half performance though. We've not won away at a big club for along time and sat back far too much in the second half and got punished although I think the score line flatters you
Phartman87
my god, the most undeserved win ive seen in ages. you bunch of lucky ********s. well, you were lucky Webb was on your side werent you. just a shame you couldnt win the league on your own. the most cheating, lucky team in the prem. enjoy your win..........*****ers
SidTheYid_1990
my god, the most undeserved win ive seen in ages. you bunch of lucky ********s. well, you were lucky Webb was on your side werent you. just a shame you couldnt win the league on your own. the most cheating, lucky team in the prem. enjoy your win..........*****ers
SidTheYid_1990
hAHAHHAHHAHAHA you're more bitter than the dippers and thieving scousers! How does the scoreline flatter us!? You were absolutely ****** defensively and it could've ended 8-2! But as usual you're masking your performance with the penalty! Debate the penalty all you want but you were f***** ****** defensively!
ForeverUnited
hAHAHHAHHAHAHA you're more bitter than the dippers and thieving scousers! How does the scoreline flatter us!? You were absolutely ****** defensively and it could've ended 8-2! But as usual you're masking your performance with the penalty! Debate the penalty all you want but you were f***** ****** defensively!
ForeverUnited
If you read my statement I'm not masking anything. If you don't try to play football the scoreline will only move one way. But defensively we were sound until....
Phartman87
If you read my statement I'm not masking anything. If you don't try to play football the scoreline will only move one way. But defensively we were sound until....
Phartman87
foreverunited.... your a ****
SidTheYid_1990
foreverunited.... your a ****
SidTheYid_1990
although the penality was crucial , i have to say that you deseved the win based on the second half performance. You are most certainly the best team in the league and deserve to be champions. i cannot picture the other top 3 doing that to us. you were magnificiant
Yid_from_India
although the penality was crucial , i have to say that you deseved the win based on the second half performance. You are most certainly the best team in the league and deserve to be champions. i cannot picture the other top 3 doing that to us. you were magnificiant
Yid_from_India
i thought the boys had played well in both halves i think justa couple of mistakes in defence saw us unfairly and against the run of play a couple of goals for u but we deserved the win and there is no controversies about the penalty
ibrahiy
i thought the boys had played well in both halves i think justa couple of mistakes in defence saw us unfairly and against the run of play a couple of goals for u but we deserved the win and there is no controversies about the penalty
ibrahiy
That article wasn't biased at all!!!
Payno33
That article wasn't biased at all!!!
Payno33
An article from Zae is always nothing but biased. Hes even making out that the penalty wasnt even controvertial and that it didnt change the game. "It looked like a clear penalty" either shows exactly how biased you are, or how stupid you are (i reckon both) And Ibrahiy or whoever you are what a complete load a BS. You may well have got back into the game but theres no way we would have lost, i actually put money on at half time for a 2-2 draw! But jesus christ we were the better team and your fans were turning on your players until we were robbed by the most shocking decision ive ever seen. It then gave the best team in the world a massive, MASSIVE boost and any team in the world would have been smashed when you have players the calibre of Rooney and Tevez in a mood like that. You never give any credit to anybody, even when the scousers thumped you all i heard was "they only had 4 shots" and "we were robbed". What a set of glory supporting tossers the vast majority of you lot really are. To decent Utd fans like Forever United i wish you good luck mate.
HuddersfieldYiddo
An article from Zae is always nothing but biased. Hes even making out that the penalty wasnt even controvertial and that it didnt change the game. "It looked like a clear penalty" either shows exactly how biased you are, or how stupid you are (i reckon both) And Ibrahiy or whoever you are what a complete load a BS. You may well have got back into the game but theres no way we would have lost, i actually put money on at half time for a 2-2 draw! But jesus christ we were the better team and your fans were turning on your players until we were robbed by the most shocking decision ive ever seen. It then gave the best team in the world a massive, MASSIVE boost and any team in the world would have been smashed when you have players the calibre of Rooney and Tevez in a mood like that. You never give any credit to anybody, even when the scousers thumped you all i heard was "they only had 4 shots" and "we were robbed". What a set of glory supporting tossers the vast majority of you lot really are. To decent Utd fans like Forever United i wish you good luck mate.
HuddersfieldYiddo
"Boo-hoo, they robbed us, sob sob blah blah blah", what a bunch of losers, thats what you are.... Grow up and accept your responsibilities... Giving a penalty to a team, wrong or right, doesnt come with a "5-2" loss gift. If you are a good team you react, you push forward, you score more, you win.. I dont see you saying anything about Palacios' should've red card, and even CR7, which I do admit as a Man United fan, is one of the biggest cry babies in the Prem, got on with the game. Like I said...grow up as a team and as followers...
alexpant
"Boo-hoo, they robbed us, sob sob blah blah blah", what a bunch of losers, thats what you are.... Grow up and accept your responsibilities... Giving a penalty to a team, wrong or right, doesnt come with a "5-2" loss gift. If you are a good team you react, you push forward, you score more, you win.. I dont see you saying anything about Palacios' should've red card, and even CR7, which I do admit as a Man United fan, is one of the biggest cry babies in the Prem, got on with the game. Like I said...grow up as a team and as followers...
alexpant
Huddersfield Yiddo i was being sarcastic but i agree with every one of your comments.
Payno33
Huddersfield Yiddo i was being sarcastic but i agree with every one of your comments.
Payno33
there should be no controversy with the penalty gomes dived realized he was only getting the man....tried to reach out as far as he can and just barely the tip of his gloves(he prob never even felt the ball....there was no sort of visible change of direction on the ball) touched the ball......so he took down the man and got lucky that the tip of his gloves touched the ball.....that is a penalty.... and yes it looked a clear penalty only when they did the replays ppl started questioning a perfectly legit penalty
ibrahiy
there should be no controversy with the penalty gomes dived realized he was only getting the man....tried to reach out as far as he can and just barely the tip of his gloves(he prob never even felt the ball....there was no sort of visible change of direction on the ball) touched the ball......so he took down the man and got lucky that the tip of his gloves touched the ball.....that is a penalty.... and yes it looked a clear penalty only when they did the replays ppl started questioning a perfectly legit penalty
ibrahiy
Agree agree agree. The penalty might have been wrong, but the fact is we scored 4 more so you can't say that it was responsible - Rooney and Tevez's performances were why, not the penalty. We might have got a goal anyway. But finally, when we HAD to, we came out and PLAYED - scoring 5 at the end of April is brilliant, and we were what we have come to expect from United. I only hope we attack Arsenal like this, and don't go back to defending, which we CAN'T do.
Man utd champions
Agree agree agree. The penalty might have been wrong, but the fact is we scored 4 more so you can't say that it was responsible - Rooney and Tevez's performances were why, not the penalty. We might have got a goal anyway. But finally, when we HAD to, we came out and PLAYED - scoring 5 at the end of April is brilliant, and we were what we have come to expect from United. I only hope we attack Arsenal like this, and don't go back to defending, which we CAN'T do.
Man utd champions
the fact is, that penalty shocked us, left us open and wondering why? maybe because everything is given to united? we all know that scoreline would have been different if that penalty wasnt given. its disgraceful
SidTheYid_1990
the fact is, that penalty shocked us, left us open and wondering why? maybe because everything is given to united? we all know that scoreline would have been different if that penalty wasnt given. its disgraceful
SidTheYid_1990
give me stats sid...not everything is given united....as proof in fa cup against everton we didn't get a penalty....we didn't moan and complain like you guys....yes if the penalty was called for us we probably would be in the final and maybe if the penalty wasn't gven in our match you might have been able to get a draw....tho conceding a penalty is no execuse for a team of well paid professional to not recover from and conced 4 other goals... but stop the moaning, your guys failed to compete in the second half and even before the penalty it looked like a goal was coming anyways....and from the refs angle it would have been surely given...and i still believe even after the replays it should be a penalty but that's a personal opinion
ibrahiy
give me stats sid...not everything is given united....as proof in fa cup against everton we didn't get a penalty....we didn't moan and complain like you guys....yes if the penalty was called for us we probably would be in the final and maybe if the penalty wasn't gven in our match you might have been able to get a draw....tho conceding a penalty is no execuse for a team of well paid professional to not recover from and conced 4 other goals... but stop the moaning, your guys failed to compete in the second half and even before the penalty it looked like a goal was coming anyways....and from the refs angle it would have been surely given...and i still believe even after the replays it should be a penalty but that's a personal opinion
ibrahiy
 

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