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United's Perfect Day

A 93rd minute winner at the home of your fierce rivals is one of football's great pleasures. And if it is compounded by the league leaders suffering a shock defeat then it is a perfect day.

This is what United got today, having defeated City before Spurs beat Chelsea 2-1. The gap is down to one point although I'm still not sure if there is a title race. But more about that later.

First, I have to acknowledge that we played reasonably well, if without creativity, at Eastlands. We were in control for most of the game, despite the total lack of impact by Ryan Giggs and the absence of Rio Ferdinand who got injured again.

United's best player, arguably, was an 'oldie': Paul Scholes rolled back the years with a fine display though he was greatly aided by City's lack of midfield pressing. But that in itself was not enough for his colleague Giggs to exert any influence on the game...

Apart from Scholes, Jonny Evans and Nemanja Vidic were both flawless, neutralising Carlos Tevez who demonstrated all his limitations flawlessly. Adebayor and Bellamy were both ineffective while the midfield three of Gibson, Scholes and Fletcher kept things together in the middle of the park.

However, we had no left flank thanks to Giggs and the returning Rooney was often hopelessly isolated in the middle. Yet we had enough chances in the first half to take a comfortable lead, though we missed them all.

In the second half we were a bit more disjointed and had fewer chances but Citeh offered nothing whatsoever, they were turgid and awful. No penetration, no creativity, no proper passing - they were dire. But we lacked impetus to punish them for their slackness and the game seemed to be heading for a nice little draw...

Then Evra popped up on the left, sent in a perfect cross and Scholes headed home from near the penalty spot. Brilliantly executed header and the United players went berserk, just as the fans did. I wrote yesterday about this being a chance to lift the gloom - well, it certainly did the trick, that much was obvious.

With Chelsea losing, this has been the perfect day. And now I'm starting to become pissed that we could only draw at Blackburn.

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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday April 17 2010

Time: 8:36PM

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With United doing us a favour and Spurs beating Chelsea I'm not sure who ows who a bottle of wine, Redknapp or Fergie? Maybe we'll have to wait until next week to find out ;) Cheers
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17/04/2010 20:44:00

I'd settle for a draw next week. Then it's fair and square, ok. Deal?
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17/04/2010 20:49:00

Much appreciated, guys! Can we continue the mutually beneficial arrangements by agreeing a 12-12 draw at your place next weekend? We could both do with adding to our GF columns.
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17/04/2010 20:49:00

your welcome!;)
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17/04/2010 21:00:00

It could have been worse.......... Amazing how the fixture machine and rearranged matches pops up with the double headers. You don't get this in Serie A or La Liga Interesting one Delia Rovers v Spuds..Guess I'll wait till city v Spuds to see which part of Europe we will explore
taggarts nose
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17/04/2010 21:11:00

I think we're going to win 6-0 at Old Trafford! Lol :D
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17/04/2010 21:41:00

Sorry to hijack, but Villa could still be a Top 4 chance, but I genuinely think its all over for Liverpool
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17/04/2010 21:41:00

i think that liverpool will play wtih their second team against chelsea at anfield i hope they can still be present in the 4th place race and if not i think that chelsea will beat a team who has not a goal
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17/04/2010 21:46:00

Just watched the highlights of the spurs game and I must say Modric and Bale showed exactly what our midfield is missing. Im not suggesting we try and bid for those two (I think we've been burnt by them enough times in recent years) but players like them with pace, drive, the ability to beat a man and really attack the opposition would make us so much stronger.

I feel like the fact that we won is slightly overshadowing the fact that our doesnt provide any sort of consistent goal threat. I'm also starting to think that we might as well just give the opposition the ball back whenever we get a freekick or corner because we dont have anyone who can take them or get on the end of them. I really hope that if we win the league we dont make the mistake of thinking everything is rosy. I know we should have Hargreaves, Anderson and Cleverley next season but I cant help but feel 2 quality additions are needed in that area.
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17/04/2010 23:15:00

Chelski were awful, and deserved to lose today - I can see Stoke getting apoint off them, and also Liverpoo doing them - especially with Terry out for next game!
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18/04/2010 00:22:00

Well done to the Delia's you really do know how be hypocrites, and lie and ''cheat'' your way to a win(scholes goal not included) as you accuse Bayern of geting a player sent off by surrounding the referee, and lo and behold we have 'rent a gob' Neville, the ''once a blue always a blue'' looney, giggs, Evra, and any one else in red shirt doing the same at Eastlands,my, my how much changes in a week, but you won in your 'cup final' for a team on the decline, hope you enjoy the ride cos it may be the last for a while, and that's not including whether administration is looming or not......
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18/04/2010 01:00:00

It was a very typical united/ neversay die performance from the team today. Fergie organised the defence perfectly today and showed other teams how to beat City, by simply keeping Tevez quite because for all Bellamy's speed and Adebayor's... Tevez is really the only one capable of changing a game in the entire side.
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18/04/2010 01:50:00

EVERYTIME we have played City this season all we hear about is the turning tides, the shift in power, the impending doom, our ageing players, how poor we are and how many goals they will score against us. Having lost twice in the league and been knocked out of the cup by us you would think they'd have the sense to keep quiet and wait until they actually do something meaningful. But no - we cheated to win and next time they'll slaughter us blah blah blah. I suppose that kind of idiocy is the only protection against the turmoil of being a city fan. Greater minds would simply have imploded having been humiliated so many times.

What bugs me is that if their stupidity can be this irritating having accumulated nothing other than a huge wage bill - what will they be like when they actually do lift a piece of silverware? Its obvious they will be competitors at the top end of the league sooner rather than later but they really are going to have to learn that gloating is better left until after the match and it should really only be used when you've actually won.
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18/04/2010 03:39:00

Citeh reminds me of hollywood villains...Always leaving the scene with an "I'll be back! You'll see!!! You havent seen the last of me!!" quote...
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18/04/2010 14:37:00

lol alexpant. So true!
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18/04/2010 20:47:00

heheh and their manager is the director
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18/04/2010 22:10:00

hehe Tuscan - good points in your big post just there ;)
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19/04/2010 09:23:00

Wow the City fans call us 'graceless in defeat' the hypocrites.
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19/04/2010 14:25:00


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