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United's Perfect Day

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.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Saturday April 17 2010
Time: 8:36PM


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
17/04/2010 20:44:00
I'd settle for a draw next week. Then it's fair and square, ok. Deal?
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.
17/04/2010 20:49:00
your welcome!;)
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
17/04/2010 21:11:00
I think we're going to win 6-0 at Old Trafford! Lol :D
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
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
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.
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!
18/04/2010 00:22:00
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