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United's Golden Opportunity

United's Golden Opportunity

I wrote a long, long article but my mind was raging and I forgot to save it so inevitably, my computer broke down and I lost it.

I'm not in the mood to write the whole thing again so the most important points. I'm fed up with 4-5-1. Fergie admitted after the Benfica game it does not work but he still prefers to use it when a difficult game is coming. Long balls all over the pitch, Rooney, Giggs and Scholes all struggling to find their position in this system - awful.

Despite this, we controlled the game after taking the lead but did not press for a second goal though we should have done that. They are vulnerable to quick counter-attacks as it was proved at the goal. But we sat back and let them back into the game. Their attacking play lacked creativity and we seemed to stifle them but that's not United's style so it was bound to go wrong.

Eboue is just as disgusting as Lauren used to be. I always wondered how Lauren survived every United game without a red card though probably he should have been sent off in every one of them. Now Eboue was the one who seemed to escape with everything he did.

Evra and Scholes were both fouled before the equalizer. I was not surprised Steve Bennett waved play on. After all, he did not book Henry for his outrageous dive.

Henry was useless, of course, so it's deeply sickening we allowed him to HEAD a goal in the 93rd minute. Vidic was admirable up to that point but he committed a mistake there.

It was good to see Rooney finally score with a HEADER. Michael Carrick was magnificent again, his best games were the Chelsea and Arsenal clashes and that tells everything about him. Giggs should have been subsituted, he's useless when our main aim is to protect the lead. Had we tried to counter them he would have been useful but this way he was frustrated.

Fergie, please. Be brave and TRUST YOUR PLAYERS. This team is skilled enough not to rely on defending a one-goal lead against an inexperienced team. We must go for the opponent's throats, play an adventurous 4-4-2 and attack! Like we did at Bolton. If we lose this way, at least we lose in style.

Fortunately (and I must admit I'm grateful to Liverpool) we are still in a comfortable position.

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Date:Monday January 22 2007
Time: 5:57PM


hey u ******.. u think henry dived.. ask any bloke who's not as biased and cocky-headed as you.. that was a penalty.. as for eboue and his playing.. simply because ur two best attackers ronaldo and rooney couldnt do anything against him makes him look like a disgusting player to you.. the fact of the matter is that ronaldo is just a showboating **** and can do that against the smaller teams only.. and dont even get me started on red cards and dives.. we all know who the ******** ******es are in this department.. end of the day.. we kick ur ass.. home and away.. u can shove yer lead up yer arse.. coz the gooners are coming to get ya.. man united.. no men united seems better.. *****in' gay.. and where is hatethegoons.. would love to hear from him.. how about a poll for ye ****s.. best defeat against arsenal..
22/01/2007 18:34:00
If this is the sort of biased, waffling crap you come up with when your head is clear, thank the lordy your computer quit on you, electronic goods don't like vitriol poured on them dontcha know?! gotta go HOME AND AWAY is on.
22/01/2007 18:34:00
This is a MANCHESTER UNITED FAN SITE, not the bloody Daily Times. You can't expect the editor not to be biased. As for Eboue, he HIT Rooney then he pretended to be the victim. And he pulled back Ronaldo or Giggs (I don't remember exactly) and he did not get a yellow card for that. Should have been sent off. But the real point is there: we should have tried to increase the lead as Arsenal looked shocked immediately after the goal. That was the greatest mistake.
22/01/2007 18:39:00
Nikolains, the original piece was much less biased but it was deeply infuriating that my computer broke down. So I decided to include my opinion about Eboue and Henry's dive. And don't expect me singing songs about Arsenal's greatness as you did not play well. You won, congratulations.
22/01/2007 18:43:00
Your bitterness, somewhat ironically, makes it all the sweeter. I notice you didn't mention Ronaldo's diving. Every side in the Prem has divers, you lot, with Rooney and Ronaldo on board are in no position to complain, neither are Arsenal fans. You also did not mention how willing Bennett was to give you lot a penalty in 03 when Forlan tripped over paint, or send off Vieira when Nistelrooy felt the agonising blow of thin air. "VIEIRA WOOOAH, VIEIRA WOOOAH, HE SMASHED IT PAST CARROLL, UNITED WON ***** ALL!"
Little Dutch
22/01/2007 19:08:00
midlothian99 too much gloating before the match, how does it feel now? you ridiculous tw*t, you were going to beat us right, all the crap you said before the game, what happened then? you lost, you choked when the pressure was applied to you. and first go on and win the title, then gloat about it clown..
22/01/2007 19:13:00
Henry's outrageous dive! lol, you fail to mention Neville actually made contact unlike Sol Campbell when Rooney collapsed under his own body weight at OT. Dont be so bitter you played well, took your foot off the gas and paid the price.
22/01/2007 19:39:00
The 1st half was even, the 1st few minutes of the 2nd half was all arsenal, then you hit us on the counter. and did nothing after that. You controlled the game after you scored? Arsenal didnt exactly create plenty of chances after that, but surely, ManU did NOT control the game. And the last 20 mins was all arsenal. Henry did not dive !! I can understand Zae, that you are frustrated with the loss, but surely, you can do better.
22/01/2007 22:20:00
It was a shame that Man U lost, i was cheering United on cause i am backing you to reclaim the premiership title. Saying that though, there is still a six point gap between you and chelsea and i still think you lot will win it.
22/01/2007 23:15:00
That has to be one of the most amazingly biased pieces of writing I have read on the Vital Network but LD is right...all the sweeter! One of your own members was sitting with me when Henry 'dived' and she was amazed that it wasn't a penatly! You owned the first 5 minutes of the game but after that Arsenal slowly but surely took control of the game. You did nothing in the second half other than score on the counter and try to do what many before you have against The Arsenal....defend a lead you did not merit!
23/01/2007 00:22:00
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