Vital Football

Latest Manchester United News

Shall We Cheer On Marseille?

Shall We Cheer On Marseille?

As you are probably aware of it, Liverpool face a crucial Champions League game tonight in France: they must win in France to get through to the last sixteen of the competition after a horrendous start (a draw could be enough but it's unlikely that Besiktas win at Porto).

You are probably also aware of that United will play their next league game up at Anfield on Sunday, a fixture that could be as crucial in the title race as the last one, back in March. The question is relatively simple: bearing in mind that they are due to face us five days later, is it better if Liverpool get knocked out tonight or if they go through?

Of course it would be a wonderful laugh if they went out of the Champions League group stage after their fans' smugness about their recent European achievements. They would still be jabbering away about their great history but that could not be heard amidst of the laughter emanating from Manchester.

But try to analyse the situation. The atmosphere around the dippers has been quite tense recently, Benitez's criticism of the owners, then that hilarious press conference, the owners' public rebuke... and now they've even lost their unbeaten record in the league after a string of great results. So it's a bit up and down for them this season. Their Champions League form was dreadful in the first three games: out of ideas, short on flair, on spirit, on everything. The 8-0 thrashing of Besiktas was impressive but the 4-1 result masked the inadequacies of the performance against Porto: it made everyone forget how they struggled to break down the opponents and how only a fantastic piece of skill from Fernando Torres enabled them to burst from relief.

Now the stiffest test is coming up. Marseille so comprehensively outplayed them at Anfield that it was embarassing. The French side might be struggling in Ligue 1 but they are more than capable of matching Liverpool tonight, even without Samir Nasri who is a slight doubt with injury.

Should they do that? Well, imagine the prospect of facing Liverpool after, against all the odds, they secure qualification from the group and lose a massive burden that had been loaded on their shoulders. You remember how they played after defeating Barcelona at the Nou Camp last season? Though they weren't creative, they outplayed us at Anfield and we had to be thankful for our fortune after eventually winning the game.

Now, imagine Liverpool getting knocked out of the Champions League. They will be out of Benitez's favourite competition, his first priority and will have to concentrate on the Premier League which we all know they can't win. The new owners will be desperately disappointed and the pressure to deliver will be higher than ever on Benitez and co. I would say the latter situation looks much better ahead of a trip to Anfield.

To summarise: I think that if they lose we'll have a better chance to win on Sunday AND it will be the source of much amusement, especially as we are still flawless in the European Cup this season. So, it's clear: go Marseille!

Oh, yes, one more thing: tomorrow we'll be back with a little round-up of our recent league games against Liverpool. You know: Fergie 5 Benitez 0.

Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football

Writer:Zae
Date:Tuesday December 11 2007
Time: 3:30PM

Best of Vital Network

Comments

0
A whole page of confused old cobblers brings you to the stunning conclusion that Manure supporters shouldn't, on balance, be shouting for Liverpool. Wow!
RedShanks
11/12/2007 18:13:00
0
the games gone now and marseille got batterd but im not being funny i was supporting marseille all the way i hate liverpool and we'll batter em on sunday !!
Jakk-United-2007
12/12/2007 12:43:00
0
will you ***** will we hammer you anyway 16 goals scored and one conceded in three champions league games
matt-liverpool 4 eva
12/12/2007 16:33:00
0
yeahh ****ing fc porto and marseille are decent but any1 can beat besiktas shows how much yhoo know about football !!
Jakk-United-2007
12/12/2007 17:15:00
0
Well, anybody can beat Besiktas... which is why they beat Chelsea 2-0 last time they played in England before this season. Liverpool needed to win three games to qualify, they won all three. I'm sure the Liverpool players would be touched by your soul-searching on whether or not to support them but I doubt that it would make any difference, just as I doubt that your jeers will affect how they play on Sunday. Oh, by the way, it's pretty silly to want any English club not to make the last 16: UEFA's seeding system means that the success of one English clubs helps the others in the future, too. United's top tier seeding isn't just down to them, it's also down to how successful Liverpool, etc have been in the competition as well.
Harry P
12/12/2007 23:03:00
0
yeah whatever jakk-united.2007 i know quite a lot atcually
matt-liverpool 4 eva
13/12/2007 12:35:00
0
"just as I doubt that your jeers will affect how they play on Sunday." I don't think we'll be able to hear any jeers from the Man Utd fans!:)
Aamir
13/12/2007 17:44:00
0
i agree with jakk but matt does no quit alot about football lol !
Dann-leeds
14/12/2007 16:28:00
0
he might not be good at it but he knows quite alot ;]
Dann-leeds
14/12/2007 20:54:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Manchester United Articles

Mourinho Can Do No Wrong (For Now)

The first few weeks of Jose Mourinho`s reign as the new manager of Manchester United could prove to be interesting.

A Nice Thought but a Non-Starter

It's not a gamble United wold have been prepared to take!

Rashford New Deal to be Announced!

Marcus Rashford`s remarkable rise to fame has seen the teenager offered a new contract.

Mourinho Wants Stones

But he`s not alone in his admiration for the player.

Archived Vital United Articles

Vital United articles from

Site Journalists

Red Boy
Editor email
Profile
Charlie Bacchus
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Is Mourinho the Right Man for Manchester United?
Suggested By: Red Boy
Yes!80%
No!7%
Time will tell!13%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Leicester City 38 23 12 3 81 32
2 Arsenal 38 20 11 7 71 29
3 Spurs 38 19 13 6 70 34
4 Man City 38 19 9 10 66 30
5 Man Utd 38 19 9 10 66 14
6 Southampton 38 18 9 11 63 18
7 West Ham 38 16 14 8 62 14
8 Liverpool 38 16 12 10 60 13
9 Stoke 38 14 9 15 51 -14
10 Chelsea 38 12 14 12 50 6
11 Everton 38 11 14 13 47 4
12 Swansea 38 12 11 15 47 -10
13 Watford 38 12 9 17 45 -10
14 WBA 38 10 13 15 43 -14
15 Crystal Palace 38 11 9 18 42 -12
16 AFC Bournemouth 38 11 9 18 42 -22
17 Sunderland 38 9 12 17 39 -14
R Newcastle 38 9 10 19 37 -21
R Norwich 38 9 7 22 34 -28
R Aston Villa 38 3 8 27 17 -49
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Manchester United Results (view all)

Manchester United Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.TheFamousNo71
2.Cathal P Forde1