This was written by one of our contributors (Ashley Keet) over at Soccerlens, but I thought it would be a better fit here. Enjoy!
It’s been a couple of days now since the final and despite attempting to stay away from as much post match reaction as possible i havent been able to escape the usual finger pointing and “what if” statements that follow a bad result. What if Giggs’ goal was given? and who actually was the better side? In truth both sides were poor and neither really deserved it but i couldnt help but come away feeling let down, not by the players but by Fergie…
He has done a cracking job in winning the premiership back this season and i can’t wait to see this team progress under his management over the next few years but i can’t help but wave that finger of blame in his direction for Saturdays result. I just think that he bottled it!
Another day dawns. The gut still feels a bit sore after the FA Cup loss, but it has mostly healed to a great degree, thanks to the Premiership crown. But with lack of inactivity football-wise, the head now seems to feel sore. Long summer beckons. Maybe watching a second string Brazil side play the Copa America might help, but I digress.
Anyway here are the Man Utd stories of the day. The stories that I felt worth discussing that is.
Just when you think that the Beeb is playing it straight with you, they throw you a wicked curveball that throws you off-balance. A friendly reminder that you can’t trust anyone in football.
With shades of TribalFootball and Daily Mail, BBC Sport starts off with a statement that reads:
Manchester United are considering an Â£8m summer transfer bid for Hearts and Scotland goalkeeper Craig Gordon, BBC Sport understands.
And after a brief mention about Martin O’Neill watching the Hearts-Kilmarnock game and scouting players, it breaks into a re-hashing of old material.
Update: Red Ranter is doing the season review here on Red Rants, while I’m doing my bit over at SL.
If you’re an old (relatively) reader of Soccerlens, you’ll remember that back before the season started, I did a week-long preview for the club, looking at the squad from different aspects and at SAF’s future.
Now that the season is over and with news that Owen Hargreaves is set to leave Bayern Munich, it’s also time to put the previous season to rest with a detailed season review.
Reports coming out of Germany suggest that Bayern Munich had agreed a 17m deal with Manchester United for Owen Hargreaves and now all that remains to be done is for the player to agree to a 4-year contract.
You can expect both parties to stay quiet about it until it’s done, but a few things about the timing make sense.
Robben couldn’t do it, Joe Cole couldn’t do it, Rooney and Ronaldo couldn’t do it. Even Giggs – the FA Cup hero – couldn’t do it.
Ok, so maybe Giggsy got the goal but if the linesman and the ref don’t see it (and Cech sure as hell wasn’t going to tell them), it doesn’t count. That sucks, but what sucks more is that after Smith’s tackle on Mikel we switched off for a bit and Chelsea got the goal by moving quickly off the free kick.
A moment of inspiration from Drogba, sheer class by Lampard and then the harder-than-steel determination to finish it off – Drogba may not be the best finisher but this season he’s got them when it counted the most and he made it count again this time.
I’ve already done the official Chelsea – United final preview, but that page’s a bit cluttered and I wanted to be more biased about it, so here’s my unofficial, fkn biased, preview.
I see two scenarios – one says that United will be embarrassed, and the ghosts of 29th April 2006 (Stamford Bridge) will come back to haunt us. With Vidic and Carrick that seems unlikely but Joe Cole and Drogba cannot be discounted, and I feel that Joe Cole is a frighteningly good player who hasn’t had the team or the stage (yet) to bring out the best from him consistently (except last season at Chelsea).
He can still improve, so yes, I’m a tad bit worried about him.
There are a lot of complications associated with being a part of the global village. I mean, for one, there’s no place you can run to when you’ve just gone and called someone some names. Look ma! They’re in here too…