Yesterday was a horrible day. Not because my legs felt like they were made of concrete after a 10-mile run or because I started feeling the symptoms of man flu, but because despite forcing myself to support Manchester City for 90 minutes, all I was left with was a bitter taste in my mouth.
That taste quickly became nauseating once I realised just how close Liverpool are to win a first league title since 1990, barely 12 months after Fergie steered us to number 20 last season before calling it a day. Were Liverpool to win the league, it would be utterly devastating for a number of reasons: nobody saw it coming and media love-in with the scousers is already in full swing, even though they haven’t won it yet.
As of last night, United’s season is as good as over. The upset we had dreamt of – even more intensely for those 22 seconds between Evra’s goal and Mandzukic’s equaliser – wasn’t to be and United, for the first time in a long while, have absolutely nothing to play for between now and May.
Here’s five things we’ve learnt last night.
One of David Moyes’ projected highlights to come from his first few months as Manchester United boss comes in the form of Wayne Rooney.
Simply that he is still a United player.
At the point of taking the reigns, it seemed that Rooney was as good as gone after becoming disillusioned by life at OT having played second fiddle to Robin van Persie all last year.
Now our hands have been mathematically and begrudgingly prized off the Premier League trophy some United fans might turn their attention to rooting for England in this summer’s World Cup Finals!
Hope remains success at club level might yet come in the form of a European Cup win, but some United players could be eyeing more likely success at international level and the INCLUDES players playing their way into Roy Hodgson’s final 23-man squad. Yes that’s right, England CAN win the World Cup in their new England kit this summer!
But which United players will help drive that success and why?
Amongst all the debate and speculation surrounding David Moyes’ position at Manchester United, it raises many different opinions and views on the future of the club. One thing is for sure, domestically we’ve been appalling. No excuses, it’s been unacceptable.
There are plenty who feel Moyes should have been sacked ten times over. Others feel he needs time, some claiming that giving him until Christmas would be a suffice period to elapse for him to turn things around. After all, he has been awarded a six year contract; to sack him after less than a year would be ludicrous, right?
Manchester United, having gone into the match tasked with avoiding further humiliation in this most abject of seasons, produced a hugely spirited display and will be disappointed to head to Munich next Wednesday with merely a 1-1 draw to show for their efforts.
He was bought for a price tag that exceeded his reputation. When David Moyes did finally confirm the signing of Belgian international Marouane Fellani nobody at Manchester United was quite sure what to expect, however the universal consensus was that it was a ‘desperate signing’. The price tag of £27.5 million was one no other club in the footballing universe would have paid for his services and Fellani himself has been justifying that recently, with a string of uninspiring (to put it lightly) performances.
With a huge rice tag to live up to and even bigger voids to fill Marouane Fellani was never going to find it easy going at Old Trafford. Injuries made his daunting task even tougher. His first Premier League appearance in a Manchester United jersey came away against Norwich. He looked lethargic and failed to impose himself on the game. To put it in short, he failed to impress.
In recent weeks and months, the mere suggestion of getting behind David Moyes, or even backing one solitary decision of his, has been fervently jumped on by certain sections of the United faithful like wild dogs. It’s almost like every good thing to happen to United this season (granted there haven’t been many) has been nothing to do with the manager at all.
There’s an old saying in football that players get positive results and managers get negative ones.