No sign of a blue moon rising as United enjoy derby day revenge

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Manchester United are through to the fourth round of the FA Cup after defeating Manchester City in a pulsating encounter at Eastlands.

Goals from Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck sent United fans into raptures as Fergie’s men reclaimed local rights, while City were left incensed by referee Chris Foy’s decision to send Kompany off.

Derby day is not a normal day, never has been and never will be. Surely not now that Mansour’s billions have transformed City into genuine title contenders and new media darlings to the point where most of the national newspapers and TVs had already written United off before kick off.

The 6-1 drubbing back in October must have been fresh in Ferguson’s mind and he set out a side determined to avenge what the Scot himself classified as “my worst day in football”.

With Lindegaard confirmed in goal, United welcomed back Chris Smalling at right back, with Jones and Rio Ferdinand as centre backs and Evra on the left. These days fielding a back four made out of defenders rather than midfielders playing out of position is an achievement in itself for United. Valencia, Giggs, Carrick and Nani were given the nod in midfield, while under-fire Wayne Rooney partnered Danny Welbeck up front.

The real surprise though was on the bench, as United unveiled their first midfield signing for four years. Wearing number 22, Paul Scholes. Yes, that Paul Scholes.

The real meaning that wheeling out a 37-year-old out retirement might have will no doubt be discussed at length in more appropriate circumstances but it surely gave United fans an unexpected and welcome boost.

Obviously it’s great to see the most gifted English player of the last 20 or so years putting his boots back on to help the club but, at the same time, this decision goes some length to explain what a dire financial state the club finds itself into at the moment.

On a very wet afternoon at Eastlands City had the better start, enjoying possession and pinning United back into their own half, but the reds defended with composure.

Then, completely against the run of play, the match exploded into life. Rooney collected the ball in midfield, serving Valencia out on the right before sprinting into the box to head the Ecuadorian’s cross into the top corner with a wonderful header.

After a week of speculation about his future Rooney responded by wheeling away in celebration kissing the badge.

Three minutes later things went from bad to worse for City as Vincent Kompany saw red for a two-footed lunge at Nani. While the Belgian defender might have played the ball, the rule clearly states that a player can’t tackle with both feet off the ground and Kompany should have known better, particularly as Nani wouldn’t have gone anywhere.

City were raging at Chris Foy but, while the sending off might have been slightly harsh, it would be interesting to see how many City fans would have complained if, say, Rooney had made such a challenge and got his marching orders.

Aguero went close to restore parity, forcing a great save from Lindegaard after trying to curl the ball into the far post, and then hitting the side netting after a good run.

United quickly made their superiority count though, Giggs and Carrick controlling the play and Valencia, Rooney and Welbeck looking a constant threat going forward.

Just after the half hour mark, Nani played a clever reverse ball to Evra inside City’s penalty area. The United’s captain saw his cross poorly cleared by Nasri and Welbeck pounced on the rebound with a superb right-footed volley to send the ball into the bottom corner and United fans absolutely berserk at the other end of the ground.

Many, even within the United camp, must have wondered whether Welbeck would have the potential to be a United player but the young lad has impressed this season, displaying an excellent first touch and link up play.

 

Welbeck was in the thick of the action again nine minutes later, as he controlled Nani’s pass in the box, before being brought down by Kolarov.

Referee Chris Foy had no hesitation in pointing to the spot and Rooney saw his shot saved before tapping the rebound into the empty net with his head to condemn Eastlands to a stunned silence, with the only exception being the almost 6.000 United fans.

The traveling reds were clearly having one of their best afternoons of the season as they even performed a “Poznan” of their own, to ridicule City’s fans celebration in their own backyard.

Welbeck narrowly missed the chance to put United 4-0 up just before half time and United went back to dressing room in total control.

With the game seemingly done and dusted, City started the second half with a new looking formation, without Silva and Johnson and with defenders Zabaleta and Savic on the pitch.

Mancini reaped his dividends immediately as Kolarov’s free-kick flew over the wall and dipped to Lindegaard’s left to give City a glimmer of hope.

That hope should have been extinguished fifteen minutes later when Kolarov brought down Valencia, that had tormented him all afternoon, for what look a stonewall penalty. Chris Foy had a different view and waved play on.

Two minutes later Milner collected a misplaced pass by Scholes, who had replaced Nani, and squared the ball back for Aguero whose initial shot was saved by Lindegaard, but the Argentine then slotted the rebound home to reignite a contest that had looked dead and buried 20 minutes earlier.

City pressed forward and had a penalty appeal turned down as Jones appeared to have deflected Milner’s cross with his shoulder.

United kept their composure and looked set for a relatively stress-free final few minutes. Then, deep into stoppage time, City were awarded a free kick after Rio Ferdinand – one of the few United players not on top of their game today – had fouled Micah Richards on the edge of the box.

Lindegaard punched away Kolarov’s effort and United fans could breath again before exploding in celebration at the final whistle.

For the whole week United have been described as a team on the verge of collapse and City were made to look as if they had already entered the draw for the fourth round but, as usual, the animal is at its most dangerous when it’s wounded.

There’s something slightly perverse and yet inexplicably self indulgent as to why the media wheel out the “decline” saga every time United fail to deliver to their expectation. Surely the current United side might be far from a vintage one and definitely have issues that need to be addressed sooner rather than later but portraying the champions as a third division side purely on the basis of two consecutive defeats and a lack of activity in the transfer window it’s, quite frankly, ridiculous and smacks of envy. It also smacks of short memory, as Fergie’s side always produce when back up against the wall.

 

City might have restored some pride with their late comeback, Micah Richards later claiming that his side had been the “moral winners”. Unfortunately for him, the real winners were the men in red.

 

Daniele (@MUFC_dan87)

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  1. u r so bitter

    reds with 10 men lose 5-1

    blues with 10 men draw 2-2

    blue moon rising red sun setting

    • Bitter? that would be you mate. Which is why you’re on a United website,nothing better to do than have a go at us?Must be quite a boring night in Stockport. Blue moon rising? You’re having a laugh.

      Hope you enjoyed the Poznan today.

      • Red card was harsh whoever you support and i think no-one can disagree and if otherway round blues would have laughed BUT hopefully admitted got “rub of the green”.
        The interesting thing was how poor UTD were. That game looked like a “Dunkirk” moment with a moral victory out of defeat.
        City have the measure of reds now and that is speaking as a Villa fan.
        come on the Villa :mrgreen:

        • @tethys: Fook off Tethys you are not foolin anyone – you BITTER blue! How poor United were – get a fookin grip you biased twat! 🙄

        • come on the Villa? Hm…you mean the club that Gareth Barry left to pursue his “European football” ambitions at City,when they weren’t even playing in the Europa League.
          We were poor,were we? Tough shit, we got the win and, guess what?That’s all that matters. Now jog on back to mid-table mediocrity.

    • @blue4ever: 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆
      and stick your blue forever up your arse as well as your blue moon rising! Even if you did manage to win the prem it would be CITY ONE – UTD 19 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆

    • @blue4ever: What cost 400 million and expires after 93 mins?

      Manchester City’s name on the FA Cup…

      😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆

        • @Craig Mc: 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 Well, Craig buddy, cry me a river of tears for the Stockport Massive 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆

        • @Craig Mc: Wide as the pitch in the Temple of Doom 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆

        • @Moscow is my heaven: Mate I see the poor City migrants to our blog have given you a thumbs down, but don’t fret mi man, cos no United fan would give thumbs down except to the Stockport depressed society who would get thumbs down til the bitternes finds another home than victorious United blogs 😆

  2. The real winner was Chris Foy as football was the loser today. An intriguing contest was spoilt by a poor decision. I am a city supporter and thought the two goals scored by United were very good…however the second half performance was extremely poor and City had the upper hand throughout….if these performances were to be repeated for the rest of the season then I think the title can only end up with the blue half of the city. Your defence is poor and the midfield even worse….just hope Rooney keeps fit or the decline will be a genuine one.

    • end up with the blue half of the city.

      You mean the Blue fraction of the city yeah? ie Stockport?!

      🙂

    • @mike: Dream on City Fan dream on. If you had the upper hand as you say then why couldn’t you finish the job? You only scored your goals thru sloppy play by Man Utd and your ist goal should never have been, because Richards rugby tackled Evra before Evra responded. Swallow it mi man – because we are squeeking your bum and will continue to do so. Squeeky BUM TIME. 😆

    • Can’t believe you’re blaming the ref. Surely your massive club is better than that! Obviously had Jones or Ferdinand made such a challenge you lot would have found it the correct decision. But don’t worry, it was only the FA Cup, you shouldn’t be too bothered about it, after all it only took City 35 years to win it.

      By the way, City fans should stop going to Eastlands dressed up as empty seats. The city is yours

    • @mike: are u lot seriously complaining about the ref? he single handedly let you lot back in the match. he felt sorry for your team.

      what about the non foul that gave you your first and the ungiven stone cold penalty… the match should have been 4-1 by the time aguero got his.

      the red was a red any pitch in england. two feet off the ground is a red. get over it. just enjoy being citeh. u will never be united so enjoy what u are bitter little blue

  3. Great write-up.

    Is it me or are the Utd ‘End-of-an-era’ stories becoming more regular? They seem to crop up by the deluge on a monthly basis now.

    Those journalists obviously have no professional pride, constantly humiliating themselves like that…

  4. Bitter? that would be you mate. Which is why you’re on a United website,nothing better to do that have a go at us?Most be quite a boring night in Stockport. Blue moon rising? You’re having a laugh.

    • @Ian: Too fookin true mate, too fookin true! One piece of silverware Shitty won’t be getting!

  5. La la la la la la la la, la la la la la la la la, la la la la la la la la SWEET ROONEY AND LOUIS NANIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 . La la la la la la la la, la la la la la la la la, la la la la la la la la – City fooked by Rooney, Nani, Danny! 😀

  6. Magnificent 10-man Manchester City outplayed the Trafford pieces of shit. FACT MANCHESTER, FACT! If it wasn’t for the biased ref, City would have won by 4 or 5.

    • @Ged Coyne: Excuses excuses and fookin excuses. Fook off back to Wastelands you demented and bitter twat. Go post on your own blogs – oh right I forgot – soz, you don’t have any interesting blogs to comment on. Welcome pretty RED in disguise! You got fooked – live with it!

    • @Ged Coyne: 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 you think? What’s it like living in a delusional land! That piece of shite went in two feet studs up – maybe you should be focusing on that in City blogs – are there any by the way?

      • there are lots of city blogs. Stockport gazette and bitter and blue are my favourites

    • “IF”, “would have”. Bitter are we? If Jonny Evans had stayed on the pitch, you wouldn’t have won 6-1 in october. If you hadn’t had to wait 35 years for a trophy while claiming to be a massive club, you wouldn’t be considered the laughing stock of english football.
      Keep believing the Micah Richards’ gospel of being the “moral winners”, who are you playing in the fourth round of the Moral FA Cup? Now do one and piss off back to stockport and keep telling yourself that you’re the biggest club in the world.

      Still, at least you’ve got Curly Watts as celebrity fan.

    • @Ged Coyne: get it threw your thick head man. the ref saved u lot from getting trounced. gave you a terrible freekick for ur first and didnt call a stone cold pen cuz he felt sorry for you.

      lets all laugh at citeh lets all laugh at citeh 8)

  7. The point that City fans seem to be forgetting is that we went 1 nil up to 11 men, and were piling more pressure on when Kompany made his ill judged lunge. You would have thrashed us with 11 men? Prove it. With facts.

    You can’t.

    The history books will once again read that United beat City. Manchester is red.

    • @Traverse: You are so right, Kompany went in two footed studs up when WE WERE 1-0 UP – and whatever way they want to anylyse it – it was a red card offence. I hope they do appeal, and I hope the City team get the extra game ban for frivoulous appeal. Love you Mr Foy and you got it right!

  8. Hi guys sorry to have upset you so much….just that at the theatre of nightmares we won 6-1 when you had a man sent off after only 47 minutes….it appears that having a man sent off after only ten minutes, coming back from 3-0 down to see your team hanging on for dear life and committing twice the number of fouls doesn’t seem to have broken your illusion of having a great team. We may live in a council house but at least most of ouor supporters have a Manchester postcode!.

    • manchester postcode? Yea right, which is why tickets were on general sale until 48hrs before kick off.
      The city is yours, the city is yours, 20.000 empty seats,are you fucking sure???

      • @Daniele: we may not have as many supporters but we were still there when we were in the second division….will you be goinig to the swamp when you are in a couple of yerars time?

        • @mike: You need to come out of your stupor mate! 🙄 Seems like you love talking to United fans, but then who can blame you – we are the BEST!

        • guess what? We had bigger crowds than you before WW2 and in the years immediately after. But i’m sure fans used to travel from London and Essex back then. The postcode argument is as pathetic as your club.

        • @mike: what are you calling a swamp bro??? did you see wastelands today??? bwahahah 😈

        • @mike: Mike we have been in the second division and it was City in the last game who put us down. But WE FILLED every ground home and away and returned to 1st division in one season – surely you know that don’t you? 😀

    • Is that your best arguement, the postcode bit? tbh, you were doing quite well there with the football talk but then you reverted to type and made yourself sound like a right twat……from Stockport.

  9. @craig mc p.s. to use your quote “Swallow it mi man – because we are squeeking your bum and will continue to do so. Squeeky BUM TIME”. I guess that means you must be behind us…which uis where you’ll end up at the end of the season!

    • @mike: @mike: You wish mi man, you wish. And we have been behind so many others in the PL in the post and done them in the last part of the season – so lets see who will be shouting the loudest at end of season – and at leat I have one over you, I haven’t visited a Shitty blog in my life, and neither would I. Oh Mike you really want to be one of us don’t you, otherwise why are you here on a United blog 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀
      come and join the United Massive Mike – you know you want to 👿 😆 😆

      • @Craig Mc: Craig just having a bit of fun…..used to watch United before you were born…became a city fan and have stayed one through thick and thin…mostly thin. I just find it fascinating that tribalism takes over rather than objective viewing of a good game. At the end Utd were poor and could easily have lost never mind drew..they are not the team they were and most Utd supporters seem to have forgotten the vast amounts spent on their team. Sure city have spent fortunes in a couple of years but there wasn’t that much difference in the price of the teams today…we’re just trying to catch up and I think this year we have….and from the two teams perormances I would say we are now ahead. Enjoy the rest of the season…but not too much!

        • @mike: You used to watch United before I was born those were the days eh Mike. But you turned to City – yeah right. So what is the point of you being on a Man Utd blog? I think I like you Mike because you are not as numptee as some City fans. I have mates I was at Uni with and locally who are City fans – the banter is great as you can imagine. Most of said fans jumped on the City bandwagon when sugar daddy arabia came to City rescue – which is what you Mike and I truthfully would call fair weather fans. Listen I haven’t got anything against genuine football supporters no matter which club they support. I do have to party with City or any other supporters who come on a United blog and are not gracious in their defeat – you get whatI am saying. If you were United and migrated to City I don’t know why you would do that Mike, but that is your business. Me I am red til I die, which you obviously weren’t – but again that’s your prerogative – I am not judge and jury. I love the reds , always have and always will. We have been told for years from people like Ged that we are over and on the decline, but resurrection has always been the order of the day. You seem like an OK guy Mike, but it is the Ged’s of this world who can’t accept defeat graciously who do your club a dis-service. 😀

  10. Go on Google, type-in : GED COYNE and you’ll soon find out who i am. I put Purpleface Ferguscum, Neville, May and co well and truely in their place, in the local, national and international media, last February. Fact! Just the 1 million websites dedicated to me worldwide. Ps it wasn’t a sending off. Purplehead onviously paid the ref off yet again.

    • i typed ged-coyne into google but the only results were:
      1.bitter
      2.blue
      3.massive

      Maybe you should start using google.co.uk instead of the stockport version.

    • @Ged Coyne: Do you really think anybody gives a fook who you are – whoever you are you are supporting the wrong team IMHO. More than that for somebody who has to refer us to google to see who supposedly important they are – well we just look at the facts – you are on a Man Utd blog as a shitty fan – WHY GED WHY? yOU REALLY WANT TO BE A uNITED FAN – which you probably were before the shitty got a sugar daddy with money to burn. You are probably one of those who can’t accept that Spurs as well as United are up your arses, and we haven’t got as much money to burn, as well as Harry, but it is hard for you to accept that Harry has done so far better on his limited funding than City have done on all their millions. Do I respect you – do I fook, do I respect Harry – you can bet your life on it. Ged you wouldn’t be posting on a United blog if you didn’t want to be noticed – and if you didn’t want to be accepted. Fess up Ged you want to be one of us – and its ok we understand!

    • @Ged Coyne:
      Google: Ged Coyne, a member of Manchester City’s groundstaff

      Wow… 1,000,000 sites… must have taken a LOOOONG time to set up for yourself 😉

      Oh well, City fans, they blue themselves… 😆 😆 😆

  11. Complete nonsense you stupid red bitch. In the 70 years between 1880 and 1950, City had bigger average attendances than united for 67 out of them 70 seadons. Fact! All in all, if you count every season, ALL-CONQUERING, WORLD-DOMINATING, MEGA, MIGHTY, MARVELOUS, MASSIVE SND ABSOLUTELY MAGNIFICENT MANCHESTER CITY have had bigger average crowds than united, for the vast majority of our history. Check your facts. HIGH AND MIGHTY, MIGHTY CITY ARE IN THE PROCESS OF A THOUSAND YEARS OF COMPLETE AND UTTER WORLD DOMINATION AND THERES FUCKALL THAT YOU red WANKERS CAN DO ABOUT IT, YOU FUCKING stretford SCUMBAGS!

    • @Ged Coyne: Oh Dear and why are your crowds down then – boo hoo hoo. Look Ged at the end of the day you can curse all you like, but it is you getting wound up on a Man Utd blog – so its obviously important to you. Am I or any United fans on a Man City blog – errrr NO because we can’t be arsed. What’s your problem Ged – you want to get into debate – don’t you have City blogs for that – I mean truly what is your problem. We beat you today like you beat us in recent games – LIVE WITH IT. Sheesh!

    • @Ged Coyne: Well one thing is for certain neither you or I will be around for a thousand years – so why get so het up about it – you are a sad case are you not Ged? Come on and join us – you obviously enjoy talking to us. Otherwise why would you be so hyped up about todays game – jeez!

    • @Ged Coyne: when you type in all caps it makes you look simple. calm down bitter boy and easy with the explatives. no need to play the tough guy over the interwebs. we all know you are an overweight lump in your momys basement… “momy, bring me some chips n a soda im blowing peoples minds on a united blog.” 🙄

      • @gator: 😆 😆 😆 and where did you get all that wisdom from Gator – you are something else mi man 😆 😆 .

        Ged come on mate – take a leaf out of Mike’s book, he is standing his ground but in the best way a man can – he does Man City proud!

  12. Way too many City fans coming here. What’s the point in trolling a United blog? Seriously?

    Yes, our 6-1 loss to City this season is horrible. Still, knocking City from the FA cup in the third round, and beating them for the Community Shield says something, hm? Blue moon rising indeed… heh.

  13. LOL. Speaking of Moral Victory:

    Stewart Downing is supposedly arrested for punching his girlfriend/wife 😆

    Can Liverpool sink any further? Racism, abuse, and Gerrard…. Liverpool Trifecta or as their managers call it: The Treble!

    😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆

    PS: I feel bad for his girlfriend and hope she gets out of this abusive relationship.

  14. Why are Shitty fans over here on Manchester United fans’ blog? Get the f*ck out of here.

    The Red is DESERVED. Kompany lunged in with 2 feet high up, right foot for the ball and left foot for Nani’s ankle. Don’t give me shit that it wasn’t a red simply because Nani escaped the tackle and left Kompany the ball. You do not need a player to have his ankle taken off before a red card is suffice.

    Referees have all the experience they need. They look at the body language and intent of the tackle. Kompany was going for the player. It disgusts me. The media should applaud Nani’s temperament.. His diving seems to have gone and no longer does he whines when the ball gets taken off his feet. He chases it back.

    Manchester United’s 3 goals were down to perfection.. Brilliant attacking and finishing. City’s 2 goals were down to our own doing. A game of 2 halves…. That’s the story of Manchester United this season. We NEED CONSISTENCY!

  15. City Fan upsetting is understandable. It is very hard to be clam if there is big mistake from referee but that is football. I think referee’s point of view make things happen. Official doesn’t have TV slow motion view.

    Even Barcelona need some luck in knock cup game 😉

    • @Yang: Big mistake from referee – are you kidding me – that was a RED CARD certainty, and Kompany deserved it. Luckily Nani has learnt after the Carragher rabid tackle to jump out of the way now – and very fortunate for him he did jump yesterday. It was no mistake, it was the right decision. If the City appeal results in red card rescinded – look no further than a City chairman being on the fa board!

  16. “If ur Anderson and a player that has been retired for 6 months and gets on before u. Surely u have got to reconsider the club ur at.” Joey Barton

    Pretty funny comment from Joey with a grain of truth. OK Scholes was brought in to add numbers but you still get the feeling that Ferguson trusts Scholes way more than any of his other central midfielders. Which is understandable but ultimately a bit sad.

    • @colver: Anderson has I am afraid been a real flop, we paid £18m for him and it simply hasn’t worked out. It is sad and again another issue as Fergie has total faith in a failed managers judgement in CQ. Bebe, Anderson, Ricardo and Manucho were all CQ’s sigings to a degree and were all flops.
      People will mention Ronaldo, but everyone in Europe knew about him and the same with Nani.

    • @colver: Trust scholesy more than any of his other MF’s – very misguidedly so especially has scholesy hung up his boots after a very successful career for a reason, and we all know what that reason is right? Scholesy sloppiness gave away possession from one yard away and it led to their 2nd goal and us under the cosh unneccesarily 🙄 . Press today are calling United MF the old FOGEYS brigade of a line up – not nice but was it wrong of me to smile about the ironic humour?

      • @Craig Mc: I think it as Colver sayes what Fergie thinks of his current midfield. I actually though Giggs and Carrick actually showed some steal yesterday. Anderson has an annoying knack of standing around, I have never seen such a lazy attitude from any player who is on the fringes of the first team. He never attacks the ball or moves into position, it astounds me that Fergie accepts it, or has he just given up on him?

  17. I have hears it all now 😆 😆 😆 😆

    And Kompany posted a message on Twitter after the match saying: “The fans, the players and every single person involved with Man City FC were incredible today. Definitely the moral winners of this game.”

    What a load of bitter bollox, Manchester City 2 Manchester United 3…….. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

      • @Craig Mc: Pathetic mate. I have leant so many things this week. If you tackle outside the laws of the game and get sent off, you are a moral winner. If you call another footballer a “negro” in a South American accent, according to Dalglish it is not racist….. I incredible

  18. The black and white with the Kompany challenge, is that by the letter of the law he had to go, simple.
    Also its very funny the press havn’t mentioned the blatant penalty we should have had….ABU….

    • @Stephen: It’s not really surprising the media hasn’t mentioned the blatant penalty.

      1) Media do not focus on telling facts — they’re telling stories that people want to read
      2) Media has a narrative that they have followed since the 6-1 defeat to City that City are the “real deal”
      3) Media hates to change the narrative (ask Alan Hansen) for many reasons (e.g. costs, human effort)
      4) Media needs to sell their narrative, so they cannot have the “real deal” suddenly be nothing by hot air and, thus, they need to stick to their story —what fits the narrative they print (i.e. City destroys Liverpool 3-0, City comes back with 10 men) and ignore whatever falls outside their narrow narrative (i.e. City has lost 3 times in the last month, they got knocked out of ECL, United should have had a penalty to finish off the game, Kompany’s red card was clear cut, etc.)

      It’s all about the narrative of today’s Lazy (read: cost-effective) Media.

      • @[OPTI]Madschester United: Totally agree, the print I have read about the 6-1 City win at OT compared to our 8-2 victory against Le Arse is astounding. Our demolition of Arsenal has been somewhat forgotton in the mists of time, but the City win is being constantly brought up.

    • @Stephen: yep we were denied our famous victory of at least 4-1 by the ref and they are the ones complaining. the red was stone cold the pen they didnt call was just as much but the ref had already given 1 and a red so he took pity on shitty. not to mention their bullisht first

  19. CraigMc, one of our old players (may have been Keane) pointed out the reason Scholes retired was because he felt he didn’t have the legs for the big games. Scholes being Scholes is too proud to sit out the big games. It tells you so much about the man that he came back knowing he’d be in a bit part role until our injury situation cleared. But agree Ferguson shouldn’t have put him in that position.

    As we saw yesterday after he settled his passing and ball retention is still sublime. But defensively he just cannot cover the ground.

  20. A lot of people think its a bad sign that scholes came back, but i don’t buy it.

    United don’t want to buy a new CM because they believe in Pogba and Morrision and Tunniclif et al.

    However, those kids won’t be ready THIS year.

    Paul Scholes is the best stop gap we could have hoped for

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