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United feel the blues as Everton blow the title race wide open

Manchester United threw away a 2-goal lead against Everton as they dropped two – potentially – crucial points in the title race, in an extraordinary game likely to have a much bigger importance than expected.

With City winning away at Wolverhampton, the result means that United will travel to the Etihad a week tomorrow only three points ahead of their rivals, after being eight clear two weeks ago.

This season has seen many twists and turns and none more so than at Old Trafford today, where Nikica Jelavic and Steven Pienaar combined to rescue Everton from the brink, after the Toffees had found themselves 4-2 down after 82minutes.

Wayne Rooney’s 26th league goal of the season – his 180th for the club – after a superb passage of play with Danny Welbeck looked to have put United firmly in control, but the lead evaporated as Everton scored twice in two minutes.

First Fellaini – arguably the man of the match – flicked the ball towards Jelavic who struck home a fine volley for his second of the game.

Then, barely 120 seconds later, Fellaini tormented Evans again, this time by squaring the ball into Pienaar’s path who side footed it past DeGea to stun Old Trafford.

Everton were thought to be United’s hardest test in the run-in and proved so from the start – Jelavic forcing a good save from DeGea and Osman firing wide a minute later.

United, with Nani replacing Young the only difference from the side that had put four past Villa a week ago, struggled to settle into any kind of rhythm and their nerves on the pitch seemed to translate into a largely subdued response by the fans.

With little more than half an hour played Everton found themselves 1-0 up as Hibbert’s cross found Jelavic at the far post.

The Croatian – what a fantastic buy he’s turning out to be – out jumped Rafael sending a looping header over DeGea to give the visiting side the lead.

United equalised just before halftime as Nani’s beautiful delivery was met by Wayne Rooney’s head, as the striker scored against his former team for the first time at Old Trafford.

United started the second half on the front foot and went ahead through two sublime goals.

With 57 minutes played, Welbeck created space for himself at the edge of the box, before unleashing a curling effort that gave Tim Howard no chance.

Three minutes later United produced the kind of team goal that would have grabbed the headlines had the result been different.

Welbeck, Nani and Carrick exchanged passes inside the box, with the Portuguese applying the finishing touch by chipping the onrushing Tim Howard.

Six minutes later Fellaini brought Everton back in the game with a brilliant volley but Rooney had the gap restored within two minutes.

Patrice Evra then hit the post from point blank range, and few could have predicted how important that miss turned out to be in the economy of the game and, perhaps, of the whole season.

Jelavic and Pienaar then delivered the most unthinkable of twists before United were frustrated by a superb save from Tim Howard that denied Rio Ferdinand what would have been the winner.

The doom and gloom merchants will no doubt make themselves heard over the next week, but United still lead City by three points.

Slim a lead as it might be it should be enough to comfort United, as they’ll travel to the Etihad knowing that even a draw would be a huge step towards retaining the title.

Fergie knew that United hadn’t won the title two weeks ago, just as he knows that they haven’t lost it today.

Dropping points is one thing, relinquishing a lead a different matter altogether and great teams produce when back up against the wall, as proved by last night’s El Clasico.

Daniele (@MUFC_dan87)

48 Comments

48 Comments

  1. Opti

    April 22, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Good write-up Daniele… not sure how you maintain your coolness.

    One thing for the optimists: Last year after 35 games, we had just lost to Arsenal at Emirates and we were 3 pts ahead of Chelsea with them coming to OT. We won the title and we can repeat!!!

    COME ON YOU REDS!!!

    • Daniele

      April 22, 2012 at 8:46 pm

      @Opti: believe me, my coolness was gone today mate. I felt gutted, and still do,despite a long trip back home. As bad a result as it was, had they offered us to be in this position a month ago, we would have bitten their hand off. We’re still going to the Etihad knowing that 2 results out of 3 will do. City will be up for it but we shouldn’t be scared of them. I’m not suggesting we should set out for a draw but I can see us getting something out of it.

      Just give until wednesday, by then I’ll feel like throwing myself off a bridge as my nerves will be gone! πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

  2. dixiedean9

    April 22, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    good report ref not the best good luck in the title race

  3. Chris

    April 22, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    Four Beautiful Goals
    Four Eye-Watering Goals

    Football, Bloody Hell.

    Am I looking forward to Monday night? Certainly not.

    Do I think we will on Monday night? Hopefully so.

    • Craig Mc

      April 22, 2012 at 10:37 pm

      @Chris: I am not looking forward at all to Monday night – we have not been good at all in night games this season. Why not – you tell me???? The evening games in Europe put me off big time this season, and I am dreading another Monday!

      • Stephen

        April 23, 2012 at 8:25 am

        @Craig Mc: It could be almost unwatchable, City are playing well and if we loose I might implode.

        • Craig Mc

          April 23, 2012 at 1:57 pm

          @Stephen: πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† – I will be joining you in the imploding bit. I am right there with you mate.

        • Stephen

          April 23, 2012 at 2:10 pm

          @Craig Mc: A part of me doesn’t even want to watch! 😐 If we win it could be the greatest win ever, if we loose I am going to take up supporting another sport, maybe chess.

        • Craig Mc

          April 23, 2012 at 2:43 pm

          @Stephen: πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

        • Andrei

          April 23, 2012 at 10:03 pm

  4. Yang

    April 22, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    I still think team will nick the title but I don’t like this Fergie’s team, Too many attacking minded players on the pitch at the same time. Except Carrik, I can’t see who is good at defense.

    It has been feel like an Arsenal supporter, ups and downs a lot.

  5. RedDevilEddy

    April 23, 2012 at 1:30 am

    This is kind of a reply to Craig on the last thread regarding Nani.

    Listen, Osman is Evra’s duty, and I can’t remember him getting too many crosses in. When Osman goes inside, Evra follows him, a defender always stays on the inside of the guy he marks. It’s rule number 1! Nani, the winger, shall take out Hibbert, but didn’t. It cost us 1-0 and 3-2, and for their third goal I’ve got no idea what’s going on. I’d say Neville should have been Scholesy man, but with them putting three in midfield I’m not too sure. Maybe it was Wazza’s duty, but fact is Nani was the closest one to him and he didn’t get out quickly enough. I’m not putting this draw on Nani’s shoulders, fact is we wouldn’t have scored nearly as many goals if not for him. He was our biggest threat, it’s just constructive critisism. He’s got to improve on it. Usually he stays solid, and I think his defensive mistakes in this game are mostly because of some weeks out injured. It’s usual, whenever he starts a new run in the team his defensive play switches off, whilst in return it gives us our best attacking play. He’s a tough not to crack that Lil Man of yours, somehow I agree that he looks better whenever used in a free-role AKA Wazza, but it just doesn’t happen here. I want to see Nani do well, but more important than not I want United to win. Young and Valencia are players who are brilliant at performing their duties, and look at their best when they perform the same act game after game. They revel on having “shackles”, whilst Nani suffers. Hope Fergie finds out what to do about this in pre-season.

    • Craig Mc

      April 23, 2012 at 2:11 pm

      @RedDevilEddy: It is Vally who lacks performance when he is shackled, and it was proved so against Distin, until Distin got booked UNFAIRLY mate, because Vally fell over and nobody knows why he wasn’t touched! Nani was very not unshackled yesterday, he was getting away from his markers well. Yeah his defensive capabilities are not as sharp because it is only his 1st proper game back, but Evra for me is not a good defender, but more a marauding wing half. At Wigan and today Vally was not good getting past his defenders, but defensively he is good indeed. Fergie error bringing him off, as Rafael was not supported as he would have been. What Smalling has done wrong I will never know, because he is a much finer defender than Jones’y. If we don’t play 5 MF at Wastelands and stick to our usual 4-2-2, then I can only see defeat. If we play for a draw I can only see defeat, so I am praying for the right formation. I wonder about United lads stamina. Tevez said he never had to work as hard as he did under Mancini in training at City. Gibson said the same, that he was dogtired after every single training session at Everton, and he never found training hard at United – so are our lads getting an easy life in not being up to proper standards of fitness – just a thought?

  6. RedDevilEddy

    April 23, 2012 at 1:55 am

    Onto the game as a whole, I gotta say I was surprised to see myself not being too shocked about this result. I mean, it’s been a season of horrible defensive displays yet exhillerating football in front of the opposition goal. Had this been a “usual” Manchester United season, we would have scored the 5-4 goal when we needed it, although it’s highly unlikely that we’d see the team concede 4 goals at home! I mean, we’ve lost comfortable leads against Basel at Old Trafford earlier this season, and had it not been for a horrible miss by Torres we may have drawn the Chelsea game too. We lost 3-2 when we in typical Manchester United fashion clawed ourselves back to a 2-2 draw with 20 minutes to play, we conceded 6 goals to City at home, and what’s probably most shocking is that United still haven’t recorded a win in a game where they’ve conceded first. THAT, for me, is shocking!

    It’s not been a bad season, it’s just been a weird one. We said at the start that this would be a transition year with all the youngsters coming through, and in fairness I’ve been surprised at how FEW goals we have conceded. Yes, when Vidic ruined his knee against Basel, and we had to look towards Phil Jones, Johnny Evans and Chris Smalling as centre-back partners to an aging and suffering Rio Ferdinand, I sensed trouble. And with us still not having a solid right-back, and a possessing an absolute shitty excuse for a left-back on the other side, I thought conceding goals would be our biggest problem. Hence why more goals would be required to do well! A part of me senses that this whole team lacks self-belief, and feels pressured into scoring goals. With past United sides, urgency and pace was what difficult situations brought forward, now it’s just stress and panic. As soon as this team concede one goal, you just sense that the oppposition will get more chances. It’s excruciating.

    Still, I can’t blame individual players. I see no need for it, I see no need to question our manager, our tactics, no-one should be blamed, ridiculed, drawn out as “excuses” to why we lose or draw a game. No, we are Manchester United, and if you’ve been a fan for more than 6 months you’ll know that this club is in a transitional phase, probably the biggest one we’ve been involved in. I know the “Golden Generation” in 95/96 was a huge transitional time for this team, but we didn’t get rid of our experienced players back then. We lost Edwin, Wes, O’shea, Gary and Paul Scholes in the summer, and with Vidic leaving on a stretcher in November we lost our captain as well. Three new faces had to settle, our top scorer from last season hasn’t got a sniff of the action since December, and players like Cleverley, Pogba, Rafael, Evans, and especially Welbeck has got surprisingly much playing-time! This season has been very inconsistent, very strange, impossible to predict, and that’s mainly because we’ve tried to include many young players and plan for the future. It’s not an excuse, and it doesn’t mean they are bad players, it just means that this team will need time. Time to grow more composed, more dominant, more focused, get the proffesional life into their systems and become, what you call, “intelligent”. Knowing how to handle every possible situation, because you’ve been there, you know what you’ve done wrong, you know what needs to be improved.

    This squad, this team, will become great. I’ve seen some skinny teenage lads, having panic attacks and doing the most crazy things on the football pitch, people who have been ridiculed by every journalist, expert, paper, fan in the country, I’ve seen those guys turn into world beaters. Winners. Men! I do hope that we win the title this season, and I am looking forward to the game on Monday. But most importantly, I’m looking forward to see how far this team can go. We’ve seen a few moments this season which makes your jaw drop in amazement, flashes of brilliance in attack that have turned into brilliant goals, and brilliant moments. Defence will get sorted in time, Evans has taken massive strides this season, and just like the Irishman had a tough time in the past we’ve seen Smalling suffer from the second-season syndrome. But from what we know following his first season, he’s a simply gorgeous defender. With Vidic back as well, I just can’t wait to see how we do next season! The future is red

    • Yang

      April 23, 2012 at 4:16 am

      @RedDevilEddy: I think that Evans is big problem, He is excellent CB but he can’t handle brute bully type forward, Evans need to strengthen his power to win aerial battle or he should be shifted as a DM because he is excellent at ball playing.

      Need a Vidic type experienced CB and wing-back.

    • Craig Mc

      April 23, 2012 at 2:22 pm

      @RedDevilEddy: I hear the Wastelanders are offering Little Pea’s agent whatever he wants to get chicharito to change to other side of Manchester. That should tell Fergie something. With the right players behind him – top class provider needed, chicharito will score nearly every time one on one with the GK. He is not out of form, he just has no playmaker to time the thru ball perfectly for him – this is a common problem for most of our strikers this season, no playmaker with immaculate timing of threading thru balls. Scholesy has not done too badly since he is back, and Nani when on top form is a master at it, and he didn’t do too badly yesterday, when he with a little less clumsiness by forward play he could have had 3 or 4 assists rather than two πŸ˜† Chicharito would get the supplies at Wastelands, so I hope he resists them, but Fergie treat him like he has Berba, and if he goes to City to play football games Fergie will be made to rue the day.

  7. Nelson

    April 23, 2012 at 6:33 am

    It’s Monday but i am still feeling pig sick about yesterday’s performance and the blame squarely lies on both defence and Sir Alex’s failure to tactically respond to the danger posed by Fellaini and Pienaar. As many have said, at 4-2,we should have taken a striker off, switch to a 4-5-1 formation, bringing on Jones to anchor the midfield and give him strict instructions to try and hustle Fellaini. It was obvious for all to see that all the dangerous play from Everton in the final third was started by the Afro man.

    Tactics always change in a match and it is the responsibility (i.e. The fucking job) of the manager and the technical bench to respond and make necessary changes to counter the threats posed by the opposition’s tactics and Yesterday, Sir Alex and the bench failed to do that and cost us dearly. The defense imploded, no doubt about it but still if Sir Alex and the bench acted earlier i.e bolster the midfield when the score was at 4-2,then we might just have gotten three points.

    So, it comes down to Monday which is basically do or die. On one hand, when I look at the similar situation we were in earlier in the season against F.C Basel, we failed the test and thus got knocked out of the champions league and coupled by the ‘throwing it all away’ mission we seemed to have embarked on in the last two weeks,I don’t feel confident about the city game. On the other hand, Manchester United has a reputation of making it hard for themselves and when Sir Alex seemingly has his back against the wall, United always deliver, making the sour taste we fickle fans always have in our mouth magically disappear. Which United will it be on Monday? I hope it will be the later

    I’ll finish by saying that what would pain me the most if we lose (and I repeat, IF) the title to shitty is that we worked so hard to dislodge them from the top of the league,went 8 points clear then decided to fucking throw it all away at the last mile.

  8. Nelson

    April 23, 2012 at 6:54 am

    A bit of superstition but here it goes. On their way to winning the title this season, Borussia Dortmund drew 4-4 with Stuttgart (Stuttgart scoring the equalizer with the last kick of the game) and seemingly threw away a comfortable lead over Bayern Munich but in a do or die clash midweek against Bayern,they won 1-0, opened a six point gap and that proved to be crucial in their defense of the title

    Here we are in England, Manchester United draws 4-4 with Everton and face Manchester City near midweek. A match that if Manchester United win will open up a 6 point gap with two games remaining (almost exactly the same situation as Dortmund). Did the football gods give us the same fate as Dortmund ? πŸ˜†

    • Opti

      April 23, 2012 at 2:38 pm

      @Nelson: Add in that last year, in game 35, we lost to Arsenal (damn Ramsey!) to keep us just ahead of Chelsea with game 36 = United vs. Chelsea. We won and rest is history!!!

      #20

      • Stephen

        April 23, 2012 at 2:52 pm

        @Opti: I wish I had your faith bro, I have taken a serious turn to negative town. I have never felt so gutted after a result, to throw a 2 goal lead away is negligence.

        • Opti

          April 23, 2012 at 3:05 pm

          @Stephen: After the City game, we will either stroll down Happy Street or get lost in Negative Town. For now, I am blowing my emotional allowance all over Happy Street! πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

        • Stephen

          April 23, 2012 at 3:12 pm

          @Opti: πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

  9. Stephen

    April 23, 2012 at 8:24 am

    What an awful result, I feel awful this morning almost like the league is lost. We are in danger of blowing this title and the players and manager should know they are letting the fans down. We played some great stuff in spells yesterday, be conceding 4 at home is a joke.

  10. Stephen

    April 23, 2012 at 10:36 am

    As much as want to be optimistic about the title, yesterday was a devastating result. Going to City who’s tails are up is going to be very hard. A draw would be a great result but I now fear the worst. The senior players let us all down yesterday and even now I am starting to think Fergie should have done something to shut the game down. What was 8 points is now 3, we had the title pretty much in the bag and more bad defending has cost us. Will they ever learn?! This is school boy stuff I can’t believe what happened yesterday!??!
    United are cracking up.
    Also credit to Welbeck yesterday, I have given him stick but in the past 2 games he has been excellent.

    • Craig Mc

      April 23, 2012 at 2:33 pm

      @Stephen: Agreed mate, but United are not cracking up, just the defensive play and Fergie sitting watching Fellaini winning every 50-50 ball nearly the whole game, and did feck all about it – that’s what’s sad, poor thinking where tactical change is needed. Those United lads looked as devastated as we did yesterday. And Fergie had the audacity to give them a bollocking when he should have been looking at himself and his lack of fixing the problem staring everybody in the face during the game. Moyes beat Fergie hands down at the tactical battle. Sad but true lads.

      • Stephen

        April 23, 2012 at 3:22 pm

        @Craig Mc: I also think the senior players like Rio, Scholes, Carrick and Evra need to take some responsiblity. They have been there and got the T-shirt, Fergie should have put Giggs on to see the game out. Fergie was laughing and joking with the fourth offical rather than concentrating on what was important, winning the game.

  11. Stephen

    April 23, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    I have been staunchly defending the manager of late but here are some questions I would like answered please.

    Why did not not sign a midfield player in the Summer? The World and his wife could see the necessity bar him.

    Why did we not sell Berba to PSG for Β£16m? He has been treated poorly and if you don’t want to play him, sell him.

    Why do we have only one recognised left back in our squad? Who is a best erratic.

    Why are we lined to yet another winger in Gaitan and Hazard?

    Why are we conceding so many goals this season? What do we coach during the week?!

    Why is Evra our current captain?!

  12. colver

    April 23, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Stephen all those questions are valid.

    Eddie I agree that exciting attacking and shoddy defending has been par the course this season. But even if we are in a transition phase I do not think we have all the players we need to reach the dizzying heights of yesteryear.

    We lack a commanding midfielder general. There is no steel in our midfield. Cleverley can’t defend and does not really have much creativity or goal scoring threat. In short your typical overrated English midfielder.

    . Carrick is lightweight and easily taken out of the game by a team that can move the ball fast. Scholes is a stop-gap which can be taken as an embarassing indication that our current squad isn’t good enough. Anderson is so injury prone as to be rendered useless. And Pogba is a very uncertain prospect. Even if he has potential he certainly does not have the emotional maturity we need in the middle of the park.

    Neither Jones nor Rafael fills me with any real confidence in the right back position. In fact Jones does not fill me with any confidence at all. His enthusiasm is useful in a midtable team that is expected to concede a lot of goals. But in a team like ours where mistakes are the difference between success and failure we cannot afford someone so rash. The same applies to Rafael.

    Personally I would prefer a return to the days when full backs were solid defensively and it was left to the wingers to provide the offensive threat.

    4-4-2 is proving to be a liability at times this season and I think we definitely need a plan B against the better teams.

    Personally I’d like to see a move towards a 4-3-3 with Nani and Welbeck dovetailing Rooney. That would of course need an additional midfielder to play alongside Carrick and Pogba.

    The positives however are there. So it would only take a few sensible signings to get us back on track.

    Evans is growing in stature as a defender and Smalling also has a lot of potential. De Gea is very talented. Rooney once again shows he is capable of scoring 30 goals a season even without playing especially well by his standards. Welbeck does not have the consistency but he is showing a lot of intelligence in his link up play. Valencia and Nani are very good and have many years left in the tank.

    • Moscow

      April 23, 2012 at 2:31 pm

      @colver: Some great points here. We don’t just lack world class midfielders anymore. We’re just completely impoverished now, relying on Scholes or Giggs pushing towards 40 to partner Carrick.

    • Stephen

      April 23, 2012 at 2:35 pm

      @colver: It is hard not agree with that Colver, I think you maybe a little harsh on Cleverley though. For he he has ability and just needs a run of games. Bar that I agree with you.

    • Opti

      April 23, 2012 at 2:57 pm

      @colver: I think Rafael has potential to become as good as Alves. Rafael is strong (for his size), fast, can pass and cross (but not shoot) and his main weakness is jumping. Whether than can be improved, only the coaches can say, but I think Rafael has the building blocks for greatness in a team that is made for flying FBs… which I think is the future of football…

      Jones, I am not sure about either. Breath of fresh air in first 5-10 games and then was found out… at CB, RB, and CM. Not sure what he has besides a desire to be great and a physical presence.

      Pogba and Cleverly are still rather unknown due to lack of first team action. Cleverly was smoking hot in first 5-10 games and looked like our MESSIah, but got injured and never became part of a mobile and quick midfield again (scholes did return and Anderson got injured, but alas…)

      I also agree that 442 is outdated and would prefer a 433/451 hybrid with a mobile and dynamic midfield, attacking fullbacks DCM, AM, and 1.5 strikers (Rooney plus winger)… pretty much how Barca is set up πŸ™‚ πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

      I am also OK with an “outscoring” mentality, provided we can actually defend when we need to (i.e. if we lead 3-1 or 4-2 with 20 minutes to go πŸ˜‰ )

      Glory Glory Man United!!!

      PS: We are getting Vidic and Fletcher back next year (I hope!) and adding one CM (surely?!?!) and another young striker (with Berba/Owen leaving).

      As Eddy seddy: THE FUTURE IS RED!

    • Opti

      April 23, 2012 at 3:04 pm

      @colver: On Evans,

      He has improved A LOT this season, but it could just be due to a continuous presence in XI. I do, however, think he lacks technique a la Rio and his tackling is often brutish and leads to fouls and when Vidic comes back I don’t think Evans will be picked over Smalling… who is a lot more like Rio and with higher potential.

      But what do I know..

      • Stephen

        April 23, 2012 at 3:15 pm

        @Opti: He has improved greatly and is a great squad player, but he still looks like there is a mistake in him. I feel for Smalling, he had a great first season and seems to be the forgotton man.

        • Opti

          April 23, 2012 at 3:47 pm

          @Stephen: Smalling suffered from Rio coming back (i.e. competition) and a leaky defense when Smalling+Jones+Evans played together at City:

          I would even say that Jones may be the worst EVER CB we have had:

          Jones’ bad games:
          6-1 City game at OT: played for 24 minutes (entered when score = 2-0 City) and we conceded 4 more goals;

          3-2 Bilbao game at OT: played all game and we got completely outplayed (team failure)/ massacred!

          2-1 Ajax game at OT: team outplayed at home.

          3-2 Blackburn at OT: Jones play 90 mins

          3-0 Newcastle: Jones has OG and played a part in first goal.

          Seems like Jones’ bad games happen to be United’s bad games too…. no wonder he is on the bench.

  13. Moscow

    April 23, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    I am still a little shocked by what happened but considering the number of humiliations we have had to endure this season, I recovered more quickly than I would have, say, 3-4 years ago.

    Jones is John O’Shea without the reliability at the moment, he is very young and is bound to improve but his lack of height will haunt him for the rest of his career. I don’t think he has the intelligence or maturity to play a right back role at the moment, much like Rafael who better thank his lucky stars Valencia covers him. He is pretty terrible in midfield as well, but the coaching staff don’t help by chucking him into a 2 man midfield with Giggs. Carrick is our only reliable midfielder who isn’t 37 years, and that for me is very worrying. I think Carrick has worked miracles this season considering that he is not helped by anyone, and he usually has to pass through a 3 man opposition midfield. Imagine what he would do playing in a 3 man midfield.

    Welbeck put out a great performance against Everton, it’s such a shame that it was overshadowed by the final result. He had his shooting boots on and his movement troubled Everton all game. However, I don’t think he is a world class striker (and never likely to be), and he doesn’t do very well when shunted out wide so I don’t see a future for him at the club if we play 4-3-3.

    If we are playing with a Scholes-Carrick combination next season I refuse to watch any more of this dross. Honestly, if Fergie isn’t eating his words about how we don’t need midfielders, he never will and I’d give up. It is astonishing that we would be screwed if not for a guy we dragged out of retirement in the middle of the season 😯

    Oh, and Anderson sucks. So much so that I feel the need to insult him even when he is injured. The fat fucker needs to buck up his ideas and get the hell out of here back to whichever favela spawned his sorry football abilities.

    I actually fancy our chances at the Etihad provided we are not stupid enough to get outnumbered in midfield. A 4-4-2 formation by us will see a humiliation of epic proportions and a pitch invasion at the end by City fans celebrating a 6-0 win.

  14. Spizzy

    April 23, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Atleast this sets up the derby nicely. We should never have been 8 points ahead, we have not been that good throughout the season to beat city by double figures. The table doesn’t lie but it was masking the truth there.
    I don’t know how I feel really ,part of me doesn’t want united winning it as I feel we have been dismal and dire abd winning the league would be putting a shiny finish on what has been a poor season by united, but another part just wants to win no matter what. I think however that i have already conceded the title,I don’t think we will do the job actually. This is a team that was expected to bully the group stages against teams whose names desert me but couldn’t keep composure and when winning mattered were unable to come up with the goods.
    Fergie’s squads are famous for turning up when it mattered but this current crop have fallen flat whenever they have been asked to deliver. It’s one thing winning when everyone expects you to but it’s another thing when it’s not so straight forward. They seem to be unable to hold on or to see games through. The loss to everton is no biggie, those happen to every once in a while, the league is still ours to loose and knowing this team they’ll hand over the advantage to city on monday.
    Not many want to read this and I expect 10 thumb downs, but ther’s something lacking in this current squad that time and again the gaffer has to talk about concentration and defence. I’d like to know how many times he has talked about concentration this season and how often that word was used 2-3 seasons ago. We seem incapable of learning and frankly i’m getting tired of “we’ll bounce back”.

  15. Yang

    April 24, 2012 at 7:17 am

    I think that disappointment come from stupidity of players, We are already had two goals cushion, Everton only had one attacking plan on their book, why nobody think stop their wing-back? It is not like we face messi’s fancy run which is unstoppable at times. Playing without your head is my problem with current team.

  16. Stephen

    April 24, 2012 at 9:50 am

    I have managed to get tickets for next Tuesday, tht was bloody hard work I must say, has anyone else tried?
    This is a either very brave and will be the worst night of my footablling life or one of the greatest……God knows…

    • Ian

      April 24, 2012 at 10:11 am

      Ffs don’t go on Tuesday!! πŸ™‚

      • Stephen

        April 24, 2012 at 11:24 am

        @Ian: Yes meant Monday 😳 probably would have enjoyed it more on Tuesday!! 😐 πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜†

        • Ian

          April 24, 2012 at 12:52 pm

          I believe you’ll have a great night πŸ™‚

        • Stephen

          April 24, 2012 at 1:11 pm

          @Ian: I hope so mate, it cost enough! 😯 πŸ˜€
          It will be good to be there if we play well and get at least a draw, if not it could be a long night.

        • Opti

          April 24, 2012 at 2:09 pm

          @Stephen: Can you go online with your phone? Take pics? Could be fun to get “real-time” updates from the ground… πŸ˜€

          Enjoy the game!!! I will be looking for you on my stream!!!

        • Stephen

          April 24, 2012 at 3:11 pm

          @Opti: Yes mate, I will try.
          I am not sure if I am just putting myself through this because of some sadistic self loathing πŸ˜• , but if we win it could be one our greatest nights! πŸ˜›

        • Opti

          April 24, 2012 at 4:14 pm

          @Stephen: Yes! A win would be magnificent!!

          Hopefully City get another Moral victory only πŸ™‚

        • Stephen

          April 24, 2012 at 4:30 pm

          @Opti: πŸ˜† πŸ˜† That reminds me when a Chelsea player described themselves as “vice Champions” when they lost the Champions League to us….

  17. RedDevilEddy

    April 24, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Despite it being a dissapointing result against Everton, and us having thrown away 5 points in the last 3 games, I gotta say this sets up Monday pretty nicely. By doing what we have done, we have created a game that goes down as the biggest Premier League game EVER. At least beforehand! If we win, we win the League, if City win then we are even with 2 games to go. It’s a derby, it’s two teams about fighting for the title, and the chasing team are at home. We all know what’s going on, and in fairness I’m looking forward to it! πŸ˜€ It’s because of these type of games that we are following United, do-or-die games that will shape the destiny of everything. I’m loving this, just picturing Welbeck scoring a 92-minute winner at their ground and everyone going balistic, fans and players alike…. The pitch will be stormed by United-fans, the players will go wild, Mike Phelan will probably take of his shorts and dance around the pitch in his bare nickers! I can’t fucking wait!

  18. RedDevilEddy

    April 24, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Oh and Stephen, you are one lucky son of a bitch!!! πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

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