Reds seek Emirates win to seal title

Needing just seven points to seal the Premier League title, Sir Alex Ferguson says that his Manchester United team will play to win against Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday. Victory, while not guaranteeing the title, will bring United to within touching distance of a 19th domestic championship. But, warns the Scot, all teams could drop points with just four games to go before the season’s end.

United faces an Arsenal team whose confidence has crumbled since losing the Carling Cup final to Birmingham City in February. Arsène Wenger’s side has dropped points against Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Bolton Wanderers in the past fortnight, although there is still an outside chance the Londoners could win the title.

“There is still drama ahead,” said Ferguson on Friday, whose side is seeking a third win at the Emirates in a row.

“The teams at the top will drop points, including Chelsea. Two months ago everyone was looking at these two games as league deciders. They probably are now

“But if we get to the last home game needing to win it to win the league, I would be happy with that. The slant I seemed to be getting is that Arsenal and Chelsea are expecting to win these games and change the top of the league.

“Why can’t we win these matches? Surely, given the form we are in, we can. It is not going to be any easier for Arsenal or Chelsea than it is for us. These are difficult games. A point away from home at Arsenal is not the worst point – but that is not what we are going down there looking for.

“It’s important to keep momentum going by winning games. That’s vital. Draws don’t come into it now, it’s all about wins. We’ve got a big few games coming up and we need to win them.”

Ferguson will welcome back top goalscorer Dimitar Berbatov for the match, which United has won 3-1 on the last two visits to north London. The Bulgarian has started just one of United’s past 13 matches but with 21 Premier League goals this season is likely to finish as the league’s top goalscorer. The 30-year-old has missed the past three matches with a minor groin strain.

Darren Fletcher also returns to the traveling party, although he is unlikely to start. The Scot has missed two months with a mystery virus but played the first half of the reserves’ 0-0 draw with Arsenal at Old Trafford on Thursday night. However, the Scotland captain has noticeably lost weight during the absence, although he has been in full training for the past two weeks.

“Dimitar is fit again. He had a slight groin strain but he has trained all week,” added Ferguson

“He [Fletcher] is progressing and it is possible we could include him on Wednesday for another 45 minutes. It is good that he is back. He has put his weight back on. He has worked hard in the gym. He is a great addition to the squad.”

Arsenal v Manchester United, Emirates, 1 May 2011Ferguson will rest midfielder Ryan Giggs for the trip despite the Welshman’s outstanding form in central midfield in the past two months. The 37-year-old scored United’s opening goal against Schalke on Tuesday night and has been a pivotal figure in a more fluid style adopted by United in recent weeks.

Meanwhile, Ferguson may opt to bring Nani back into the side, with Antonio Valencia having played repeatedly since his return from injury. Fabio da Silva will continue at right-back with John O’Shea and his brother Rafael still struggling with injury.

Anderson is likely to start in Giggs’ place after the Brazilian’s purposeful showing against Everton last weekend. The €30 million midfielder has started just 12 Premier League matches in another disappointing campaign marked by inconsistent performances and injury. Yet the youngster, still just 22-years-old, is likely to take on the creative midfield mantle next season unless Ferguson’s breaks with recent tradition and buys an established midfielder during the summer.

Indeed, Ferguson admitted that United lacks the same creative force as in previous campaigns, with more workmanlike players coming to the fore this season. It is an attitude, along with United’s playing and coaching experience, which Ferguson believes will serve the Reds well during the final matches of the season.

“This team might not have the ‘Ronaldo’ factor, but it doesn’t understand the word defeat,” said Ferguson, whose side has lost just three matches in the Premier League.

“It’s determined, gritty and very professional, and it’s produced some great moments. It’s not as if we’ve been devoid of that [fantasy]. Some of the football we’ve seen from the players this season has been terrific.

“We’ve had some fantastic games over the years at this stage of the season, but we’ve also had some disappointments. You’ve just got to take the rough with the smooth.

“The players see how staff behave and how they conduct themselves in situations like we’re in at the moment, and there’s a lot of experience amongst the backroom team, which provides a calming influence.

Two or three of the older players help too. The likes of Ryan, Paul, Rio and Edwin – we’ve got enough experience to handle any situation that comes along.”

Meanwhile, Wenger faces the challenge of rebuilding his side’s confidence following a damaging period in which Carling loss was followed by FA Cup and Champions League exits and a crumbling title challenge. Wenger is without injured duo Alou Diaby and Łukasz Fabianski, although key defender Thomas Vermaelen came through the reserve fixture with United on Thursday night and could start.

The Frenchman’s outfit has won just twice since the loss to Birmingham, and one of those matches was against League Two outfit Leyton Orient in the FA Cup. Coupled with the Londoners’ horrendous recent record against United, in which Ferguson’s side has won eight of the last 10 meetings, few expect Arsenal to provide any resistance on Sunday afternoon.

United’s manager, players and millions of supporters are counting on it.

Match Facts
Premier League. Emirates, London, 2.05pm.

Teams
Arsenal – 433 – Szczesny; Sagna, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Clichy; Song, Wilshere, Fabregas;Walcott, van Persie, Nasri. Subs from: Lehmann, Squillaci, Eboue, Gibbs, Chamakh, Ramsey, Arshavin, Bendtner, Djourou.

United – 4411 – van der Sar; Fabio da Silva, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Nani, Carrick, Anderson, Park; Rooney; Hernandez. Subs from: Kuszazck, Brown, Evans, Smalling, Rafael da Silva, Gibson, Valencia, Owen, O’Shea, Giggs, Berbatov.

Officials
Referee: Chris Foy
Assistant referees: John Flynn & Andy Garratt
Fourth official: Lee Mason

Form
Arsenal – DDWDDL
United – WWLDWW

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  1. SpudiatorSpudiator says

    I’m gonna stick my neck out and predict wins both tomorrow against Arsenal and against Chelsea next week. If we’re gonna win the league, let’s do it in style.

  2. Alfonso BedoyaAlfonso Bedoya says

    I think it all depends on the first goal.

    Arsenal are a deflated team, and if we score first, they’ll lose interest in the game… but if they score, they’ll enjoy putting the clappers on our title charge.

  3. han says

    ffs no radio 5 live coverage
    i really do not want to listen to talk shite sport and the mindless shrieking of collycunt

  4. han says

    make no mistake, the arse will be gunning for us
    play like we have recently and we will get a result
    wow i am really pooing it

  5. ltel says

    Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Koscielny, Djourou, Clichy, Song, Ramsey, Wilshere, Walcott, Nasri, van Persie. Subs: Lehmann, Squillaci, Arshavin, Eboue, Gibbs, Chamakh, Bendtner.
    Man Utd: Van der Sar, Fabio Da Silva, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Park, Carrick, Anderson, Nani, Hernandez, Rooney. Subs: Kuszczak, Owen, Berbatov, Smalling, Rafael Da Silva, O’Shea, Valencia.
    Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside

  6. Joner says

    We have a much stronger team than them today, Nasri and Van Persie are my only concern but confident our defense can deal with them.

    2-0 United

  7. Alfonso BedoyaAlfonso Bedoya says

    Patience Tel… there’ll be good English links come game time.

    Sopcast – 82153 … should be decent.

    • Joner says

      3 times i think? He will catch them sooner or later. Park waited to long to pass on the last one.

  8. brianofnazarethbrianofnazareth says

    han said:
    how many times has sweet pea been offside this half?
    come on hernandez

    Was going to post just the same thing!

    We so slow today haven’t woken up yet… we’ll concede first today FFS

  9. brianofnazarethbrianofnazareth says

    Wilshire is a annoying cunt!! going to have to see his cuntface for the next 10 years! FFS

  10. Joner says

    Decent first half considering we didnt have much posession. Contained a lot of pressure, even if it was with a sneaky hand ball. The midfield arent getting forward at all Nani needs more support when he gets on the ball. Think some players look a bit jaded i.e. Hernandez, Park.

  11. sheesh says

    Not watching the game as I am doing some work. Just monitoring the BBC Website. It seems that Arsenal have been the better side and should have had a penalty after Vidic spacked out.
    Rooney on a yellow as well. He will need to be careful.
    Is he playing Hernandez again? FFS.

  12. Alfonso BedoyaAlfonso Bedoya says

    OK… no problems… aside from Vidic trying to play volley ball…

    We seem to be playing a strange game plan though… is Fergie trying to get practise in for how to play Barcelona?

  13. says

    sheesh said:
    Not watching the game as I am doing some work. Just monitoring the BBC Website. It seems that Arsenal have been the better side and should have had a penalty after Vidic spacked out.

    Rooney on a yellow as well. He will need to be careful.

    Typical United mate why do it easily

  14. han says

    need to speed the passing and tempo up – starting slowly always has us on the back foot
    bring on Vman for nani – that will bring a different pace to the game for sure

  15. brianofnazarethbrianofnazareth says

    Has been coming all game tbf…

    Why we gave them so much space is beyond me… we’re so far off the pace it’s unreal…. were we ever going to make it easy? NO so we now have to beat Chelski next week!

  16. Alfonso BedoyaAlfonso Bedoya says

    Actually, I’m not worried…

    There’s plenty of time left… we’ve scored plenty late… and Arse have conceded plenty late… good combination… and what’s more, we were doing fuck all till they scored… now we’re going to have a go… and we’re pretty good at that.

  17. sheesh says

    Alfonso Bedoya said:
    Actually, I’m not worried…

    There’s plenty of time left… we’ve scored plenty late… and Arse have conceded plenty late… good combination… and what’s more, we were doing fuck all till they scored… now we’re going to have a go… and we’re pretty good at that.

    Do we look like we can score, though? Or is it just us having more possession and not doing anything with it.

  18. brianofnazarethbrianofnazareth says

    Alfonso Bedoya said:
    Bring on Berbs for Park, and drop Rooney back…

    Park’s job is just to run and close down….we’ll he’s even managed to fuck that up so get the “shirt seller” off and get someone on who can hold the ball…. we’re missing Giggs!! FFS

  19. sheesh says

    brianofnazareth said:
    Are we possible the worst side in the Premier league at corners??

    Without question. Our set pieces are appalling. We are particularly bad at corners, so predictable and inept in the execution.

  20. Alfonso BedoyaAlfonso Bedoya says

    Rooney should take this.
    *edit*
    Cunt!

    “Badges, to god-damned hell with badges! We have no badges. In fact, we don’t need badges. I don’t have to show you any stinking badges, you god-damned cabrón and ching’ tu madre! Come out from that shit-hole of yours. I have to speak to you.”

  21. brianofnazarethbrianofnazareth says

    CARRICK DON’T JUST WATCH HIM RUN OFF YOU, YOU FUCKING CUNT!!!!!!!!! YOUR A BOLLOCKLESS TWAT AND I HATE YOU MORE THAN ANY OTHER UNITED PLAYER EVER!!!!!

  22. brianofnazarethbrianofnazareth says

    Let’s be fair we’ve deserved fuck all here….and that’s just what we’ll get! Have no fear though we’ll beat Chelski at OT

  23. brianofnazarethbrianofnazareth says

    Penalty…. and BIG NOSED SMITH LAUGHS!!! Well done Sky great choice of commentator ffs

  24. brianofnazarethbrianofnazareth says

    sheesh said:
    Alf, you want us to attack Barcelona with this midfield?

    You sure?

    LOL I don’t think any real United fan expects us to beat Barca in their hearts…..

  25. Alfonso BedoyaAlfonso Bedoya says

    Got to say… Arsenal are playing with real determination today… they are beating us in every tackle, and deserve this scoreline.

    We’re just not in the game.

  26. brianofnazarethbrianofnazareth says

    Oh well we deserved what we got 0 POINTS!!

    Onwards to Chelski now…a MUST-WIN-GAME

  27. Alfonso BedoyaAlfonso Bedoya says

    sheesh said:
    Alf, you want us to attack Barcelona with this midfield?

    You sure?

    You want us to park the bus against Barcelona with this midfield?

  28. sheesh says

    Alfonso Bedoya said:
    You want us to park the bus against Barcelona with this midfield?

    Attacking would be suicidal.

  29. Alfonso BedoyaAlfonso Bedoya says

    Sheeshy… you are NOT going to keep Barcelona scoreless… might as well try to outscore them… not saying it will work… but trying to defend for 90 minutes, is exactly what Barcelona are masters of playing against.

  30. han says

    fucked up here today big time
    a point would have ok
    that said, we did enough for that i think
    i hate that motherfucker stan collycunt even more now

  31. han says

    are we going to fuck this season up now?
    fuck off
    bring on the rent boys and beat them at OT for the title

  32. han says

    anderson was a fucking waste of space in the middle – carrick was poor but then thats been his usual self this season
    players looked jaded in all truth and even sweet pea had a poor game

  33. Victor says

    Hah, I am almost 100% certain that United will play like this against Chelsea (defensive, counterattack) and possibly lose and go to 2nd place.

    If they play with this mindset next weekend, I hope United lose.

    Not even the mighty City player Denis Law could save United when they play like this.

  34. han says

    Blog Commenter said:
    Hah, I am almost 100% certain that United will play like this against Chelsea (defensive, counterattack) and possibly lose and go to 2nd place.

    If they play with this mindset next weekend, I hope United lose.

    Not even the mighty City player Denis Law could save United when they play like this.

    fucking hell
    i have met some twats in my life but you are fucking right up there head and shoulders above some pricks ive come across – hoping United lose – what a crock of horse shit u eating?

  35. says

    Some of the football analysts/commentators are desparate. They should take notes on some of the American sports analysts, they know their stuff, research and are generally impartial.

  36. sheesh says

    han said:
    anderson was a fucking waste of space in the middle – carrick was poor but then thats been his usual self this season
    players looked jaded in all truth and even sweet pea had a poor game

    They had 5 days between the schalke game and the arsenal game ffs. I swear, every time we drop points, I hear this bollocks excuse.

  37. says

    Park has to hold his hand up for the goal, he lost Ramsey and stood watching as he scored – very very poor.

    Again our lack of really quality in the middle of the park told. Fletcher is being sorely missed at the moment, lets hope he gets a start or at least some game time Wednesday.

  38. han says

    that commentary on talk shite was just pure torture
    i swear every time 5 live fuck up with their commentaries and i listen to that fucking neanderthal collytwat, united have a poor match and lose

    still, 3 points ahead and 3 games to go
    it is still up to the lads to show what they are made of

  39. dozer says

    Away defeats to Chelsea, Liverpool, City at Wembley and now Arsenal.
    What did you expect? My only regret is I missed placing a bet on Arsenal to win.
    Apart from hope, there was nothing to foresee United getting any points off this game.

  40. says

    Blog Commenter said:
    Hah, I am almost 100% certain that United will play like this against Chelsea (defensive, counterattack) and possibly lose and go to 2nd place.

    If they play with this mindset next weekend, I hope United lose.

    Not even the mighty City player Denis Law could save United when they play like this.

    What the fuck are you for a United fan if you hope they lose regardless of how they play you want the lads to win.

    End of story ……

  41. says

    We are still in the box seat. It may come down to us having to beat Blackpool at home by more than Chelsea beat Everton away.

    For the Chelsea game we need Fletcher in for Ando, Valencia for Park & Rafael for Fabio.

  42. says

    han said:
    fucking hell
    i have met some twats in my life but you are fucking right up there head and shoulders above some pricks ive come across – hoping United lose – what a crock of horse shit u eating?

    Just added my ten penneth to that Spastic cunt remark as well.

  43. herbie simms says

    SAF will come up with his usual lame excuse that the players were still tired after their game against Schalke 04.
    The players maybe more focused on getting to the final of the Champions league. This is a very difficult schedule and I would now fancy Chelsea for the league title unless Everton can stop them in the final game. SAF will have to rest most of his main players against Schalke to have any chance of beating Chelsea at Old Trafford. I just think today, United blew it.

  44. says

    Blog Commenter said:
    SAF will come up with his usual lame excuse that the players were still tired after their game against Schalke 04.
    The players maybe more focused on getting to the final of the Champions league. This is a very difficult schedule and I would now fancy Chelsea for the league title unless Everton can stop them in the final game. SAF will have to rest most of his main players against Schalke to have any chance of beating Chelsea at Old Trafford. I just think today, United blew it.

    Fuck off you glory hunting spastic cunt from whence you came, we are still in the driving seat support the lads or fuck off elsewhere.

  45. brianofnazarethbrianofnazareth says

    Park….honestly worst footballer we’ve had in the last 20 years.

    Carrick… Can’t be bothered writing anymore about that “man”

    Ando was shocking so was Fabio… we were slow, clueless a bit like Robbo on the nest!

  46. says

    Then “Fuck Off” elsewhere and support Chelsea or some other team then, this is a Manchester United Football Club Forum for fans who support the team regardless of whether they win or lose, we may bitch call Rudolph and the players names but at the end of the day when the shit hits the fan were behind the team.

  47. says

    brianofnazareth said:
    Park….honestly worst footballer we’ve had in the last 20 years.

    Carrick… Can’t be bothered writing anymore about that “man”

    Ando was shocking so was Fabio… we were slow, clueless a bit like Robbo on the nest!

    Hi Brain

  48. says

    Blog Commenter said:
    Iam not going to support a load of rubbish. Get a life!

    Then “Fuck Off” elsewhere and support Chelsea or some other team then, this is a Manchester United Football Club Forum for fans who support the team regardless of whether they win or lose, we may bitch call Rudolph and the players names but at the end of the day when the shit hits the fan were behind the team.

    • Damian Garside says

      Hey who are you to try and censor people here ? My football team right or wrong — you would have been good cannon fodder on the Russian front in the 1940s.

      Fergie said we would win the league in style in two weeks. “In style”: well, patently, that isn’t going to happen, the best we will probably do is scrape it by a single point or on goal difference. Remember, Chelsea were once 18 points behind us. When we were away at Wolves we went 1-0 up in the first five minutes and I thought, that’s it, if we win now nobody can catch us! And we lost! Certainly, we seem have lost the momentum and need to get it back against Chelsea bigtime at OT. Going out to City in the Cup AND letting Chelsea take us from behind (no pun intended) would be unthinkable. For this to happen and for us to go on to beat Barca in the Cahmapions League Final would be, well, like, quantum theory: so totally crazy.

      So to all you United Nazis out there: leave us United doubters alone and free to express our point of view. You act tough but your bombast and postures of aggression don’t fool us. If we do blowout your blubbing will be way the loudest.

  49. baggio365 says

    fuck it. shitty performance in general. a couple of good moments, but never really looked like winning. stupid goal to concede though. that’s what happens when you change around the midfield and the new guy doesnt know what he’s doing.

    beating chelski is the most important thing right now. it’ll be a cracker of a game. both sides will be up for it.

  50. herbie simms says

    Robbo, why are you so angry? Iam a dedicated United supporter but I don’t like a lot of dumb shit. Now and then we play like crap and we pay for it. But today was the wrong day to blow 3 points, especially since Chelsea won yesterday.
    You must be realistic, United have put themselves under a lot of pressure now to win the league title and our away form continues to haunt us. You need to pay attention.

  51. Just1n says

    Alfonso Bedoya said:
    Got to say… Arsenal are playing with real determination today… they are beating us in every tackle, and deserve this scoreline.

    We’re just not in the game.

    About sums it up. We never really got going. Looked like we were in 2nd gear whole game.

  52. says

    Herbie who cares if we played shite today such is football you win some, you lose some a game can be influenced by a decision from the officials or an action from a player, but and this is the big one, if you support the team you do that regardless of everything, if you don’t support them when they lose whether deserved or not then your a glory hunter simple fact that.
    Whether or not we have put ourselves under pressure remains to be seen and after the match against Chelsea we will be a little wiser but considering how we have played at times we still have the possibility of achieving so much should make you proud to be a fan even if we blow it.
    So you see there is no need to pay attention or be realistic as a fan doesn’t give two flying fucks about that.
    Now move along and fuck off to Blue Moon, RAWK or some other shitehole and spout your shite.

  53. says

    Blog Commenter said:
    Robbo, why are you so angry? Iam a dedicated United supporter but I don’t like a lot of dumb shit. Now and then we play like crap and we pay for it. But today was the wrong day to blow 3 points, especially since Chelsea won yesterday.
    You must be realistic, United have put themselves under a lot of pressure now to win the league title and our away form continues to haunt us. You need to pay attention.

    Herbie who cares if we played shite today such is football you win some, you lose some a game can be influenced by a decision from the officials or an action from a player, but and this is the big one, if you support the team you do that regardless of everything, if you don’t support them when they lose whether deserved or not then your a glory hunter simple fact that.

    Whether or not we have put ourselves under pressure remains to be seen and after the match against Chelsea we will be a little wiser but considering how we have played at times we still have the possibility of achieving so much should make you proud to be a fan even if we blow it.

    So you see there is no need to pay attention or be realistic as a fan doesn’t give two flying fucks about that.

    Now move along and fuck off to Blue Moon, RAWK or some other shitehole and spout your shite.

  54. herbie simms says

    Iam not worrying about the Chelsea game, the big concern will be the away game at Blackburn, a team fighting relegation. United-Chelsea looks a good bet for a draw unless we can jump them early. Chelsea will hammer Newcastle at home which makes the Blackburn game a very important game for United. Even SAF admitted that!

  55. un-named says

    League title blown right there and then… i wish i could be optimistic but i’ve had this sick feeling about Chelsea ever since they were even 9 points away… we will need a monumental performance next weekend plus some magic away to Blackburn and i’m not too confident about us getting there (based on today’s performance.)

    We keep blaming the ‘away form’ as if it was some kind of unknown… it’s the same god-damned players playing with the same football on the same kind of surface against the same teams we play against at home! If we can do it so well in the Champions League, why not in the the domestic league?

    We didn’t deserve to win today… that’s why i’m gutted and the weekend couldn’t get worse… practically every team we don’t like to see win has won! FFS… United buck this trend and react quickly… we MUST beat Chelsea next weekend!

  56. herbie simms says

    I agree, we must move on, pick ourselves up and keep supporting the team whatever the result. As Phelan just said on BBC, we are still in good postion and we must push forward to win the title. Robbo, no need to get an attitude. I respect your comments.

  57. Jaffyjofer says

    The most serious concern for the match against Chelsea is which referee will officiate. Could be the deciding factor in the title race considering how much this weekend’s ridiculous decisions have affected it.

  58. Jaffyjofer says

    Nah, I definitely won’t. Cheers for the idea as well. One of those might actually cheer me up.

  59. says

    I honestly can’t believe how poor we were. Right from the kick-off and I feared that we would not be able to up it if Arsenal scored and that was what happened. Anderson has got to be sold. That boy is the second biggest waste of a United transfer after Berbatov! He just stood around any Arsenal player with the ball.

    In truth NOT one player today deserved to wear that shirt. I can’t believe what I saw. It seemed surreal. I was watching them and there was no urgency, no tempo, no sense of occasion and it was always going to end in tears. When we brought on Berbatov and Owen I knew the game was up.

  60. bman says

    Well that’s what the 6 point lead is for, to give us some breathing space for dropping points. The fact is that if we win the next PL game we win the league, and if we draw it we still have a 90% chance of winning the league, and it’s at home. This will just make the look on Terry’s face all the more priceless when Chico nicks the winner against the Chavs.

  61. says

    Calvino said:
    I honestly can’t believe how poor we were. Right from the kick-off and I feared that we would not be able to up it if Arsenal scored and that was what happened. Anderson has got to be sold. That boy is the second biggest waste of a United transfer after Berbatov! He just stood around any Arsenal player with the ball.

    In truth NOT one player today deserved to wear that shirt. I can’t believe what I saw. It seemed surreal. I was watching them and there was no urgency, no tempo, no sense of occasion and it was always going to end in tears. When we brought on Berbatov and Owen I knew the game was up.

    Cal who has hacked your account ????

    You want Anderson sold ?

  62. sheesh says

    bman said:
    Well that’s what the 6 point lead is for, to give us some breathing space for dropping points. The fact is that if we win the next PL game we win the league, and if we draw it we still have a 90% chance of winning the league, and it’s at home. This will just make the look on Terry’s face all the more priceless when Chico nicks the winner against the Chavs.

    I wouldn’t be too happy with a draw, in all honesty. An away trip at Blackburn is never easy – one we could easily drop points in, especially with our away form the way it has been this season.

    We need to win.

  63. han says

    Calvino said:
    I honestly can’t believe how poor we were. Right from the kick-off and I feared that we would not be able to up it if Arsenal scored and that was what happened. Anderson has got to be sold. That boy is the second biggest waste of a United transfer after Berbatov! He just stood around any Arsenal player with the ball.

    In truth NOT one player today deserved to wear that shirt. I can’t believe what I saw. It seemed surreal. I was watching them and there was no urgency, no tempo, no sense of occasion and it was always going to end in tears. When we brought on Berbatov and Owen I knew the game was up.

    typically harsh assessment from you especially with your comment on the subs – wtf was SAF supposed to do – bring on smalling and the twin? 1 thing i agree on with you is that that fat lump of lardarse posing as a midfielder needs to be fucked right off clse season
    the title is still united’s to lose

  64. han says

    bman said:
    Well that’s what the 6 point lead is for, to give us some breathing space for dropping points. The fact is that if we win the next PL game we win the league, and if we draw it we still have a 90% chance of winning the league, and it’s at home. This will just make the look on Terry’s face all the more priceless when Chico nicks the winner against the Chavs.

    bman take a bow
    ffs some fucking doom and gloom merchants on here

  65. says

    Robbo,
    Anderson has not done anything since his first season. He has one odd game in ten.

    han, I made that last statement on the knowledge that those two were never likely to bail us out. Let’s put it this way: if Hernandez had not started and was to come on I would have fancied him to bail us out. Those two? No confidence in them mate. Bolton at home was a one-off.

  66. says

    han said:
    bman take a bow
    ffs some fucking doom and gloom merchants on here

    I know ive been arguing with the twats and king of them all is fucking Herbie mate

  67. Damian Garside says

    I think Chelsea’s win yesterday has a lot to do with the Referee’s Association securing their supply of Russian lap dancers.

  68. han says

    Blog Commenter said:
    I think Chelsea’s win yesterday has a lot to do with the Referee’s Association securing their supply of Russian lap dancers.

    the refs made some bad calls yesterday
    like today in fact
    move on – nowt to see here

  69. han says

    Calvino said:
    Robbo,
    Anderson has not done anything since his first season. He has one odd game in ten.

    han, I made that last statement on the knowledge that those two were never likely to bail us out. Let’s put it this way: if Hernandez had not started and was to come on I would have fancied him to bail us out. Those two? No confidence in them mate. Bolton at home was a one-off.

    sweet pea looked knakked so he should have been a sub and not a starter
    owen and berbs lack matches especially the former but if they had actually been given some service when they were on, they could have changed things
    i know those 2 have never been rated by you but for all the ravings for anderson, he is proving a truck load of donkey shit

  70. Alfonso BedoyaAlfonso Bedoya says

    If I told you back in October that come May 1st, we’d be top of the league by 3 points, with only 3 games to play, and Chumpski at home to settle it… and 2 away goals in the Champs league semi… you’d all have taken it without thinking twice.

    We could quite easily still end up potless… but as far as I’m concerned, we’ve already exceded my expectations.

    I’ll be pissed off if we blow the title now… but what the hell… we haven’t lost anything yet… and I don’t care who the opposition is… on our patch this year… we are awesome… Chelsea my arse… come on then…

    Cunts!

  71. Sidsidney says

    Where were the counter attacks
    Total bullshit
    Bullshit from everyone
    The ref was a cunt too. I don’t think he favoured one team in particular, but he got a lot wrong… and, criminally, got in the way of 3 Arsenal attacks. It was funny to hear the outrage from Gooner cunts in the crowd, but still, that is fucking poor… actually preventing a team from attacking; from playing the game, because you’re too slow and too unaware of your surroundings to get the fuck out of the way
    We have some seriously shit refs in this league
    But the biggest cunt of all was Souness on Sky at half time. He was outraged that Arsenal were not awarded a penalty in the first half. It was a pen, but it was hard to see for a linesman who was 18 yards away. The way he said “it was all one way traffic” pissed me off – they had a lot of the ball, but not many chances.
    And Redknapp is literally an idiot, literally

  72. bman says

    It’s pretty amazing that if we win the league, it will be with the worst away record of any PL champion by a long shot, but if we get to CL final, it will be with arguably the best ever CL away record – not a single away goal conceded in the CL this season.

  73. Sidsidney says

    We’re in the shit now because we won’t beat Blackburn away

    We could do with beating Chelsea

  74. Alfonso BedoyaAlfonso Bedoya says

    Why blame the Ref for blocking a pass Sid… it’s not like he moved into the path of the ball… if you can’t pass the ball without hitting a stationary ref, that’s your fault… having said that… I agree… the refs are getting worse, not better.

    But I don’t think the ref affected the game today… the better team won… but yesterday was another matter… totally fucked up the game, and might have cost Spurs their place in the Champs league, and us the title.

  75. Ted says

    Today again for me was the living proof that Ando Carrick and Nani have no place at United. Simply not good enough. Ando’s seriously struggling with his weight, Carrick is a nothing midfielder and Nani just a poor mans Ronaldo. Arsenal are piss poor at the back and not once did we look like we was going to hurt them. We are too big of a club to rely so heavily on Rooney, cozz when he does’nt have a good game we invariably lose. And some of wobbly gob gangsta’s casual defending today was taking the piss. Like i akready said, Rooney, Vidic, the twins, Evra and Li’l peas aside, the rest are not United quality. That Schalke game flattered us beyond belief, but no matter what this season brings us, we need to get some shopping in and do some shipping out, cozz if an Arsenal with fuck all to play for make us look like an ale house team, well Lionel and his merry men will perform footballing bukkake on us.

  76. SpudiatorSpudiator says

    Shit result and shit performance, but we’ll still end the season as champions.

    What really pissed me off was MyP2P, managed to find an excellent stream at the start of the match, better picture quality than I get on the telly when matches are televised (it was like watching a game of FIFA 11 but with real faces, it was that sharp), but the connection died about 10 minutes from half time and got replaced with a really crappy resolution stream. I then spent the entire second half looking through different streams trying to find one that didn’t have really crackly sound, constantly stuttering and pixellated picture to the point of barely being able to make out what was happening, foreign commentary, or all of the above, so the end result was that I barely saw anything of the second half, although what I could make out looked pretty poor anyway.

  77. Sidsidney says

    Alfonso Bedoya said:
    Why blame the Ref for blocking a pass Sid… it’s not like he moved into the path of the ball… if you can’t pass the ball without hitting a stationary ref, that’s your fault… having said that… I agree… the refs are getting worse, not better.

    But I don’t think the ref affected the game today… the better team won… but yesterday was another matter… totally fucked up the game, and might have cost Spurs their place in the Champs league, and us the title.

    Players play balls towards referees all the time – you’ll see it happen a few times every weekend – and the refs simply get out of the way

    Maybe the odd one will hit him, but not 3… and especially when one of those intercepted balls prevents a counterattack and gives the ball to the opposition

    I can’t remember him being stationary. At least one of them he was moving with the play and simply wasn’t look at the man with the ball

    It’s just so poor

  78. sheesh says

    Ted said:
    Today again for me was the living proof that Ando Carrick and Nani have no place at United. Simply not good enough. Ando’s seriously struggling with his weight, Carrick is a nothing midfielder and Nani just a poor mans Ronaldo. Arsenal are piss poor at the back and not once did we look like we was going to hurt them. We are too big of a club to rely so heavily on Rooney, cozz when he does’nt have a good game we invariably lose. And some of wobbly gob gangsta’s casual defending today was taking the piss. Like i akready said, Rooney, Vidic, the twins, Evra and Li’l peas aside, the rest are not United quality. That Schalke game flattered us beyond belief, but no matter what this season brings us, we need to get some shopping in and do some shipping out, cozz if an Arsenal with fuck all to play for make us look like an ale house team, well Lionel and his merry men will perform footballing bukkake on us.

    I did not see the game but have been thinking the same thing about nani for a while now. Everyone had talked about how he had started improving since middle of last season. Actually, I think he has regressed in terms of his decision making when it comes to playing that final ball. He is still so selfish and nobody seems to have called him up on it. I really worry about this side and the way we keep shooting ourselves in the foot. It will not surprise me if we lose next weekend and surrender the title to chelsea.

  79. han says

    clear pen on owen
    fucking shit in eyes referee and his cock sucking linesman
    having said that vidic had a mong moment too and could have been sent off to boot
    apart from rooney who didnt have a brilliant game, none of our players looked up for the game
    park had a poor game by his standards against arsenal and sweet pea needs to come off the bench as opposed to starting next week

  80. herbie simms says

    Hey Robbo, why you not responding to all these oomments. You are the only twat on this site. Alfonso gets the ball rolling with his positive comments and so does everyone else.
    We all support the team in good times and bad but when SAF said he was resting some players, I think he got the starting team wrong. They are never up to it after a Champions league game for some reason and it showed today.
    Arsenal play much better football than Schalke so this was always going to be a difficult game but we lacked that killer instinct. Four hard games back to back will take its toll on the players. They will have to dig deep to win the title but everyone is behind them 100%.

  81. Pikey McScumPikey McScum says

    You know who we missed today, no question?

    Giggs.

    We’ll fuck them Russians up next week, no question. We were poor today, but by fuck will they be up for it next week!

  82. herbie simms says

    Yes, that is exactly what SAF said today. The team is looking forward to the Chelsea game, because as a player you are always looking to beat the champions and that could be the reason for the way United played today. Could be too focused on the Schalke and Chelsea games and were really not up for this game against Arsenal today.

  83. Alfonso BedoyaAlfonso Bedoya says

    sheesh said:
    I did not see the game but have been thinking the same thing about nani for a while now. Everyone had talked about how he had started improving since middle of last season. Actually, I think he has regressed in terms of his decision making when it comes to playing that final ball. He is still so selfish and nobody seems to have called him up on it. I really worry about this side and the way we keep shooting ourselves in the foot. It will not surprise me if we lose next weekend and surrender the title to chelsea.

    I’ve been bitching about Nani for weeks… it a fuckin massive frustration, because when he plays for the team, he’s excellent…

  84. Alfonso BedoyaAlfonso Bedoya says

    Pikey McScum said:
    You know who we missed today, no question?

    Giggs.

    We’ll fuck them Russians up next week, no question. We were poor today, but by fuck will they be up for it next week!

    Nope… the person we missed was Keane/Robson…

  85. Alfonso BedoyaAlfonso Bedoya says

    Blog Commenter said:
    Yes, that is exactly what SAF said today. The team is looking forward to the Chelsea game, because as a player you are always looking to beat the champions and that could be the reason for the way United played today. Could be too focused on the Schalke and Chelsea games and were really not up for this game against Arsenal today.

    Oh bollocks Herbie… quit trying to shine shit… we were rubbish… because we were rubbish… that’s it.

  86. says

    Blog Commenter said:
    Hey Robbo, why you not responding to all these oomments. You are the only twat on this site. Alfonso gets the ball rolling with his positive comments and so does everyone else.
    We all support the team in good times and bad but when SAF said he was resting some players, I think he got the starting team wrong. They are never up to it after a Champions league game for some reason and it showed today.
    Arsenal play much better football than Schalke so this was always going to be a difficult game but we lacked that killer instinct. Four hard games back to back will take its toll on the players. They will have to dig deep to win the title but everyone is behind them 100%.

    Quite simply Herbie because the majority of the comments are valid and not inane comments that you started or a few others after the match and me being a Twat, why thank you im also a cunt and a bastard to boot.

    Here the comments

    Hah, I am almost 100% certain that United will play like this against Chelsea (defensive, counterattack) and possibly lose and go to 2nd place.

    If they play with this mindset next weekend, I hope United lose.

    Not even the mighty City player Denis Law could save United when they play like this.

    SAF will come up with his usual lame excuse that the players were still tired after their game against Schalke 04.
    The players maybe more focused on getting to the final of the Champions league. This is a very difficult schedule and I would now fancy Chelsea for the league title unless Everton can stop them in the final game. SAF will have to rest most of his main players against Schalke to have any chance of beating Chelsea at Old Trafford. I just think today, United blew it.

    Robbo, why are you so angry? Iam a dedicated United supporter but I don’t like a lot of dumb shit. Now and then we play like crap and we pay for it. But today was the wrong day to blow 3 points, especially since Chelsea won yesterday.
    You must be realistic, United have put themselves under a lot of pressure now to win the league title and our away form continues to haunt us. You need to pay attention.

    No one likes to lose but some of the comments were crazy were still 3 points clear so the ball is in our court still.

  87. says

    The midfield is key.

    Can we play Fletcher and Giggs both in the middle of midfield? Those two are our best performers this season in that part of the pitch.

    Both are big game players too. Anderson and Carrick have been in the middle of the park for many of our worst results in the recent times.

    Park and Valencia should start on the wings, with Nani on the bench as an impact sub if required.

  88. Alfonso BedoyaAlfonso Bedoya says

    By the way… just to stir up a bit of shit with the Foster bashers… I bet he saves that shot from Ramsey yesterday…

  89. sheesh says

    Just seen that goal. Park FFS. Couldn’t be arsed to track Ramsey and let him have a free shot at goal.

    Van der Sar couldn’t do anything about the shot.

  90. Sidsidney says

    Alfonso Bedoya said:
    By the way… just to stir up a bit of shit with the Foster bashers… I bet he saves that shot from Ramsey yesterday…

    You haven’t seen Foster’s fuck up from the Wolves game then?
    He stupidly ran out of his goal, took out a player and gave away a penalty
    So you can say with as much justification that he would have cost us at least one goal

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