I’m not shy in saying it hasn’t been easy watching Manchester United in recent times.
On a week like this though, it all seems worth it again.
Don’t get me wrong. Nothing could stop me (or us) from watching United. Whether enjoyable or not, it isn’t a choice. It’s a lifestyle. But when everyone does their job, brilliant things can and do happen.
When it comes to this club, people will always have something to say. And in this fast paced modern footballing world, managers seem to be under even more pressure to succeed quick or face losing their jobs.
Talking of which, any human being who is spiteful enough to be racist to another and stupid enough to do it on camera deserves all that is coming to them. Imagine being a grown adult and that being your reaction to losing. I have no sympathy for someone displaying that kind of behaviour and I know the vast majority of City fans also will agree that he has no place at any football ground. And two words for people throwing objects at the opposition’s players. Grow up!
For many reds, we can only wonder how they got a lid into the Etihad. But that’s another story entirely!
Back to what proper fans go to games for now. The football!
Manchester United’s performance yesterday, especially in the first half, was a joy to watch. Relentless going forward, calm when it mattered and solid defensively. It was disappointing to concede later on but none the less we got the three points away from home and not many would have predicted so prior to the game.
There was no debacle when it came to the penalty taker. Manchester’s own Marcus Rashford scored and not long after hit the crossbar. Amazingly for many who doubted United’s chances, it could have been a lot more!
As I said before kick off, I don’t care about players coming back from injury quicker than expected. Or the speculation behind it and what ifs. All that matters is Anthony Martial was fit, got the start and got his name on the score sheet. Pure and simple. Give me that any day over excuses and non stop will he won’t he nonsense. If you want to play for this club, do so with everything you have. If you’re injured focus your energy on coming back and if you want out fair enough. No more. No less.
Even with one of the best displays I have seen in a long while, ‘squeaky bum time’ was to return following Nicolas Otamendi’s late goal. Overall, it was a thrilling watch and shows what this team are capable of.
Credit where it’s due. However much I don’t like saying it, the blue side of Manchester are champions and are giving their all to put the pressure on Liverpool sitting pretty at the top of the table. Even so, we worked hard, came out victorious and Ole got it right!
Several days prior to this, United managed to get the same result (at Old Trafford this time) against Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham. That sentence in itself once again showing how quickly things can change and turn themselves around in Premier League football. Of course it was man of the moment Rashford to get the goals! Brilliant to see!
Yes. The table can turn quite literally. United are right now back to 5th on the league table. The highest we could be sitting after this weekend. Whilst the lowest possibility following the derby would have been 12th! Utter madness! Just goes to show you doesn’t it!
Some highlights for me. Scott McTominay making a return to the squad. Youngsters starting to make their mark. Aaron Wan Bissaka against City! Blocked everyone and everything that came his way. Superhero-esque indeed! And the pride shown!
There was one magic moment that stole the show for me though. The video you will see doing the rounds on social media and rightly so!
Ole Gunnar Solskjær, under much scrutiny, looking up to the away end at the Etihad following his team’s win. To see who else but Sir Alex Ferguson looking down beaming at him. That right there money could never buy. Only years of history, glory, good and bad days and an understanding between those two most of us will never know created that spark. And that is why we will continue to fight for the love of our team.
I’m not Ole out. I’m not proclaiming he has completely found his feet yet either. But what I am completely for is the best for United. And if somehow, despite the problems behind the scenes and all the turbulent times the club has yet to come before we can truly celebrate again, we can finally turn these fixtures into consistent results, then it will all make sense.
If not, I’ll be here anyway. For results like yesterday. To see the unexpected. And for those few seconds, in the midst of all the drama, where we can witness Fergie’s pride and Ole’s happiness. If only for a short time.
Is someone chopping onions again?
[Photo Credit: Daily Express.]