I had a tremendous sense of dread before this game. We all have a habit of inheriting the sins of our fathers and Cloughie senior loved nothing better than to put one over on Alex. But, thankfully, United's young guns managed to prove me wrong. However, like almost all United teams that have gone before them, they made us suffer a bit for it.
My trepidation was based around the assumption that Fergie would play a weakened team and Derby would go for it, if they had scored first we would have needed three and that is a tricky prospect against any opposition.
Three goals in the opening period put me firmly in my place but we now have serious injury problems and by the time the match finishes against West Brom we will have played 8 fixtures in 23 days. That is a lot whoever you are.
On the bright side, we are in a cup final. One hopes that the price of getting to this one does not cost our participation in any others. In the interests of cliche, there is a long way to go. A long way.
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