Let me be the first to congratulate Chelsea on their victory. If things keep going like this for them they have a very strong chance of scraping a Champions League place for next season. Well done them. And who can begrudge them this? They are a rootin’, tootin’, student shootin’ group of gentlemen who deserves all the best that life can bring them. Watching them play you would think the sport had been invented for dodgy penalty calls and cynically holding the ball up in the corner of the pitch. What a joy it is to watch them practice their art.
As you might have noticed, I am not best pleased by the result at Stamford Bridge. Fergie has a real point when he says that it is three years on the bounce we have been robbed there. Indeed, it is very easy to argue that Rooney should have been hung, drawn and quartered after last weekend but an elbow is an elbow and a penalty is decisively game-changing. They are different things.
Personally, I never bought into any of this ‘Invincibles’ or ‘Indominatables’ rubbish. The thing I look at with any sense of care is the league table. It is now looking far more favourable for Arsenal than it did a while ago. Obviously, it is better to focus on United, rather than our rivals, but it is galling that a side with a defence as dodgy as theirs should be on the verge of catching us at the top. United need to bounce back. Now.
And so it is that we drive our bus into Hubcap city this weekend without the central defensive partnership that has served us so well and carrying a sense of injustice the size of London. It is going to be interesting. My worst fear is that Gerrard will be a terrorising influence and that we won’t be able to keep track of him.
Again, we need big performances from Messsr’s Scholes and Fletcher. Chicharito had earned his start at the Bridge but looked sadly out of his depth. Berbatov’s ball holding skills will be needed at Anfield instead. Carrick can put out the corner flags for all I care.
The last 24 hours at work have been most unpleasant, it is amazing how half the country turns into fans of the other team after United are beaten. If it happens again on Sunday, next week will be unbearable. But I’ll still be here, writing away about United and crossing my fingers when they step out onto the pitch. Well anyway, when did they not make us suffer on the way to winning something?
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