Springing like a child, Fergie leapt from the bench and performed that gleeful fist pump with which we are all so familiar. There will be protestations for some weeks yet, but that goal from Tony Valencia was momentous and the Scotsman’s eyes don’t lie. It has been a significant week.
Being buoyant at the final whistle was a marked contrast from the mood throughout the game. On an almost weekly basis a round of emails will be exchanged between my pals and I with the title TMUS (they make us suffer). Because they always do. And they did tonight in Lancashire.
If truth be told, this was fairly uninspired stuff from United at Ewood Park. For the majority of the match our best performers were the travelling fans, who were in excellent voice behind the goal.
The danger lies in taking the next few weeks, and the next few games, for granted. United have not played particularly well recently but have got terrific results. The past two matches against Fulham and Blackburn have been slightly fortuitous too. The players deserve great credit for holding it together under such pressure.
Anxiety surrounded our number one jersey as recently as January, but as the year has worn on, we now look to De Gea to save us in matches. In some ways his season has been a tale of two Blackburn matches. The contrast between the home and away fixtures could not be starker. He kept us in this game.
Fergie lined the side up in a slightly strange formation that will now not be questioned. Tony Valencia plays football the way I aspire to live life. He is dogged, hard-working and has some flair. He knows his role and he performs it exceptionally well. We are darn lucky to have him and his thunderbolt of a goal came as a massive relief. As for Ashley Young, has he scored any goals for us that weren’t spectacular?
Impressive as the statistics are, we owe a debt gratitude to our rivals. City have allowed us to swing 10 points in the last month and their generosity is much appreciated. Liverpool’s slide out of the top ten is a nice bonus too.
Much of this turnaround comes from Fergie himself I think. At 83 minutes he could be seen on the touchline berating Welbeck for losing possession with a showy backheel. Nothing is ever enough for the manager, he is always pushing us on. In a few weeks, he might just have pushed us to another Championship.
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