The little boy inside me wants to write about one of the MU strikers but as The Godfather (Michael) said to his brother Freddie after he shafted the Family by dealing with Hyman Roth in Cuba, “You broke my heart, You broke my heart” and now the traitor is “dead to me”.
Some folk in the media say we go into the game as favourites – are they nuts? No-one goes to the Toilet as favourites, at least not this century. Yes, we have a better chance than in recent years but we have only managed one win and a draw since that magnificent victory in 2004 and we have beaten them only once in the last 9 meetings!
But United have never won the league on our ground, have they? 😀
So why the optimism? 5 points clear, top of our CL group, the away victory in Dortmund, beating the second placed team last Saturday, the developing genius of Santi and Mesut, the recently recognised (by the non-gooners) CB partnership, the renewed form of TPIG, the work-rate and improvement of OG. Could it be for any of those reasons?
Or could it be because of the experience and solidity of Arteta , Sagna and Rosicky? If one were to believe the red-tops Aaron Ramsey could win this on his own!
Man Utd: Are they really a team in crisis? Surely not. No, what they are is a team of reprehensible, cheating mutants who if the world was a just place would be behind bars pleading with Mr Big.
Want to see a diver? Go to Old Trafford.
Want to see a bought ref and linesman? Go to Old Trafford
Want to see 60+ thousand prawn sandwich eating remedials? Go to Old Trafford
Want to see a manager completely out of his depth? Ditto
And I haven’t even started on the supreme awfulness of Rooney, Ferdinand and Evra . Have you ever seen such a triumvirate of shitehawks?
(Chary could have written this section :-D)
But seriously, it would be foolish to write off their chances of winning and not just today. They are the Champions and won the title with this very team by 11 points ! Yes, they have lost the red-conked miscreant but apart from him the personnel is the same.
They have few injuries with just Welbeck missing from their first choice 11.
Arsenal: 252 days since our last away defeat. It should mean something but at 16.10 today the test starts in earnest. We have the team, we have the tools and we have the tactics to continue the run.
It would be boring to review our form, we all know it and the reasons for the improvement. So, I will highlight just one of the many recent positives …. Mr. Arsene Wenger.
At the end of the AV game I looked at him and thought “Arsene, I love you but this job will kill you. You are clearly not enjoying it and the stress is just too much.” How wrong could I be? The man is rejuvenated! He hasn’t looked or sounded this good for many a year.
His pre-match interview was a return to the humourous, intelligent man we all know – a man who can play with the journalists and yet retain respect. Does he miss SAF? Highly unlikely. Will he under-estimate the task this afternoon just because they have The Ditherer at the helm? Of course not, but he is confident, you can see it in his demeanor.
I know, I know ….. hard on Rosicky who has been excellent, but he does need a rest. With the Interlull coming one could say he will get it then, but Tomas, like most of our squad, with be playing two meaningless friendlies.
The midfield battle will be interesting; MU rely upon their usual compliment of battlers and artisans; have they had anyone with flair since ….. ?? It seems to a non- MU fan that they only buy and develop flair attackers, stacking the midfield with horrible Orc types. Scholes, Keane, Butt, Robson, Ince, all grafters, and now Cleverley, Carrick and Fellaini. Sadly, this appears to work, but which midfield would you rather watch – our artists or their artisans?
The title will not be decided by this game and we will be top at November’s end come what may, but it would be excellent to put another nail into MU’s challenge and pile more pressure upon Gollum (though as we have agreed. we give him our unconditional support 😉 )
written by Big Raddy