I wrote in the pre-match that we needed a strong referee. A forlorn hope at Old Trafford.
Moaninho is nothing if not pragmatic and he knows his football history. Under SAF when United were under threat of defeat they took advantage of lilly-livered refereeing and started to maim the opposition. This was a tactic. Shit-housery everywhere; rotational fouling, underhand violence, shirt tugging, hair pulling, leaving a boot in after a sliding tackle – anything was acceptable. Last night we saw it again.
Holding smashed out of the game in a horribly late tackle by Rashford which was not even punished. Ramsey crocked, Terrier kicked repeatedly, Curly the subject of a red card tackle and then having his hair pulled by Fellaini. The list is very long. Oh and an offside goal given to Utd. Quelle surprise. Marriner was pathetic – only Mike Dean could have been worse.
Yet despite this shocking show of both weak refereeing and violent tactics, I feel disappointed that we dropped two points. We were the better side throughout and with clinical finishing would have won comfortably.
Leno: Two mistakes cost us dearly. 6
Bellerin. As ever an energetic display, Even got stuck in a couple of times 7
Mustafi. Soild. Scored. 8
Sokratis. Not one to shirk away from a challenge 8
Kolasinac. So much better in attack than in defence. Created many chances. 7
Holding. Was doing well until kicked out of the game. Hope he is not too crocked. 8
Terrier. Must be used to this type of game in Uruguay. Our Duracell bunny 8
Douzi. Amazing maturity for a teenager. Never shirked 8
Ramsey, He was superb before being kicked out the game 8
Iwobi. Not really his sort of game. 6
Auba. Had chances, didn’t put them away. 6
Licht. A game made for our master of the dark arts. 7
Laca. Scored (of course he did). Energetic 7
Mhiki. Missed a sitter. 6
written by BR.