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Tuesday, 2 October 2012

United Corner October 2nd 2012 (Spurs and Cluj)

             This is a new 'corner' I have added to the blog that will be devoted to my first passion in life, Manchester United. I will publish this, on most occasions, on a Sunday evening where I will look back at the previous week, giving my take on results and upcoming fixtures.

All views expressed will be my own.

When will United learn that we can't just coast through games and only begin playing once we are a goal behind and having to play catch up? For the fifth time in six League games, United found themselves behind on Saturday and for the second time we gave ourselves too much to do as we fell to a second defeat of this early season.

The first half performance against Spurs was absolutely disgusting as we looked like a team that couldn't be bothered- sloppiness from Anfield filtered into the game and the lack of a midfield was exposed as Gareth Bale made a run from his own half, waltzed past Rio Ferdinand and put us two down before we knew it.

Granted the second half performance was stirring and everything good about Manchester United, but we should never have been in that position. Going 1-3 down immediately after cutting the deficit in half was tough, but even at 2-3 I fancied us winning the game if we could just have scored one of the numerous chances we had or if we had a little more fortune when hitting the woodwork.

Still, that second half should not hide the fact that we were so poor at the beginning of the game and continue playing badly until we are a goal down... Even the one game in the League that we won without going behind, Wigan, was a 'game of two halves' as we were poor in the first half before coming out and getting going in the second.

Galatasaray was another game where we didn't stamp our authority on proceedings and the next week doesn't get any easier as we face a physical Newcastle United side in the North East.

It's been a long time since I have watched a United game on ESPN and I had almost forgotten how shite their pundits and commentators are... It took me about 15 minutes to be reminded as Rafael was criticised for a 'nasty challenge' (yep, when he challenged a header), yet a later tackle from William Gallas on Robin Van Persie was 'good old fashioned'.

They do seem to have an 'agenda' against United, particularly that twat Jon Champion, so here's hoping BT refuses to employ some of these muppets next season.

What were the people thinking when booing United off at half time? It was a very small minority, but those should be named, shamed and kicked over to the Council House in Eastlands as soon as possible!

The Champions League is back this week and Sir Alex Ferguson told the media that he disagrees with Sergio Aguero and that it IS the foreign players that dive and then went on to defend Nani who does have a habit of going down a bit easy at times... I'm just surprised with Fergie that he would pick this out as something to comment on when three England international players, Danny Welbeck, Ashley Young and Wayne Rooney are all playing at Old Trafford and very susceptible to flinging themselves to the dirt at the slightest whiff of contact.

We go to Cluj this week and could put ourselves in a huge position to qualify from the Group if we can secure the three points with the double-header against Braga to come. It won't be an easy game, but I think we have the time before going to Newcastle United to play a strong line up and make sure there aren't any repeats of the Basel debacle from last season.

They do have pace in the side so we have to be careful, but I would expect we are going to be too strong when it is all said and done. Then again, I said the same thing last December when we went to Switzerland and came back with our tails between our legs.

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