March 22, 2009
I have read some crap in my time but I despair at this stage of the season EVERY year.
I look around some forums and blogs etc etc and all I can see is despair and bullshit about United failing and losing their touch.
Sometimes I see people accusing Fergie of cracking up and making bad decisions.
Last year was a classic when United went to Barcelona with half their defence missing and played for a draw, and almost won the match too, by the way. Sure it is nice to see United playing the Matt Busby way, with young players, attacking and scoring at will and the free flowing football we have all come to love.
But in this day and age, it takes a wise old manager who can juggle his players around, choose a result he is happy to carry forward to the next leg of a match and then succeed in winning the game over two legs.
United lost 4-1 to Liverpool and that was a bitter pill to swallow, I am still reeling after that one and to make things worse we lost to Fulham 2-0 today.
I said in an earlier post, United can afford to lose three games and STILL win the league, so we lost two now and we can still lose another !! So what's with all this talk of the quintuple being impossible, or the double out of sight.......why is the treble impossible ?
This is still the same Manchester United that strike fear into EVERY team they face.
Ask any Fulham player if he thought, in his wildest dreams, they would beat United 2-0, not one of them will say they did.
I would also be interested to see the Fulham dressing room after that game too, I bet none of them could stand up, they were run ragged by United and today, the luck was against United.
I don't like to read all this nonsense and negativity about Fergie and the boys. Do you think Sir Matt gave up and raised doubts over United's future while having the last rites read over him by a priest ?
Was Duncan Edwards ready to quit when Bobby Charlton went to visit him in the Munich hospital when 'Big Dunc' had horrific head injuries? No way, Edwards asked what team they were playing on Saturday, he was willing to get off his death bed and go play for United, such is the love for this great team.
Trailing 1-0 to Bayern Munich, 90 minutes gone and every United player was out on their feet, they had given their all. But did they give in ? Can Manchester United score ? They ALWAYS score.........and the rest is history as they say.
Even if you only saw it on TV, you don't much like football and you can't stand Manchester United, it was a two minute miracle you will tell your grandchildren about ! The final 120 seconds of the 1999 European Cup Final in Barcelona were simply the most breath taking in sporting history.
Those two minutes transcended sport.
It was an object lesson in life.
What those two late scorers Sherringham and Solskjaer and 11 other players achieved in those brief moments inspired me. Because of those two minutes, I will ALWAYS know that if you keep trying you CAN succeed.
Those guys at United, Van Der Sar, Rafael, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Ronaldo, Scholes, Giggs, Carrick, Nani, Tevez, Rooney, Berbatov and the youngsters, Wellbeck, Gibson, Chester, Evans and the fringe players, Fletch, O'Shea, Anderson etc etc will give their all EVERY week, game in and game out.
Can they win the Quintuple ?
You can bet your fucking arse they can !!! Just remember those two brief minutes in Barcelona and BELIEVE !!
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