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Confessions of serial cheaters!

By Santosh Benjamin :  25/10/2008 :  Comments (0) :
I'm sorry about the negative title but that's my most striking memory of this game. Yes, we played a brilliant 2nd half and nearly got an unlikely win against a star-studded Utd team but that's not what I remember about the game. I will come to my review of the game itself a little later.

The referee for the game, Alan Wily (yes, I spelt it like that on purpose!) spent the entire game doing his best to help Utd get the upper hand. From invisible fouls on Utd players to blowing the whistle everytime we got possession.. he was terrible. He conveniently forgot to book Giggs after his foul but booked Neville after the diving twat rolled round like his balls had finally descended.

The other thing that left me fuming was the Utd players whining when they were up against it.. from Giggs to Drug-evader Rio to the the badge kissing bald shit to the biggest cheat of the modern game.. Wrongaldo.. they just were pathetic in their whining.

Ok enough of that... it's been a long time since I have written on here. I have been watching all the games on TV here in India and wondering where we would get our season on track. The team sheet showed that we were being positive for once and Hibbo's injury allowing Neville to stay at RB.. was sad that Castillo was not starting but was happy to have Yobo back.

We started brightly with the Utd superstars slowly getting into the flow of things. Soon enough though they started to show their class with their passing and defending. And in the 22nd minute Fletcher of all people ran onto a Giggs ball with Fellaini lazily watching... he scored with composure to start Utd on their way.

After that the crowd and the players seemed to sense the inevitable a — Utd steamrolling — so we sauntered through the half with Howard the most active player in blue, making a few smart saves. 1 minute of added time was what we were promised and although we were attacking, the whistle was promptly blown by Wily.

The second half started and the same side came out hopefully after a rollicking from the gaffer. They started much better and were closing down Utd and attacking with purpose. Still my negative nature wondered when the 2nd Utd goal would come to crash our hopes... it didn't.

What did come was Phil Neville making a crunching tackle on the Ole Diver, who rolled around clutching his tummy. The reaction of Giggs and Rio, almost willing the ref into sending Neville off, was bloody irritating. It was only a yellow luckily and the game went on. A few more good moves and then came the equaliser... Neville's cross from the right headed in wih power by Fellaini.

We were buoyed by that and wave after wave of attack followed and mistakes started creeping into the usually composed Utd back-line, Yakubu latching onto one of those and nearly scoring, Van Der Sar and the post saving Utd from going behind. Rooney was his usual bully self and a hard tackle on Mikel got him a card which prompted him to kiss his Utd badge... and the response from SAF was even more prompt, took the fat, bald twit off.

I hoped Moyes would bring on Vaughan and Big Vic to try and get the win but he kept it late to hold onto the draw. We withstood the usual late barrage from the Utd players and the officials who gave them 4+ mins of added time to earn a great draw.

I hope this spurs us on to better things in the coming weeks. We are capable of more and we need to start showing it. My MotM was Neville and I'd have never thought of him before for it but his commitment and passion (plus the pass for the goal!) showed he was proud to wear our badge.

Pienaar came close to being my MotM — good passing and tackling too. Arteta started slowly but was great at the end. The defense did just enough but could do better with composure. Vaughan needs more time on the pitch, Those who doubted Moyes's passion for the club would have no doubt seen his constant ranting on the touchline especially when things went against us.

I hope we can use this to press on to better things... COYB

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