Sorry about that. I had a previous engagement with an air hockey table. And no it wasn’t like that; I let her win.
Games like ours today, as I know I’ve said before, are those instances in a season when one gets a mental snapshot of where we are. Discover how we’re getting along. Historically, the same can be said of the Chelsea and Arsenal games. Are we improving when it comes to facing the big boys or simply rubbing along?
On the corresponding fixture last season you may wish not to recall we had a our metaphorical pants pulled down to the tune of 1-3. Lots of possession that did nothing to stop them getting all 3 points, we were left clutching a bendy Bully and a tankard containing some free overseas shipping vouchers from the Megastore.
Looking at the table, Slur Alex is going for distance, He’s going for speed. 55 points to his name. But here’s the one. Yanited have conceded 29 goals this season so far. With the exception of West Brom nobody else in the top 10 has leaked so many goals. Yes, of course there are a good number of sides (including us) that aren’t far behind, but none of them are the legendary Red Devils. None of them are pace setting league leaders.
So my strategy is thus. We set out to score one more than them. I know. Cunning, crafted and meticulously calculated, but hey.
Defensively they haven’t been shambolic. But they have undoubtedly been suspect. Slur Alex is known to be scouting like a mad thing for a new goal keeper. I said it on the latest podcast, the guy he should have bought …now plays for us.
The standout danger is van Persie. The second worry for me is Walker. I’m half tempted to see if I can find a bookie who’ll take a bet on the boy conceding a penalty.
What will define this game for us is who joins in. And yes Gareth, we’re all looking at you. 9 goals so far. Cheers, nice one. But you’ve been nigh on invisible too many time this season. You know those headlines? Real Madrid preparing £55M Bid ones? Do you know the only thing that ever bugs me about them? a hattrick against driftwood like Aston Villa doesn’t you worth £55m. So how about something of note against the big boys before we all die of boredom. And stay on your bloody feet.