Date: 20th January 2013 at 9:59am
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Good morning,

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.

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  • ronwol196061 January 21, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Defoe can score,he just doesnt so much. I think he knows how to shoot but has no idea about the angles Raz did say that once and I have felt that a lot.
    If he were taller with all the crosses he could find space above but he has a hard time getting loose in the box.
    I always think he should play just behind a taller player,but Ade wants to spend time on holiday out on the wings half the time.Ade is brilliant but doesnt play to the tune of anyone,just himself. Dempsey could get good.With him its allabout emotion and determinatiion and I get the feeling that both him and Sigg are trying too hard and are overplaying and the opposite is happening.

    • TMWNN January 21, 2013 at 12:03 pm

      I gave up on Defoe about 4 seasons ago. A waste of breath.

      No wonder Bale is coming inside, what’s the point of whipping the ball in from the wing when you’ve got strikers in the box (if you’re lucky) with less presence than rent-a-gob’s got honesty.

      We played well yesterday but without any cutting edge. Happy to get the draw, but we could be doing so much better.

      • lecoqhardi January 21, 2013 at 2:27 pm

        A few games ago, Sunderland I think, Bale ran 60 yards with the ball, outpaced four defenders and made a brilliant cut-back to Defoe. Who missed from three yards out. When Bale realised that the little fellow hadn’t scored, the look on his face was priceless.

  • TMWNN January 21, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Get the cheque book out Levy, you tight (unt!

    • Frontwheel 2 January 21, 2013 at 11:20 am


      • TMWNN January 21, 2013 at 11:35 am

        One of your more interesting comments, well done!

        • Frontwheel 2 January 21, 2013 at 12:00 pm

          We’re shit,we won’t win anything,Levy’s a (unt,whats AVB ever done,etc etc,there,that should make you happy TMWANNK

    • lecoqhardi January 21, 2013 at 11:24 am

      He won’t. I think he was scarred by the Bentley transfer. Since then he’s bought cheaply. He’s bought well, mind you, but he’s not going to go the extra distance and pay top whack for a good striker. Funny though, because he must see that 4th place is unlikely without the addition of someone who’s better than JD. He must be just plain pig-headed or isn’t bothered about Champion’s League at the moment. One things for sure, he could buy us CL football with a single signing.
      Oh, and if you ever needed proof, Ferguson is a complete twat.

      • ronwol196061 January 21, 2013 at 11:42 am

        I would imagine this is a test season.That they will look at everything in the summer and assess where we are at and then decide whether to go for it next season.
        The stadium,AVB,consistency,injuries will all come into play.
        Levy is going to keep us competitive for sure to keep the fans happy but not going to gamble now unless because yes they could buy a striker,blow the budget and be wrong while others will buy and if it doesnt work buy again and again.

      • TMWNN January 21, 2013 at 11:53 am

        Dembele cost the same amount as Bentley. Instead of buying players like Siggy and Dempsey, neither of whom are anything special, the money should be going towards filling the spot that hasn’t been replaced since Berbatit left.

        I’d agree with you about Levy/ENIC not being bothered about CL football. Stringing the fans along without investing any of their own money is what they are best at.

        • UnkleKev January 21, 2013 at 12:47 pm

          Careful, TMWNN; criticising Dempsey can get you strung up in these parts.

        • nobby nobbs January 21, 2013 at 2:34 pm

          Berbatov left while playing in our shirt FFS.

  • nobby nobbs January 21, 2013 at 10:40 am

    And a shout for Parker not technically brilliant but let Manu know we were not going to rollover.

  • nobby nobbs January 21, 2013 at 10:38 am

    Deserved that, loved that Fergie took of Cleverly for Valencia and left the midfield to Dembele who was awesome. Thought Dempsey was poor but got the goal so who cares.
    Cant the coaching staff teach concentration and positional sense to walker. He made a great tackle in the box second half but surely to fak he recognises his weaknesses.
    Lennon was fantastic need a forward that can attack the six yard box.
    Great day out.

  • Razspur January 21, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Alex Ferguson should be had up on bringing the game into disrepute for his comments about the linesman, he said,
    “Dam’n linesman never gave us a thing all day” then he went on to say “Drogba was 3yds offside and he didn’t give it” referring to a match from 2010. If it was any other Manager he would receive harsh treatment from the FA, ferguson should be treated no differently. I expect the FA will chicken out though for fear of Ferguson refusing to do after match interviews for the next 5 years.
    Double standards.
    I do agree that it was a clear penalty but that’s beside the point.

    • Frontwheel 2 January 21, 2013 at 10:53 am

      I must be wrong because everybody is saying it was a clear penalty,but I just don’t see it like that.It looks too me like the tinker made contact.We came out fer worse on the bad decisions,Kagawa,carrick and that short arse defender had a field day.

  • melcyid January 21, 2013 at 5:22 am

    I like the immense leaping man AVB,if our forwards could leap like that we wouldnt need to buy anyone :Angel:

  • melcyid January 21, 2013 at 4:52 am

    in the mould of perryman/roberts

  • Sydneyvicious January 21, 2013 at 4:49 am

    We havea got one penalty this season, against Norwich, I think, in some dribblers’ cup tie. Deuce was given it, and fluffed it, saving us from a replay or extra gout-ridden minutes or something. DEUCE OUT!

    • melcyid January 21, 2013 at 5:18 am

      deuce out dumpsey in

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