… Or like any other team would have if they had got an injury-time equaliser against the best team in England.
With this being Rooney’s last of a three match ban, we were slightly worried that Falcao wouldn’t feature either due to a knock in training. But midfield looked strong again, with Van Persie still captaining the side in Rooney’s absence.
In the first half, United gave as good as they got, but when Drogba put Chelsea ahead, they looked shaky for the next ten minutes. Personally I thought it would be game over as one of Mourinho’s strengths is that of shutting up shop and winning games in which his team scores first. Instead, United got their bearings back and pressed for an equaliser. That came late in injury time, when after Ivanovic got sent off for a second yellow card, Di Maria’s free-kick found Fellaini whose header was parried by Courtois, only for the ball to fall to Van Persie’s feet who lashed it into the back of the net.
Oh how we celebrated. Who wouldn’t have, when your team scores so so late to avoid defeat at home to the league favourites? Though going by what anti-United fans were saying on social media, they probably would have just sat there quietly if it was their team that had scored such an important goal that late.
It was like we had won a trophy apparently. As many United fans said, we’ve seen our side win MANY trophies in the past twenty-five years, so we know what winning trophies is like. This wasn’t one of those moments.
It seems more the case that many other teams’ fans had the smiles wiped off their faces just as they were thinking that United were facing another defeat, and couldn’t bring themselves to just stay quiet and get on with following their teams instead of having a go at us rightly celebrating an important point-saving goal.
Looking elsewhere in the Premier League, City lost 2-1 at West Ham, who stay fourth; Arsenal won 2-0 at Sunderland to go up to fifth in the table; Southampton beat Stoke to go up to second place; and L’pool drew 0-0 at home to Hull, making sure their fans couldn’t celebrate like they had won anything.
Towards the bottom, Newcastle won at Tottenham to climb out of the bottom three, while QPR won at home to Villa, leaving Burnley anchored in last place on their own.
In midweek, the surprise result was League Cup holders Manchester City being knocked out of the competition by Newcastle, who beat them 2-0 at The Etihad; Chelsea edged a 2-1 victory at Shrewsbury; Tottenham won 2-0 at home to Brighton; and L’pool scored a very late winner to beat Swansea, leaving their fans celebrating like they had won a trophy.
In other news, former United player Rio Ferdinand has been suspended for three games and fined £25,000 by the FA for a comment he made on Twitter. Yes, people like him should be more careful on what to say or write, but for the FA to ban him over something that hardly had anything to do with football, when other players don’t get any sort of ban for doing worse while playing is a bit rich and hypocritical from the football association. We moan when footballers don’t interact because ‘they live in a bubble’, then moan when they do answer back after people keep having a go at them.
Staying with the FA, they also seem to have suspended Mark Clattenburg from refereeing this weekend due to him leaving West Brom’s ground by himself to attend a music concert. Of course he broke protocol rules, but why aren’t steps being taken against Neil Warnock as well, who must have broken some rule when he spoke to the referee while in his car on his own? Are they afraid that Mr.Warnock might have more to say about them than they have to say about him?
Back to United, the club has announced yet another multi-year sponsorship, this time making Chi Limited their official sports drinks partner in Nigeria. Are there any countries left in the world where United’s marketing department haven’t dipped their fingers in yet?
Also, Peter Schmeichel saying that City are now bigger than United. Apart from the fact that he’s basing that on current form and results from last season, he’d know better than to bite the hand that feeds him, so I doubt he’d say something so silly even if it was true. Which it isn’t.
Looking ahead at this weekend, it’s derby time. United play at City on Sunday (1:30pm UK time), and though it’s not easy going there, we are quite optimistic of getting something out of this, especially knowing that City are coming from two successive defeats against other Uniteds (West Ham and Newcastle).
They’ll have Aguero back, who usually makes a difference, but we might get Rooney back too, who has admittedly been missed while he was suspended.
It’s no use trying to guess who’ll be playing for United, but we look forward to our players giving their all until the end. You never know, they might score another very late goal to get us celebrating like we’ve won another trophy… COME ON UNITED!!!