Liverpool 0 - 1 United
Young(Borthwick-Jackson) Smalling Blind Darmian
Lingard(Memphis) Herrera(Mata) Martial
We absolutely scoused this dour game of football. Liverpool were nothing extraordinary but they were better than us and we only have to thank DDG for keeping us in the game with three fine saves. What a goalie. It’s a shame that two of the best goalies in the world are currently lying in 5th and 14th place of the Premier League table. Well scrap that, it’s no shame that Chelsea are so close to the relegation zone. Personally, that has been a highlight of a pretty drab football season.
Anyhow, how did we win this game? I have absolutely no idea. It’s great winning a game with some exciting football and all that but sometimes it’s sweeter when you win a game that you absolutely don’t deserve to win....especially against Liverpool and their deluded fans. The boiled piss on social media was a sight to behold. Liverpool fans were fuming and I absolutely loved it. Oh, and who made our goal? Two of this season’s much maligned United players; Fellaini and Rooney. Brilliant.
I actually think that Fellaini was one of our best players today. He made a right nuisance of himself and, without being anywhere near brilliant, he was a deciding factor behind our win. No, his passing wasn’t great but he won countless aerial duels and that eased off the pressure especially at the end of the game. To be fair, in such games, that’s exactly what you’d want. I cannot recall an Anfield win with some great football, not even under Fergie. It’s always scrappy, and Fellaini is great for scrappy games. Well done.
Both Lingard and Herrera were disappointing today. Martial looked like a threat and Rooney failed to beat Kolo Toure once but scored the all important goal and that’s what matters when it comes to strikers. Will people remember that one occasion Roo tried to outrun Kolo and failed? No, of course not, not after scoring. If he didn’t score today, I swear he would’ve been destroyed on social media. But that’s football nowadays. I hope he keeps this run going. I’ve absolutely loved Rooney ever since Euro 2004 and was really gutted when he handed in that transfer request in 2010. He’s not the player he once was, he can barely get past a player nowadays, but he’s still a very good player especially if he plays behind our striker....and that striker should be Martial. Loved the sight of our players celebrating with the Rooney and what about Jones going mental in the away end? Wouldn’t be surprised if he injured himself while celebrating.
Smalling and Blind did well. Darmian was effective. Young unlucky. Schneiderlin good. And the man (boy?) with the funniest run in the world was fearless and deserves credit for a very good shift at left back. Well done Borthwick Jackson.
I’m obviously buoyed with today’s win. The players will feel the same. We should go on a good run. At this stage you cannot help but think what could’ve been if we had more balls to attack some of our opposition. You can’t help but look back at the Chelsea and Newcastle game and think that had we run out winners (we deserved to!) in those game we’d be in the mix to win the league. But we’re 7 points off and, despite top teams dropping points for fun this season, we won’t be able to get anywhere close to the race that will eventually ensue between Arsenal and City.
Southampton at home next, should win that. I also expect a slip up from either Arsenal, City or Tottenham who’ll be playing Chelsea, West Ham(Away) and Palace (Away) respectively. We need to get ourselves back into the top 4!