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Carrick: We Expect Stick For Being In Europa

When Liverpool slipped down the table and stopped playing in the Champions League, Manchester United fans were always keen to remind them of their fall from grace. “Thursday nights, channel five” we would chant, referring to when and where Europa League matches could be watched.

Liverpool then became so bad they couldn’t even get in to the Europa League anymore, making the chant fairly redundant.

However, our fans had reason to sing it again after United failed to make it out of the Champions League group this season. In the following game we put four past Wolves and after every goal the Stretford End sang the song, taking the piss out of ourselves.

Unsurprisingly, other fans have used our own chant with a stick to beat us with, but the more amusing occasions are when its fans of clubs who have never seen their team play in Europe.

Carrick says he understands that rival fans will take the piss but that doesn’t put the players off wanting to win it.

“The reaction is understandable,” said Carrick. “But we are professionals and we are in this tournament, playing for this great club. It doesn’t take much motivation from the players’ point of view. It is a competition we want to win. We are still desperate to go as far as we would do in the Champions League.”


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78 Comments

  1. Sandeep1878 says:

    I m damn sure you guys will enjoy this rap..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRf_7e74baM&feature=share

  2. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Sandeep. Interesting analysis. Cheers.

    Our opposition has been built up as being in 5th in La Liga and thus 1 position out of CL places. But this shows how fickle that statement is. The other way of looking at it is that they are 30 points of the leaders. Shows the gulf in class a bit more fairly I suppose. More like Birmingham than Barca then?

    Hope we can rest Rooney and give some of our other strikers a game.
    To bad Lindegarrd is still injured as this would be his game as well, anyone want to give Amos a punt? Probably not as DeGea seems to be getting his wings……

  3. Costas says:

    @James

    No I meant we are 6 points better off compared to the same 27 fixtures from last season. Not the first 27 fixtures. Meaning Spurs away, Blackpool (instead of Norwich) away, Liverpool at home, etc etc. I prefer to compare our progress like that instead of comparing the 27 games in order.

    For what it’s worth, we are 4 points better off as opposed to the first 27 fixtures of the 10-11 season. And our schedule has been a lot harder this time around. Imagine that last season at this stage, we still haven’t played Arsenal away, Chelsea away, Liverpool away and Chelsea at OT. This season we only have 1 big fixture left.

    The home form has been a bit dodgy, but the away form has been brilliant really. We’ve actaully conceded less goals away from home.

  4. Costas says:

    *still hadn’t played*

    @Sandeep

    Hi mate. Would be fantastic if we repeated our feat from 99-00 and won all of our last 11 games. Don’t know if it’s possible though. Some of these teams will be fighting to avoid relegation and they won’t be pushovers at this stage. Of course we might not need to win all of our games…

  5. Sandeep1878 says:

    Hello James,

    how are you buddy,

    we played – Chelsea away, Liverpool away, arsenal away, chelsea home in last season between March and May.

    the results were, chavs 2 1 UTD, Liv 3 1 UTD, ARS 1 0 UTD, UTD 2 1 CHE.

    so it was a bad phase against the big 4..plus that unforgettable loss to Bitters in the FA cup..

  6. Bobby Charlton's combover says:

    Bilbao are a decent side and I expect them to give us a run for our money. They have four players in the best international squad on the planet and can put some slick passing moves together and like to get forward. If we’re slcak like in some other European ties this season they are well able to punish us.

  7. Sandeep1878 says:

    Costasa,

    Yeah mate we might not need to win all the games but shouldnt make this season a worst one by slipping up..

    we have had a bad season but still2nd in the league but this is not the powerhouse united trademark..

    FletchTHEMAn..

    buddy i think we dont need to rest rooney..for

    A. He is back from injury (had good rest).
    B. Bilbao are a strong team plus we have been unpredictable in Europe, especially at Old Trafford..
    C. we can kill this game at home and then might rest or put rooney on bench in away leg if needed.

    ###

    my bet is, Danny will be rested for this game..

  8. James21 says:

    Costas
    Ahhh I see. So does this mean this current squad aint that bad. ;) I was assuming if we’re on the same wavelength you were being slightly sarcastic. :)

  9. James21 says:

    sandeep
    Hi mate. Cheers, I couldn’t be bothered to go into the Loft to dig out last seasons programmes to check for myself so I thought I’d let Costas do all the work. :D

  10. James21 says:

    Bobby Charltons….
    You’re right and I think Utd and SAF will be cautious. No one expects a pushover and although it would be great to knock Bilbao out and progress the League is most important.

  11. Sandeep1878 says:

    James, u smart ass :P

  12. Costas says:

    @James

    Lol, yeah, the squad hasn’t been that bad. Whichever way you look at it, United have done better in the league this season and with a much bigger injury list. And if we won that ridiculous game against Blackburn, I wouldn’t have asked for more. ;)

    The problem this season is that City’s progress has been even bigger. We would be running away with it on any other season.

  13. Zibbie says:

    This made me laugh. IIMB!

    I think anyone would deserve odds of about 1000-1 if they named SAF’s team correctly!

  14. James21 says:

    Costas
    Blackburn got Utd at the right time DDG was low on cofidence and we had (Broken Record) Injuries. Their 3rd goal was a foul on DDG if you can go off the usual protection Goalkeepers get. Shit happens and just a bad day at the office. Chicharito’s goal should have stood against the Bar codes and a dodgy pen got them the point. Shitty game was unfortunate we scored with 10 men and went for the other goals, thats just the Utd Never say die attitude and I’d take the 1-6 than change anything in the attitude. I’ll tell you their fans asses twitched because they fell deadly silent until they got their 4th. I was still there when Dzeko scored. :D

  15. Sandeep1878 says:

    In an interview with Italy’s Gazzetta dello Sport the former Italian Big Brother contestant spoke of her relationship with the Portuguese footballer “I lost my virginity to Ronaldo and I’m happy about it. We had a wonderful time for eleven months.”

    Then when asked which of the footballers was best in bed, Raffaella answered “Mario, lot better.”

    they call super mario..the cunt

  16. It's in my blood says:

    James21

    Evening Squire, this is the question being asked, what do you think?
    http://www.footballfriendsonline.com/blogs/2012/3/7/are-chelsea-the-new-manchester-united.html?
    Personally, it’s a bit bit cheeky comparing our European heroes and Holy Trinity to the likes of that scum!

    Zibbie

    Haha! How you doing?

  17. Zibbie says:

    Good day all!

    I realized the other year, you can not win EM all.
    When the lads were beat in the CL group stages, hats off to the teams that went on. Loses happen to all great teams, Barca 10 points of the lead for Spain. I get it, most have never competed at anything, or if they did they were part of 95% who never new what it was like to be called champion.

    ——I wanna won.

    I don’t want to win.
    —- I wanna won.
    Because in the end.
    –There is only one.
    –THE CHAMPION!!!

    Point’s dropped, games lost, injuries, off field shit. This happens to all, the response to these things is what defines a person. Whine cry point fucking fingers looking for excuses for failure is the easy rout.
    Review what you do, identify the problem, accept it, work on it and move on.

  18. Clint-iamyourpapii says:

    I hear you Sandeep …acutally I read it ! ;) WBA seems to grab my attention over Bilbao, I can afford that complacency, the player can’t YEAH

    :D

    Kurt – Thanks for the link mate ;) twice for emphasis of course 8)

  19. Zibbie says:

    IIMB I’m fine.

    Always good to hear SAF talk. Sounds like he is happy getting lads back for the run in for 20!

  20. Sandeep1878 says:

    Papii,

    in the recent times, i think this is season where the hair dryer is used most times :P

    Looks like the lads have had enough of it :) time to roll on..

    Zibbie,

    Good day pal..

  21. Zibbie says:

    Hey Papii, PL always the priority.
    I think Wazza needs a game to get sharp for WBA.
    Personally I hope the twins play, with Jones in MF and partner Smalling with Evans, rest RIO for WBA.

  22. Zibbie says:

    1878 hello mate.

  23. James21 says:

    Its in my blood

    Evening mate.
    HA HA HA HA. Renboy bastards. I’d compare them to maybe the greatest club in the world BarcaShitty. Well both think They’re MASSIVE. :D

  24. King Eric says:

    Clint Dempsey is quality and have thought so for the last two or three seasons. He isn’t getting on a bit. He is only 28. Anyway United won’t get him but I do rate him.

  25. LoneStarRed says:

    @ Zibbie 1833

    A dose of TMI :The fancy military term for constant (honest) evaluation and improvement is OODA loop. But it is right on . Stuff happens. It’s how you deal with it that determines if you have a PR disaster and have major sponsors step in or not. :)

  26. LoneStarRed says:

    Sandeep

    Excellent rap on AVB. Good for a few laughs.

  27. Clinton says:

    Isnt it better to be there and to get knocked out then to not get there at all?

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