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Desperate Vieira Claims United Favoured By Refs

Patrick Vieira launched a bizarre attack on Manchester United last week, claiming we must be desperate to bring Paul Scholes out of retirement and that we wouldn’t have lost our young stars, like Ravel Morrison, in the past. In just the few months since Scholes returned, he’s already scored more goals than he did last season, and Morrison getting shipped off to a Championship club where he doesn’t get a game after we didn’t offer him a new contract is hardly “losing out” on our young players.

Regardless, when asked about Vieira’s comments, Ferguson quickly put the former Arsenal captain in his place. The manager reminded them of Roberto Mancini’s claim that Tevez would never play for City again, before he took a six month break from the club, only for him to be brought back in to the team now that City have lost out to United on first place.

“If Tevez had been playing for us, there’s no way the gaffer would have given him a game this season,” said Bryan Robson. “It doesn’t matter how good you are.”

Not content with being made to look foolish once, Vieira has today spoken to the BBC about his beliefs on referees and the title.

“When United play at home they get some advantage other teams don’t get,” he claimed. “I think when you go to United, Madrid, Barcelona, or Milan, when the referees referee these kind of games, it’s always difficult to go against these kind of teams. This is the way it is.”

After accusing United of being desperate, the Manchester City ambassador (who played a total of 32 of his 651 games in his career for City) Vieira is starting to sound fairly desperate himself now.

We should note that only West Brom have been awarded more penalties against them at home than Manchester United this season, with the most memorable the Demba Ba one in the 1-1 draw with Newcastle, where replays showed there was no contact. We should probably also point out the fact that Gareth Barry should have been sent off and City should have conceded a penalty after just 15 minutes against Stoke at the weekend. And let’s not forget the two players that should have been sent off in City’s victory over Spurs, as well as the penalty which should have been awarded against them.

Talking about the title, Vieira claimed that City, who are 2nd in the table, have been the best team this season.

“This is our moment,” he said. “Since the start of the season we’ve been the best team and played the best football. I believe the club deserves it.”

This is an interesting claim, given then United have won more games than City and City have lost more games than United.

Jealousy is a terrible thing, Patrick.

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  1. Ice Cube says:

    I find it funny how a man can be deluded and not realise. They should study Viera.

    It must hurt coming second during his playing days, now it’s happening in his post-playing days, he mustn’t sleep at night. We must make sure it stays that way.

  2. Costas says:

    Vieira still hasn’t seen the light at the end of the tunnel. ;)

  3. CedarsDevil says:

    We’re all rooting for you Earl of Sandwich

  4. WillieRedNut says:

    Ice Cube man! Didn’t know you were a Red pal? Today, was a good day! Loved Death certificate.

  5. Giggs12Gerrard0 says:

    K stand barmy army k stand barmy army

  6. CedarsDevil says:

    Barmy my arse

  7. MG says:

    Viera is still stuck in the tunnel

    Scholes is on the pitch letting the football talk


  8. MG says:


    May the pipes be with you


  9. WillieRedNut says:

    Big Pat wakes up every night in cold sweats thinking about that incident in the tunnel. He’s not so KEANE to relive that chapter in his career….

  10. James21 says:

    If you come from Manchester
    You’re sure to be a blue,
    Moston, Ancoats,Salford and Collyhurst, too,
    And if you think that this is true you’re nothing but a fool,
    Cos in the town of Manchester
    Man United rule

    Tra la la la laaaaa we all hate City
    Tra la la la la la la la la

    You can stick your Bayern Munich Juventus Ajax too,
    There’s only one collosal team they play in laser blue,
    They’re gonna beat United, like once upon a time
    They’re gonna conquer Europe like they did in 69

    Tra la la la laaaaa we all hate City
    Tra la la la la la la la la

    ‘Are You on Drugs?’

  11. James21 says:

    What the fuck is Vieira on. He’s not even been at shitty 5 mins and already thinks he’s a legend.
    Piss off you 2 bit money grabbing whore.

  12. B1polar Red says:

    Does anyone here lives in San Diego?.

  13. LoneStarRed says:

    @ B1polar Red

    I used to live in SD in the nineties.

  14. CedarsDevil says:

    Are you on drugs? Ha ha ha ha ha

  15. WillieRedNut says:

    Cedars – LOL. Shut his fucking mouth! Big Pat was cacking it!

  16. Hans says:

    There is only one word to describe him: CUNT!!!!!!!

  17. James21 says:

    Am I on Drugs. Cheeky Cunt. :D

  18. Giggs12Gerrard0 says:


    That’s my favourite united song mate fucking love it

  19. CedarsDevil says:

    Jimmy James

    Was referring to the guy sat next to you on Monday…….. ha ha ha

  20. James21 says:

    Me too mate, re ‘Am I on drugs’. I did sing above song about 10 – 15 times, maybe he didn’t like the words. :D

    Love it mate I even sang it at half time while queuing for my warm Singha. I’m on Drugs. :D :D :D

  21. Costas says:

    I miss a thread about JT where we all said how we felt about him! :lol:

  22. CedarsDevil says:


    You mean where we all call him a cunt?

  23. WillieRedNut says:

    New thread fuck heads!

  24. Costas says:


    Yep! Such a rich choice of words!

  25. CedarsDevil says:

    Druggy James

    You make me proud

  26. LoneStarRed says:

    Check out the Andy Mitten piece at the Daily Post on how Utd conduct transfer business. It should be very instructive for those of you who want “the big signing” .

    I tried to post the link and was unable so go to . From there go to Sport News and then

    use the search bar and enter “Expect the unexpected” .


  27. Lee Martins Winner says:

    Evening Romers

    I think that calling “tunnel bottler” a city legend shows the gulf between the two clubs.

    City legend = 32 apps, no league medals (at citeh), a matress full of money and retired at 35 for being wank.

    Utd legend = 903 apps, 12 league winners medals, mattress full of imogen thomas cum and still tearing you apart at 38.


    “oi Pat, Has Roy taken ur lunvh money again?”
    “oi viera

  28. James21 says:

    Lee Martins winner. :D

    Giggsy had stepped in a pile of Vieira again.

  29. Zibbie says:

    Giggs12 is a hero of mine. A RoM and Old Trafford legend, my bad I only referenced you.

  30. muri 73 says:

    This is all coming from Mancini no doubt, and also hoping we take eye off the ball, which i hope wont happen, so hopefully our own team just concentrate on winning and trying retaining more possesion i thought we were quite sloppy against Fulham and had a lack of fluency
    While SAF reply to Viera’s initial comment’s were spot on he seemed to have lost the cool a little and think mancini sensed this.. Relax utd its in our own hands!

  31. daelm says:

    in other news, Patrick Viera still Patrick Viera – i.e. inflammatory posturing followed by retreat and denials, followed by lamb-like meekness.

    PV: “”This is the way it is. It’s something the teams who are used to winning get all the time.”

    one has to ask, how would he know anything about winning all the time?

  32. paul the red says:

    i still see that gary cock’s influence is still around at middle eatlands

  33. j says:

    Prime example PV is right & it has been happening for decades for MU:

  34. MichaelPapoui says:

    When Vieira was great, he and that Arsenal team took the title from us a couple of times he did his talking on the pitch. Now he’s not he’s doing it in the tabloids.

  35. TheCantona says:

    Prime example why Vieira was wrong & it has been happening for decades for MU.


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