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Friedel: United wouldn’t give up like City did

Whilst it was last night’s 3-0 win over Aston Villa that won Manchester United the title, it was Manchester City’s collapse against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday that put us in a position to win the title. Having gone 1-0 up and lead most of the game, their 3-1 defeat ensured United needed just three points from the remaining five games to clinch the title.

Brad Friedel claims that you could sense that City had given up, something you wouldn’t get from United.

“Football is strange,” Friedel said. “Something like that hasn’t happened very often to an Alex Ferguson team, that’s for certain. On Sunday, it seemed that if the game had gone on for another 20 minutes we’d have gone on to score five or six. There was a really strange feeling in the ground – from the City side, it seemed that as soon as we scored the first goal it was almost as if they were deflated and felt they had lost the game, even though it was only still 1-1. I don’t know what goes on behind the scenes and behind closed doors there, but it’s very rare to see anybody score three in 15 minutes against Manchester United, that’s for sure.”

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  1. King Eric says:

    Kudos to brad. Always liked him. United haven’t lost by more than one goal in league for summat like 60 games.

    Still fucking buzzing this morning. What a football club United are.

  2. The Left Bank says:

    This is what happens when the only loyalty you have is to your wage packet and sponsorship deals than team unity and the ‘we’re all in it’ mentality perfected over 20 years by the greatest manager in British football.

  3. Rob says:

    I’m a spurs fan and we need utd to do us a favour now by beating our rivals.

  4. giggs11 says:


  5. obiDred says:

    Well said Friedel

  6. belfast red. says:

    @rob the only favours we will be doing is for ourselves, to beat chelskis record.

  7. LoneStarRed says:

    Nuff said Freidel.

  8. wayne says:

    What ??? but City’s ‘project’ is going so well under Bobby Manc,just can’t believe they’d fold like a bad suit,just have to look a those lads and see all of them are happy to be at City and buying into the ‘project’ Friedel must be wrong

  9. Connugy says:

    Brilliant. He said this in an American accent as well, which means everyone else from halfway round the world also know it’s all true. Ha!


    Gwarn, Brad!!!

    C H A M P 2 0 N S ! ! ! ! ! ! !

  10. Joffrey Baratheon says:

    @rob: well yes United will be only looking to do favours for themselves but I do get the sneaky feeling that Fergie will want to get one over on Rafa and Chelsea by beating them and making them miss out of Champions league football in the process. He would never admit that, but I think secretly he would like to get one over on him.

  11. LoneStarRed says:

    @ Connugy 12:42

    Americans don’t have accents. It’s you lot across the pond. Ha HA :)


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