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Giggs: We Just Didn’t Show Up

Ryan GiggsIf ever there was a day for Manchester United to pull out a performance, it was during the 50th anniversary memoriam game played on derby day. The added effect of the match being played at home should have been all that was needed.

Yet for some reason, United never got going yesterday, and deservedly lost 2-1 at the hands of our local rivals.

Ryan Giggs has given a fairly accurate summary of the game, blaming our defence as much as our attack, in a game where United came nowhere near producing the performance needed of them.

“It was probably the result that City deserved really. They played better than us,” he said. “City scored at important times in the game and we didn’t recover. City could just sit back then and try to catch us on the counter attack. Defensively we didn’t play well. Attacking-wise, we just didn’t turn up. There was enough motivation for us – a massive game for the club, a derby and an important three points. We probably can’t afford to drop any more points now. We’ve got to make sure we don’t produce any more performances like that.”

Do you think United can afford to drop any more points and still go on to win the league?

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Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. NEE-MANIA VIDIC says:

    I am still gutted by what happened yesterday. It was arguably our worst ever performance of the season but certainly didnt expect it to be at Home and on such an occasion.

    Barring Tevez the others looked a pedestrian lot including giggs who is sooo past it and the rusty paul scholes.

    Rio has been brilliant so can be forgiven for the mare he endured.

    Its all Arsenal’s to lose now!!!!

  2. Tom F says:

    By 10pm tonight I think Arsenal will be 5 points clear at the top, that is not great considering the fixtures we have over the end of March til the last game of the season.

  3. craig mc says:

    Errrr – Giggs needs enlightening that we couldn’t afford to drop points in the spurs or the Man City game!!!!!!!. I think we just blew the title. Fergie is always quoting we have the best squad and strongest squad ever, but the Derby match showed we have no decent cover for Evra or Rooney. Our midfield lacked any real POWER too. Can somebody explain to me, why Fergie does not play the combatabt Hargreaves alongside Anderson when we know in certain games we are going to have the fight of our lives on our hands. This was one of them. Anyway just my opinion, so have a rant at me if you like. I pays my money, so I am entitled to my view of things, be it right or wrong!!!!!!.

  4. Stephen says:

    We were awful!! embarrasing we are light up front we did not look like scoring why did he not play Scholes, Hargreaves and Anderson in midfield is flabbergasting. Nani looks very expensive at £17m

  5. Kingsley says:

    I agree with Craig MC, why on earth didn’t we play Hargreaves and Anderson. I don’t think we have lost with that partnership in midfield. We were totally outplayed in the centre of midfield. Giggs: Talk about stating the obvious! you should take stock of your performances over the last year or so, you have been abysmal to say the least, especially with your passing. Fergie should of got a striker in the January window, I know we got Manucho, but he is relatively unproven, despite his superb performances in the African cup of Nations. That was a disgraceful performance in my opinion and showed nothing but disrespect to those who died trying to win us the European Cup.

  6. vishnurajanb says:

    I do believe that our defeat against man city is more devastating to our emotional side than our title race….if i am not wrong arsenal are supposed to show up at old trafford anytime soon…win then and a few handy slip ups by the gooners would mean GLORY GLORY MAN UTD..
    i know im being a wee bit optimistic but hey if i cant trust my club whom am i supposed to trust MY 17 BTW i dont have a wife

  7. spiritof1983 says:

    We couldn’t afford to lose points after the West Ham game. After the Spurs game this was even more pressing. Now having dropped points yet again, to City, I suggest the next hero not talk about points but arrest the declining performance. Passing and build up involvng more movement and alertness needed. The points will sort itself out, if Arsenal do falter. Right now we are the ones looking off colour, and we have other tournaments to look out for, starting with the FA Cup 5th round meeting with Arsenal.

  8. virgopq says:

    I am gutted !. The present United players shud take a good look at themselves. It was a great day to remember the young boys who fought bravely as men 50 years ago. On the pitch, we saw so called men who played like pussies !. Let’s not talk abt doin the Treble or Double or even the Championship title !. If you cannot brush aside a team like City, don’t even think of winning anything !.


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