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Reactions To Victory Over Norwich

1. Days like yesterday have the potential to win you or lose you the title. When it’s 1-1 with 90 minutes played after a lacklustre second half you’re thinking it’s a day that could lose you the title. It doesn’t matter that Norwich have performed so well this season, sitting in 8th place despite getting beaten, we needed the points. We’ve got tough games coming up and we couldn’t afford to draw. The win probably papers over the cracks of what was a disappointing performance from United but I’m too happy with the win to think too much about that right now.

2. If Ryan Giggs’ career was a film, you would roll your eyes and think it was the cheesiest, most unbelievable nonsense you’d ever seen. He made his 900th appearance for the club and scored an injury time winner. The word “legend” is used far too frequently in football. If there’s any player in this country today that the word can be used for accurately, it is him. Wow. He was more effective when he moved inside from the wing and was in the right place at the right time to win us the game. He had a chance to score before that after a brilliant ball from Jones saw Ryan’s effort come back off he crossbar. What a way to mark his special day.

3. Whilst Giggs stole all the headlines, as you’d imagine, it was David de Gea who was our Man of the Match and who ensured we got the win. He made a brilliant reaction save with his foot a few yards out after a lovely ball from Norton to Pilkington and a great save from a powerful Wilbraham shot from outside box. Better than that, he caught the ball when he should catch it and punched it when he should punch it. He looked confident and assured when jumping up with an opponent when a cross came in too. One of his best performances for the club. Credit should also go to Jonny Evans and Rio Ferdinand who did a great defensive job too.

4. Paul Scholes has now scored his second important goal since returning from retirement last month. Is it a worry that our two old men are scoring our goals for us? No, I wouldn’t say so. “If they are good enough, they’re old enough” Sir Matt Busby said, referring to our young lads who took English football by storm. Surely the same can be applied at the other end of the spectrum. If they’re good enough, they’re not too old. At the moment, they’re certainly proving they’re still good enough, so let’s not get bent out of shape about it.

5. Nani and Ashley Young have been frustrating over recent weeks since coming back from injuries, and probably before, but with them assisting a goal each, can we complain? Young’s ball to Giggs was perfect, just the kind of delivery we bought him for, so let’s hope they can keep it up. Antonio Valencia is meant to be back for Spurs, hopefully, so it would be great to have some real fierce competition for starting places on our wing. Nani showed some lovely skill early on, only for Norwich thug Bradley Johnson to come crashing in to him, retaliating for being made to look like a mug. More of the same, please Nani.

6. Danny Welbeck and Chicharito, who are fighting it out to start alongside Wayne Rooney, were frustrating in front of goal. Welbeck did force a very good save, with the goalie’s finger tips just taking the ball past the post, but in the dying moments at 1-1, Welbeck should have won us the game. He somehow got his header completely wrong and instead of letting it just bounce of his head, went to place it, and missed the ball. In the first half, Chicharito was one on one with the keeper with a chance to try and kill off the game, but stabbed it tamely straight at him. Must do better lads.

7. Seeing how much Giggs’ winner meant to the players was great to see. Phil Jones and Rio Ferdinand in particular went absolutely bonkers. Our players want this title. It would be nice if they played with the urgency we showed after their equaliser right from the beginning though. Get the game won then take your foot off the gas, if necessary. It doesn’t seem to matter which eleven players go out there though, Ferguson inspires this never say die attitude at this club, which I hope will carry us through until May.


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91 Comments

  1. Shebangsthedrums says:

    Just heard Atkinson’s the ref for the Spurs game, we can kiss 3 points goodbye then. No doubt Bale will dive and Atkinson will fall for it.
    As for yesterday’s match. Disappointing overall performance, but the lads manage to dig out a result again. Jones, Smalling et al, are definitely learning from the best.

  2. King Eric says:

    RVP is quality but not in the same league as Ronnie.

    Stevo. What a shit comment. Yeah let’s stop this slide eh. Slide towards our twentieth title. God there are some miserable bastards. Weak league? Nonsense. Spurs are better. City. Teams like swansea and norwich. The premier league is a lot harder than it used to be where any team can win on any given day.

    Aarrgghh. Moaning bastards on MUTV “we shouldn’t rely on Giggs and Scholes“. As I said WHY FUCKING NOT? Still top drawer players.

    Sickened at the lack of mention Giggs has been given on radio chat shows. All the cunts are talking about is the vermin and poor Spurs and Harry being fucked about by the FA. Show Ryan some respect you disrespectful cunts.

  3. JC says:

    Apparently Macheda tried to tell someone on twitter to shut their mouth and accidentally typed “stupid little gay” when he meant to type “stupid little guy” at least that’s how he’s already responded on twitter. If he get’s fined for that then what about this guy?? http://img.metro.co.uk/i/pix/2011/11/05/article-1320515297477-0EADE91B00000578-734492_636x300.jpg

  4. JC says:

    Here’s the twitter screen cap from the Redcafe thread anyway… http://i.imgur.com/wm78D.png

  5. North Stand Tier 2 says:

    It really wasn’t a convincing performance on Sunday, except for the first 15 mins, and the last 5 mins, when we tore them apart at will. It’s very frustrating when we play so poorly for such a large period of the game, then when we are desperate, in the last 5 mins, we create 5-6 golden chances.

    Giggsy was legendary in that last 5 mins, put Welbeck through on goal with a delightful chip, crossed in the ball for Welbeck when he missed that header, and scored the winning goal. He’s not been great this season in his overall performances, but still delivers the goods when we desperately need them.

    I’ve become a big fan of Welbeck, who’s all round game has led me to find considerable deficiencies in Hernandez’s overall game. Hernandez’s movement in the box is fantastic, best in the world probably, but outside the box he needs to improve. He’s always offside, its incredibly annoying. Fitness has been a problem for him this season, and hopefully now he’ll chip in with more goals over rest of the season if fit.

    But back to Welbeck, he needs to keep working on his finishing, and his level of composure in front of goal. How many times have we heard Fergie say “Danny could’ve had 6 today?” Once he gets that and it starts to click, he can score 25+ goals a season without any problem. He’s got great pace and power, and will be some player if he stays injury free. I just hope that his profligacy in front of the goal doesn’t cost us this season, even though I’m firmly behind his selection on a weekly basis to aid his development.

  6. King Eric says:

    3Generations. Bastard. I let the side down mate by dignifying stevo with a response!

  7. Shebangsthedrums says:

    King Eric – the only reason people moan is because they’ve been spoilt with the success we’ve had. They need to realise, we have no god given right to win trophies every year and if we did, it would soon become worthless.
    RVP = Absolute class. No doubt about it.

  8. North Stand Tier 2 says:

    There is no chance of Utd signing RVP. £25m for a player who is 29, has been brilliant for 18months, but spent the rest of his career injured? No thanks. With Utd’s luck he’d play for 5 games and then be injured for 3 months. We need that money for a midfielder, my guess is Modric or a fairly young and unknown player. (Or Sneijder for considerably less than it wouldve been given how shit Inter are doing)

  9. redrider says:

    North Stand
    Amen to that.

  10. Sparkz says:

    @North Stand – Agreed mate. It does frustrate me at times when Danny misses some gilt edged opportunities. BUT, he is still developing, and we’re a far better team with him than without. I don’t think its a coincidence that our most uninspiring spell of form (November time when we couldn’t score more than 1 goal a game) came when he was injured.

    Equally, I don’t think its a coincidence that our best patches of form have come when he’s been playing up front with Rooney. Having 1 striker with an all round game is good….having 2 playing together is even better. We generally create a lot of chances with those 2 playing.

    In an ideal world, you’d be able to find a way to get Chicha in there as well to finish off those chances and help us become more clinical!

  11. FletchTHEMAN says:

    More columns about Giggs

    Ryan Giggs Art of growing old gracefully. The guardian biting its collective lip :cool:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/blog/2012/feb/27/ryan-giggs-stanley-matthews

  12. daemondada says:

    Well done lads.we done proper against norwich.I bliv that our laboured performance came as a subconcious effort to conserve strength for d run-in.there are yet tough games ahead.Not to worry,we are picking 3 pts frm all.laters.

  13. JC says:

    Re: Pogba – So in other words, he’s not going anywhere this summer unless we decide he’s going somewhere (from that independent article):

    Ferguson publicly warned Pogba before Christmas not to wreck his United chances, after Raiola was engaged to work on the contract discussions.

    “We have an option on his contract that takes us into a year-and-a-half away, so in that respect there’s not a great emergency about it. But we’d like the boy to sign a contract and, if he’d like to be a Manchester United player, then he knows what to do,” Ferguson said back then.

  14. Sandeep1878 says:

    Good morning Red Devils around the world,

    2 min video of Davi De Gea saves against NORWICH..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOKeBzNXohc

  15. Sandeep1878 says:

    Did anyone see this week’s ronaldo goal..

    funny and tricky :)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58Qv2XI3MmY&feature=related

  16. Arjunited says:

    better than the one against Villa :)

  17. Reddevilsneverdie says:

    How about my mu team guys?
    4-3-1-2

    de gea

    rafa smalling
    jones fryers

    javi.garcia
    martinez gaitan

    rooney
    welbeck sturridge

    sub:lindegaard,cleverly,pogba,chicha,w.keane,ferdy,fab.etc

  18. Sandeep1878 says:

    Here is Cole, with his back to goal, but it dint make any difference :)

    commentator on Andy Cole

  19. Costas says:

    Nah, I prefer the one against Villa. He couldn’t put as much power behind that one and he also got the ball through a crowd of players. :D

    I was just looking at some stats. Since Valencia has joined United, he and Nani have started 33 games together on the wings. We’ve won 29 of them. That’s an 88% winning percentage. 8)

  20. lordrt says:

    Players like Chicharito and Welbeck have to work harder on their finishing, else don’t be surprised to see SAF axe them if they continue to fluff their lines. But it will be tougher against Spurs this weekend, with them wanting to avenge that humiliation against arsenil and the poor display of football which United gave for most of the match against Norwich. Hopefully Utd will come back with a win

  21. Arjunited says:

    any guesses on who’s gonna start alongside rooney(if fit) against spurs? chicha should get the nod ahead imo, has been good in away forms especially.

  22. Sandeep1878 says:

    Costas,

    Thats a good stat on the lord of the wings..

    by the way, i honestly think Nani can do way better than what he is doing at the moment..

    The lad has tremendous potential and i hope we see the full of it..

    good day pal,

    Arjun,

    Good day mate.

    Lordrt,

    the games against Spurs will be open..we need raw pace and counter attack..

    wish Valencia will be fit..and rooney as well..

  23. CedarsDevil says:

    King Eric

    Morning mate, I totally agree that RvP is no Ronaldo. Whilst RvP is without doubt quality my alleged love for him is just used as a wind up and it does get people going at times just for some fun banter…

    See even I can be a WUM! ha ha

  24. Arjunited says:

    Sandeep and Costas,
    good day mates.

    29/33=wreaking havoc guaranteed. bring them on. atleast that should counter the attacking threat of walker and ekotto. and parker is suspended!

  25. Costas says:

    Hi Sandeep. They’ve been phenomenal together, even if Nani isn’t at his best on the left. Regarding that percentage, the rest of our games have a 61% winning score. So it’s evident which is our best wing duo.

    And in case anyone’s wondering which were the 4 games that we didn’t win with Tony and Nani starting together, those would be CSKA at OT (3-3), the 2 draws at Blackburn in the last 2 seasons and the defeat at Wembley against City. 2 very hurtful results in there…

  26. CedarsDevil says:

    Fletch & Sandeep

    Thanks for those De Gea videos. Like many have said he was without doubt man of the match.

    He can only get better and hopefully he will carry on like that from now on

  27. Sandeep1878 says:

    Costas,

    Yeah, Basel, Wembley and Anfield still hurt me..

    Cedars,

    welcome buddy..hope things are as smooth as mirror…

  28. CedarsDevil says:

    Sandeep

    Never mind things being smooth as miirror as you say, I am simply smooth. So smooth in fact that I am like a combo of Cantona and Berba! ha ha

  29. CedarsDevil says:

    Now where the heck is smartalex? The real one of course

  30. samuel - united WE stand says:

    Pogba’s agent says his situation is “Precarious”. negotiations are ongoing yet there’s barely any development. and that points to only one thing and that is pogba departing to serie A. His agent says there’s a willingness for pogba and the club to continue being associates but why hasn’t he signed yet? the whole situation is mind boggling because you’d expect that now he’s so close to the first team he’d actually start showing commitment. Guess that’s too much to ask.

    Apparently he wasn’t happy to be left out against ajax. I think that’s Fergie’s harsh way of saying “Well you’ve been on the bench once or twice, it’s a taster of what is to come if you really want to be at the club but if you want to leave then your loss”

  31. RedManWalking says:

    @Cedars – Van Persie over our Ronnie? Really?

    Ryan Giggs scores the winner in dying minutes on his 900th appearance. If I was seeing United for the first time, I would say that the game was scripted. That it was all fixed. But, this is United. We are never beaten till that final whistle is blown and the game is truly over. Was jumping like nuts when he scored. Been doing it for over 20 years and will continue doing it as long as he wears the RED of United. #legend

    Ryan Giggs – Tearing you apart since 1991

  32. Sandeep1878 says:

    Cedars,

    Lol :)

    at RedManWalking,

    never mind, RVP is Cedar’s football god :P

  33. CedarsDevil says:

    RMW

    Good to see you fella! Of course, RvN over any body mate! haha

    Just read my post directed at King Eric and you will understand

  34. RedManWalking says:

    @Cedars – Ya, read that mate. But, to compare RvP over our Ronnie, even for banter, is a no-no for me! But, if it is RvN as you mentioned in your post, I don’t mind :P Ruud is one of the greatest strikers to play for our Majestic Club.

    And great to see you too, mate.

    @Sandeep – I have been noticing the Gooneritis symptoms for some time. Who else would have RvP as a footballing God while supporting a club that has had the likes of Giggs, Cantona, Best, Scholes, Charlton, ROBSON play for it? :-P

  35. BedaSh says:

    GET IIIIIN GOING TO SEE ANDREW COLE, LEE SHARPE AND OUR PREMIER LEAGUE TROPHY TOMORROW AT DUBAIII WAHOOOO !!!!!!!! GOING FUCKING MENTAL RIGHT NOW CAN’T BELIEVE THIS!!!!!!!

  36. KingOfStretfordEnd says:

    What I loved about Sunday- the celebrations. I could watch it a million times.

    These kind of things are made for us :D

  37. Hv says:

    i think you need to mention that Evra was ran over against norwich. Hopefully he steps up while our captain Vidic is out. He’s been out of form this whole season. To be honest, this season, i would’ve prefer Fabio.

  38. 5hammare says:

    totally agree that Welbeck should have scored.
    from my point Utd did an Ok game and controlled it nearly all the way.
    We weren´t threaten by high crosses into the box and Norwich didn´t create so much overall. Then it was DW that should have ” closed the game”. Unfortunately Chica don´t get the right support with Rooney on the sideline and the verdict is ” not good enough”.

    5

  39. ManUTDUSA says:

    I was skeptical with De Gea coming in for Van Der Saar, but holy crap he’s improved exponentially since the start of the season. This much improvement in so short a time? The sky is the limit for this guy. Great move Fergie!

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