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The Month: This could be us but you Plane

When Manchester United won in March, there were goal cushions, of two and three, and there were clean sheets. The football was acceptable, and sometimes better than that. Good, then! But wait. When they lost, oh god, when they lost. Bad! Really, really bad.

This has been a terrible season. It has piled up on United, something other fans will see as overdue, such that every month that goes by appears to have been much worse than the last. It kinda makes sense. A relegated team (this is where we currently are with point of references) might rue a difficult April where they manage four points out of 12 more than a long, winless run in Autumn. So, despite just two defeats, March might be a candidate for the most horrible of them all. It might not have been like September where United lost three times, or January four (or five, if a penalty shoot-out defeat helps the agenda), and yet it feels like an ugly combination of the two. It’s a snowball. Except there’s no fun to be had here.

Of course, so much of what made March a tragic month were the two teams that pulled United’s trousers down and urged everyone else to have a look. Defeats to Liverpool and Manchester City aren’t ever enjoyable, less so when it’s at Old Trafford and they score three without reply. Hey, fair enough, United’s commitment to seeing just how low they can go is pretty admirable at this point. Good effort, lads.

People are angry: they’re shouting as loud as they can, they’re typing furiously, they’re punching the walls, and they’re spunking £840 on an aeroplane. The latter is without doubt the wrong course of action, but you can understand the frustration, because who doesn’t feel it themselves? (As ever, the fans are the only ones who deserve credit)? David Moyes’ Manchester United have constantly looked like a team without an identity. They’re not even consistent at persistently crossing the ball, or hoofing it from defence.

We’re not done with you, March. Liverpool and City, as it happens, have seemed to nudged ahead of the least-unbearable of the potential champions, Chelsea, just to add to the misery. United’s players, a collection of title-winners, Adnan Januzaj and the endearing-but-unpredictable/limited Marouane Fellaini have to wonder how it’s got this bad.

Are there any positives? Sure! Just the three league victories with nine goals scored (including this year’s Wayne Rooney Goal of the Season contender) and one conceded. West Brom, West Ham and Aston Villa were all well-beaten. It’s a shame, though the reason why is so obvious, that United can’t do it against a stronger team. They did, to be fair, have one big success: beating Olympiakos thanks to a hat-trick from suddenly-maligned (and now cruelly injured) Robin van Persie, progressing to the last eight of the Champions League, though that doesn’t feel as impressive now as it did on the night.

Could April be any better? Well, there is Bayern Munich twice. They’re kind of like Bayer Leverkusen, right?


 

73 Comments

  1. DeGeaWeTrust says:

    Wayne – the method to the madness I would not be surprised if united win tonight, nothing will surprise me. It depends how united are set up

  2. ashtheking says:

    Wayne

    Yes not having expectation can be good but it can equally be bad. If the players also feel the same then they may underperform, look at the game against Liverpool and the second half against city. I. Both games it seemed the players also were like we are going to lose so why give extra and honestly that has been the story in the big games for us this season. So yes there will be less pressure but you should use that In a right way. I just hope boys make us proud. Give everything for 180 mins and if you are going out the n better go out fighting. Anyways we are Manchester United and nothing is impossible for this club.

  3. AntiScouser says:

    @ash

    “Anyways we are Manchester United and nothing is impossible for this club.”

    Oh, please, what a load of baloney. Especially after a season like this. If we somehow beat Bayers, it will be nothing short of a miracle.

  4. Gary Mitrovic says:

    I don’t know why I’m doing it to myself, but I’m starting to hope we might be able to pull out a positive result at least in tonight’s match anyway. I don’t like getting my hopes only for them to be dashed when the reality of the side we’re facing hits home.

    Come on United, just give your all and we can’t ask anymore.

  5. ashtheking says:

    Antiscouser

    Dude why are you always so negative. Did I say we will beat bayern for sure, man you seriously need a life. All I said is we are Manchester United and nothing is impossible for us. Ask robben who they fear more, arsenal or united, majority’ will say united, it’s just because we have respect. Same applies for clubs like bayern Munich, Barcelona, Real Madrid. Ac Milan . These are exclusive clubs. Even pep said man united will always be dangerous. I know we are having a shit season but if we show up then mark my words bayern swill have to play well. If we play shit then bayern need not to go to second gear and they will still beat us. And now please don’t reply by saying you love moyes, you are unrealistic. I may undermine my manager but I will in my whole life will never undermine my club because their is nothing impossible for our club, and it’s not arrogance it’s a fact.

  6. dannysoya LOVES USAIN BOLT says:

    “I’d say going into this game, we’re hopeful rather than confident.”

    “That’s just being realistic- Bayern are at the absolute top of their game”

    Gary Neville speaking the truth. I’m absolutely NOT confident about tonight. I simply cannot be. Bayern Munich are an unstoppable force at the moment and United don’t look like they could harm a fly. But I’m hopeful that the boys can prove me wrong and pull out something tonight to get my hopes up for next season.

  7. gra mar says:

    @Gary Mitrovic – it always happens. You think you haven’t got a chance and then as kick off approaches you start making yourself believe.

  8. Tommy says:

    @Danny

    Maybe Munich will feel they are unstopable, If they go into the game with that mind set we will win the game, If wiull be a tough game and they are favourites but anything can happen, did you expect little old Wigan to beat city at the etihad? Anything is possible in football, its going to be a cracking atmosphere

  9. ashtheking says:

    I hope today the 75000 fans present in oldtrafford just scream their lungs out for 90 mins and show to uefa what they will be missing next season. Let’s enjoy ourselves. I will again say all i ask from my players is to just give your 100% and fight till the end. Make us proud.

  10. dannysoya LOVES USAIN BOLT says:

    @Tommy agreed.

    Even though my head is telling me to expect nothing from the game, my heart is telling me to expect a special performance tonight from the boys. Hopefully they do just that. All it takes is one attack and maybe a red card to one of their players and then we’re in the tie at least. Neuer is a great keeper but he’s also prone to mistakes. Same goes for Boateng and Martinez at times. If we can capitalize on just one mistake and put them on the backfoot who knows?

  11. m09538061 says:

    Motivation Team Talk for the Fans:
    We will fight them in Piccadilly,we’ll fight them on the Tram,we’ll fight them in the Chippy and we’ll fight them for an half and half scarf..
    We will never surrender but the team might?
    (Hope i’m wrong about the Team).
    ‘U-N-I-T-E-D..
    United are the team for me’.

  12. Jorge Curioso II says:

    “did you expect little old Wigan to beat city at the etihad”

    Sadly, a very appropriate analogy for Moyes United.

  13. Anomander says:

    All I want from this game is a performance.

    Every single player. 100%

  14. Gary Mitrovic says:

    It’s an obvious thing to say, but we must score first tonight to stand any chance. I fear another capitulation if we concede first.

  15. WeAreUnitedd says:

    The exact same thoughts guys

    we can do this, my mind says it is a 1-1 or 1-2 for Bayern but my heart says 2-1 or 1-0 for us

    CMON UNITED UNITED UNITED UNITED

    100% effort, good tactics, the right players the right attitude and we could have an hell off a night!”

    CMOOOOOOOOOOOOOn

    BUZZING!!!!!

  16. gra mar says:

    Nothing mentioned in the British press of Javi Martinez’ bout of amnesia the other week.

    Maybe he’ll forget he’s playing for Bayern tonight and score one for us.

    Come on UNITED

  17. Fletch™ says:

    @ManUtd24. Well alright then! Thanks for the note!

    Come on United, you’ve given us p*ss all the last month…..

    erm, except ofcourse for getting us into the last 8 of the Champions League! :twisted:

  18. Fletch™ says:

    Rumor: Alexander Buttner possibly out with a hamstring injury! :roll:

    Honestly gutted for the lad.

    Smalling or Rafael then?
    Jones at RB.

    Crickey! We’re thin at LB innit!

  19. ziggy says:

    @Tommy
    I’m sorry I hurt your feelings,maybe I’m wrong,and with me,millions of people that think the same thing but ok…I apologize again even if I still think I’m right…next…

  20. Fletch™ says:

    Gods, is there a fit full back available?

    Rafael & Buttner rumored to fail late fitness tests.

    Evra is suspended.

    Call up the reserves?!

  21. dannysoya LOVES USAIN BOLT says:

    Rafael and Buttner are out? FFS? What the fuck is going on? I thought we just commissioned a brand new medical facility. Same old injury bug? Valencia to RB, Evans or Jones to LB. Fletcher and Carrick through the middle. Welebck and Nani on either wing and Kagawa through the middle with Rooney up tpo.

  22. ashtheking says:

    Danny

    Yes I don’t know why we always suffer injuries. It’s not just this season, it has been happening for last few seasons. Anyways let’s hope for the best

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