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Rafael da Silva was sent off at Tottenham today with 17 minutes (+4 injury time) remaining on the clock.
With Spurs fans always whinging about the decisions that have gone against them, as if it’s an exclusive disadvantage, you have to wonder if their hypocrisy can continue. (And The Ref for Sunday is!!!!!????)
What’s the difference here though?
When decisions go against Spurs, they don’t do themselves any favours and don’t do anything to deserve a result regardless. Spurs were 2-0 up when Michael Carrick was awarded a penalty two years ago. They then went on to lose 5-2. Is that down to the ref or them being bottle jobs?
At White Hart Lane, unjustly going down to ten men with almost a quarter of the game left to play, United could have conceded a few and spent the next few months whinging about the ref. But our lads got stuck in and secured the point required to go top.
Over the 90 minutes, Gomes was the only keeper required to make any good saves, with Spurs managing just two shots on target, both going straight in to the arms of Van der Sar.
Whilst Vidic tends to be man of the match in every game he plays, Rafael was pushing him for the title before this point. His runs forward saw him take on and beat several Spurs players at a time and he prevented Gareth Bale from doing much, again.
This now creates a few questions for us: does his suspension for our next game mean that Sir Alex will call a truce with Wes Brown? Or will we see John O’Shea, who is just returning from injury, drafted back in? And will Rio Ferdinand tweet a picture of Mike Dean wearing a Spurs shirt?