A Tuesday night.
Between Christmas and New Year.
Down in Birmingham.
You could have forgiven United’s Away Days Faithful for not being in full voice for this one. But that wasn’t the case. Not even close!
There was an anticipation in the air that everyone going was looking forward to this game. From the lads singing on the coach, to the packed out concourse at St Andrews just before the game that was literally bouncing with energy and song. Have no doubts, we were in full voice.
The game started and the noise that is coming from the United contingent is immense. It’s a long way from the often stale atmosphere that spreads around Old Trafford these days. I have to say though that I was quite disappointed in the home fans. I thought the Birmingham fans would have been up for this game but I heard hardly anything from them until they scored at the end.
The first half was largely forgettable. The resurgent Anderson striding about the midfield and Berbatov now looking like the player everyone has wanted to believe in for so long, is boding well for United. But the seemingly lopsided formation with Rooney stuck out wide looks as if it’s taken the verve, that was present against Sunderland, out of the team.
The second half starts and again once the United end warms back up the noise comes flowing back. Even more so when Dimitar drives us ahead! Groups of people from every angle throw themselves around in celebration…”United, United, top of the league”. For the next 20-30 minutes United seem comfortable, Berba even hitting the post (a goal that would have sealed the win) but then Birmingham regroup and applied some pressure.
Birmingham score. 90th minute. I look about to see the same expression on other United fan’s faces as mine. Gutted. Almost feels like a defeat. Another away game slipped from our grasp. Saint Nick certainly deserting us there!
The feeling of disappointment fills the air, and the trip back up the M6 seems a lot longer for that result. I tried to take some positives (top of the league; unbeaten; a point more than Chelsea took there; etc) but I can’t shake the feeling that United cannot keep passing up these chances to take control of this title race. But then again, its never straightforward with United is it? It’s almost like it isn’t worth doing if you can’t make it a challenge!
And the attention turns to West Brom away and another jaunt down the M6…and a suggestion of a New Years resolution for the team: hold a lead away from home please!