One thing I’m rarely accused of is being romantic. Just ask my better half and she’ll tell you the odd occasions I have bought flowers are met with suspicion, while a night on the sofa watching the latest Richard Curtis flick is usually forgone for a recap of the Star Wars trilogy- the good one obviously. When it comes to United and the Premier League odds though I’m a bit different, maybe it’s a romantic view or perhaps it’s naivety but I still look at this as the club of Sir Matt’s resilience, Best’s skill, Whiteside’s Anfield tackle, Eric’s chip, Keano’s Turin performance and Edwin’s celebration. I still believe the money I can ill afford to spend on my season ticket should be worth it to help alleviate another hectic work week and give me 90 minutes of joy and escapism. Maybe I’m off my tiny little bald brown bonce but I don’t believe one goal at Old Trafford in 50 days is good enough, I don’t get excited after a nil nil draw against a side occupying 15th place in the table and believe seeing our goalkeeper make three world class saves to keep us in the game isn’t cause for celebration it’s a source of embarrassment.
Yes, United have just drawn with the champions of England, but let’s not forget they’re the ‘champions’ who this season, have lost to – deep breath- City, Leicester, Bournemouth, Stoke [twice if we count the league cup], Liverpool, West Ham, Southampton, Everton and Crystal Palace. These are the worst defending champions in the history of the Premier League, even more abysmal than the shower of sh**e representing us under David Moyes. Yes, United created chances and put in their best performance in months, yes we should’ve had a penalty, but it wasn’t the dominant showing it’s being labelled, as were it not for De Gea’s greatness and Matic’s rubbishness it’s a game we could well have lost.
I’ll get behind the team, I do every week regardless of the sleep-inducing drivel I’m forced to watch, but I’ll also say it the way I see it and while today was an improvement it was simply not enough to keep a man who’s not won in eight games employed as manager of Manchester United football club.
It was ‘almost’ good enough but in my somewhat romanticised view of United, ‘almost’ isn’t what was needed, we needed a win not another goalless draw. I don’t expect Van Gaal to be sacked, I think as long as Edward Woodward can use the manager to hide is own ineptitude he’ll keep him until at least the sums for Champions League qualification don’t add up. I don’t expect United to make the top four under the current regime, I don’t think any trophies will be added to our cabinet this season and I don’t for one minute think it’s acceptable. If you want my view on today’s game – it was nearly enough to convince me things will get better under the manager. Nearly but not quite.