- Jan 17, 2015
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- Manchester United
sometimes a picture says 1000 words YSB
Aye thats you back in league-winning form again isn't it, bet you Chelsea and City are really shaking in their boots for the coming season eh mate!?!
Oooh, cocky again eh, we'll see how cocky you are in the next few games mate. Drop a few points once again and Liverpool will be waiting to overtake you at the last minute - this is going to be fun!looking excellent to be fair mate, we are the best of the top 5 as you can see, and the city defeat was the one of the 5 we deserved most to win, we played them off the park.
I agree with you that you and Arsenal now have one place only to play for, but what about this hard run ? When does it start mate ?
Wow. Isn't this ironic from the man who supported Macclesfield Town, then supported Manchester City when an Arabian Sheikh came along and took the club over and now has gone back to caring about Macclesfield after a recent upturn in form has coincided with a downturn in Manchester City's.United start to win a few. Spear crawls out from under his fucking rock.
It’s tough to write about every week, but football fans make it impossible to ignore. They refuse to behave with responsibility and respect, and as a result, chaos and violence breaks out.
The Tory government we have now has tried to assiduously reduce public expenditure to more sustainable levels, as we move back to good, honest values to help hard-working families. Hard-working families of people who wake up every day to go to work, in what I like to call "Alarm Clock Britain" - a phrase I coined myself. I like to think that this column, in fact, is something of an alarm clock for Britain - waking up society to smell the coffee, and get real.
Well let’s get real about this: we will have a ballooning, expensive state if these mindless hooligans of Manchester United keep causing trouble in the stands, and taxes will be forced up to cover up the costs of policing them.
Their target this week was Steven Gerrard. Gerrard is a fine man, who has not ever been convicted of a crime. And to be fair to Gerrard, he has had his innocence proven far more definitely than anyone else, having it examined during a trial over a bar room scuffle. That he was found not guilty means he did no wrong; and, like his former England team-mate John Terry, he is an upstanding, not guilty man, and a credit to the club he captains.
Gerrard led Liverpool to their most glorious season in the Premier League last year. The season where they chased down Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea, and forced both Chelsea and City into conspiring against them, to hound him unfairly into making a crucial error for Demba Ba to seize upon. Had Jose Mourinho not worked in tandem with Manuel Pellegrini to unreasonably build the pressure on the captain in the run up to the game, then Gerrard would not have been forced into telling his players, on camera, that it would not slip.
Gerrard is usually a man filled with the twin qualities of humility and dignity - you wouldn’t find him celebrating the title early, for example. He is too experienced for anything like that. That he was then let down by all around him with the 3-3 draw at Crystal Palace (where as a holding midfielder and captain he could only do so much to organise those around him) makes the behaviour of the United fans only more disgusting. They owed him respect.
From the first half whistle, they were insistent, relentless and vile. They kept shouting their chants, that Gerrard and Liverpool had nearly won the league, refusing to remember how badly their own team had done in that very season. They kept reminding him of the slip, despite all he had done for the club in that season already. As Martin Tyler said of Gerrard, he had an encyclopaedic knowledge of this fixture, the one they were playing, and yet the United fans were obsessed with the past. Liverpool’s past, not even their own. They should have been focussing on their own team, and what was going on with them for the match, not constantly talking about past glories or the schadenfreude of such a brilliant, clever man, an outstanding technician, making one mistake. It was incredibly small-time from United’s fans. Swearing in the presence of children and women, and worst of all, Brendan Rodgers, a man who comports himself with, above all, a love of the game.
As Rodgers had told the press earlier last week, he had invented a new, 3-4-3 formation for Liverpool and the world. He had also helped his players develop physically, tactically, spiritually and morally. He deserves respect for revolutionising football and Liverpool, and if Gerrard is his captain, then he, by extension, deserves similar admiration. Could Rodgers have set up such a technically brilliant, short passing, hard-working, clever, astute and tactically disciplined side without Gerrard’s presence? It is unlikely. The CORE values - Commitment, Ownership, Responsibility, Excellence - that Rodgers has promoted at Liverpool, are personified by Gerrard. You can see that in the people he apologised to after he stamped on Ander Herrera - his own team mates and fans.
The match was set up brilliantly by Rodgers for Gerrard’s introduction, and what a 38 seconds Gerrard gave his club. Tearing around, one diagonal, magical pass to the wings, a few give and goes and an inspirational tackle through Juan Mata. It was obviously the foundation for a resurgent win for them both.
And then Herrera, geed on by United’s fans, took things too far. Looking to impress after a poor season, he went in recklessly on Gerrard with a sliding tackle. He might not have touched Gerrard, but the message was clear. Like the fans in the away end, he wanted blood, and was threatening to end the veteran’s career. Gerrard retaliated bravely, stamping on him, once again forced to act in self-defence - and his reward? A referee bowing to the pressure of travelling fans calling for a red card to be shown.
The Premier League no longer deserves him, and the United fans only have themselves to blame.
Wow. Isn't this ironic from the man who supported Macclesfield Town, then supported Manchester City when an Arabian Sheikh came along and took the club over and now has gone back to caring about Macclesfield after a recent upturn in form has coincided with a downturn in Manchester City's.