It is always painful losing but when we lose to Manchester United it always hurts more.
Manchester United had a good start to the game and created many chances in the first half, on the other hand we didn’t have a single shot on target in the entire half. It looked like we were going into the dressing room goalless however a Ryan Giggs corner found Dimitar Berbatov who gave United the lead in the 42nd minute. Just a minute after the goal United had a shout for a penalty when a pass back from Maxi Rodriquez hit Jamie Carragher’s arm. From the replay it did look like it was outside the box and Carra was moving his arm away so credit to Howard Webb for a good call.
The second half started like the first half ended and in the 56th minute the woodwork denied Nani from making it 2-0. The reprieve didn’t last long however because three minutes later Berbatov made it 2-0 with what I must admit was a stunning goal.
In the 61st minute Roy Hodgson subbed Maxi Rodriguez for David Ngog and it was the move that changed the game. Shortly after Ngog came on Jonny Evans brought Fernando Torres down in box and Steven Gerrard converted the penalty given. Evans was lucky to get off with only a yellow card on what should have been a straight red. The goal gave us energy and in the 69th minute John O’Shea brought Torres down just outside the penalty box. Steven Gerrard scored from the free kick given and tied up the game 2-2. Again we felt cheated that O’Shea only got a yellow and not a red as Torres was through on goal.
It all looked like we were going to get something from the game however Dimitar Berbatov completed his hat-trick in the 84th minute and the game ended 3-2.
The loss now leaves us with 5 points out of 5 games, we are currently in 16th place.
THE GOOD: Good comeback having been 2-0 down and what looked like a disastrous showing turned into a respectable performance.
THE BAD: Our very poor display in the first half.
THE UGLY: We are now only 1 point from the relegation zone.