I guess I better have a go at summarising what we’ve just seen.
Before I start I want to get one thing straight I don’t condone what Luis Suarez said to Patrice Evra nor do I think it was handed correctly by the club but I support my team through thick and thin because that’s what fans do. I do not have to agree with every decision my club makes and I’ve the right to voice concerns over club affairs because that’s the nature of the game.
Aside from that, today was an entirely bitter match from start to finish, a few flash points included.
The refused Evra handshake, which Evra made sure everybody in the ground was aware of by pulling out a lovely little dance move.
I personally think the handshake should have happened, you don’t have to like the players you’re shaking hands with but a bit of respect should equally be shown. I understand Luis Suarez has his own reasons to refuse the shake, that’s fine but with the world watching you’d have thought it would have been logical that a little water flowed under a massive bridge before an intense encounter between rivals.
Reports of some Hillsborough chanting.
Really United fans? Really?
Luis Suarez seemingly smashing the ball towards the United bench.
Obviously he thought this’d get the Old Trafford crowd back on his side?!
This then led to a tunnel ‘bust up’
Hardly surprising but it still amazes me that 22+ grown men can’t control themselves in those sort of situations, high pressured, intense atmosphere and lots at stake but at the end of the day, they’re suppose to be role models and adults.
The game ended with Mr Evra celebrating like he’d won the league.. right in front of Mr Suarez.
If that’s not a player trying to provoke a reaction then I don’t know what is, I expect both clubs will be warned by the wonderful FA about the control of their players during the game, and rightly so. You’d think Evra would want to forget it wouldn’t you, let his ordeal end there, he can walk away with a win and a title challenge still fierce, but no. Daft, needless and childish, just three words to sum up Danny Welbeck’s hair, but more seriously it’s just so sour after everything that’s gone on and leaves Liverpool fans thinking, started with class ended an arse.
Isn’t it amazing that all of the talking points I’ve mentioned none of which were about the game itself. Rooney scored 2 decent goals, Johnson lost his man for the first and Spearing lost concentration for a second which is something you just can’t do at Old Trafford. We pulled a goal back through Luis Suarez after a cracking ball in from Charlie Adam but the changes were made too late and we gave ourselves too much to do.
We started the game wrongly, on paper we looked like a team that was put out to pressurise United’s midfield and back line. It didn’t happen and Suarez was swamped upfront with little delivery and little support. The amount of times we passed the ball backwards or sideways was obscene. Something needs to be done.
When you sum it all up we were beaten by the better side on the day but we’ll be back next time with more fight and I have no doubt about that.
Ben Carr – @DoctorBenjy on twitter