Superb summaryNever in doubt.
Despite the ref letting them get away with countless niggling fouls and general shithousery, we scored early and then generally kept them at arm’s length.
Matic should have seen red for that early assault on Gini- as I wrote in the match thread, Sadio was sent off for less against City in 2017.
Never a foul on De Gea for the disallowed Firmino “goal”- goalkeepers being over protected, as usual. And, foul or not, there is no excuse for players physically accosting a referee- at least one United player should have been sent off in that fracas.
Gini was fractionally offside for his disallowed “goal”- absolutely no complaints there. Great pass from Ox, all the same.
As has become the norm lately, the fact that we were unable to add to our lead meant that it became unnecessary squeaky bum time towards the end. Against better opposition, our profligacy may come back to haunt us. Thank fuck that Mo finally found his shooting boots at the very end. Better late than never.
How the fuck did Mo miss that chance at the start of the second half? The mind boggles. Hendo was desperately unlucky when he hit the post moments later- fingertip stuff from De Gea.
Good job that United’s finishing was even worse than ours. Pereira spurned a decent opportunity just before half time and Martial should definitely have done better when blazing over near the hour mark.
Gomez was very assured today- special mention to him. Henderson was superb and both Gini and Bobby unplayable at times. Robbo was way off the pace- a shocking attempted pass to Salah in stoppage time summed up his day.
Stat of the day: we now have more points than Man U and Everton combined.
MOTM: the late, great Hubert de Montille, whose intense, brooding 2011 Aux Malconsorts went down a treat with today’s roast beef.
I thought that Ox played a great game. He was limping a little bit after the tackle by Williams just before the 60th minute mark but appeared to be okay afterwards. Not sure if he was withdrawn because of the knock, precautions, or easing him back in while only giving him 60 minutes. Ox was extremely frustrated when he sat down after he got sub'ed.Bit late but was Ox injured or just disappointed?
That's why everyone thinks we rely on it. When we get a decision we make the most of it. When we don't, we knuckle down and win regardless whereas other teams spend the rest of the game feeling sorry for themselves.My thoughts on all the VAR stupidity: When the questionable decisions go our way (was it Wolves?), we win. When they go against us - Bobby's armpit, Virgil bumping De Gea, WE STILL FREAKING WIN!!!
Exactly - the decisions that went against us were clearly not critical decisions because, well, we won the game anyway.That's why everyone thinks we rely on it. When we get a decision we make the most of it. When we don't, we knuckle down and win regardless whereas other teams spend the rest of the game feeling sorry for themselves.
If you look at the CL, Super Cup and CWC we've had plenty of big decisions go against us/not get overturned there as well - Napoli's pen, Chelsea's pen, that red card incident etc. If Van Dijk fouled De Gea I'd like to know how he wasn't fouled for Napoli's goal at Anfield too.
Regardless, all VAR is is a system that despite its flaws gets to the correct decision more often than the old system. The argument against us is essentially that if we'd had more wrong decisions go against us we'd have fewer points.
They did what Spurs did the week before....I haven't followed in detail the changes in United's fitness levels in the last year. But just on the basis of this one game, you have to say they were able to live with us in the last 15 minutes as well as anyone this season. Credit where credit's due.
Their teeny weeny grey matter don't have the capacity to do so.Exactly - the decisions that went against us were clearly not critical decisions because, well, we won the game anyway.
On balance there have been plenty of bad decisions and unlucky moments that went against us. This team just overcomes each time. It is truly amazing to watch and the sour grapes crowds from other team just can’t or won’t see it.