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The 'feeling'

Went to the game last night and two things struck me:

1. Before the game/during the first exchanges, it was the first time I'd had that feeling of goosebumps and anxiety; that passion that a big game can brilliantly instill within you, since Fergie left. That love/hate relationship as you want to watch United all week long and yet you almost can't wait for the game to be over (with a favourable result, of course).

Whether this was due to recent performances (particularly the Palace come back that was very reminiscent of 'old' United and obviously getting one over a very good Liverpool side), or perhaps the occasion of the game, I can't say. On the latter, though, I don't recall getting quite that feeling vs Bayern under Moyes, but probably because I was sure we were going to lose.

This was encapsulated, weirdly, after the game had already been lost. Seville got the second, a few people already began streaming out, despite 15 mins or so left on the clock.

Lukaku scored and, although we had about 7 mins to score another two (and were playing awfully), when he came up to the stand swinging his arms to raise the crowd, I loved it - I loved him! We listened to him, we believed him. Maybe it was because he showed that he cared in a team that looked deject; like they weren't bothered. Maybe it's because we're fools and always hang onto hope, but, in that moment, Lukaku has cemented himself as a bit of alright in my books. Yes, he frustrates and isn't brilliantly talented with the ball, but he has passion and plays with his heart, which I can't ever fault. In that moment, he became a true United player in my eyes.

2. Where the **** are the rest of the "true" United players? Can it be the players? Is it possible, after countless millions and excuses on behalf of the manager, that we can still blame them?

To me, they either looked absolutely shattered from the offset (which is impossible, because we don't play a high intensity/pressing game), or simply devoid of ideas, of passion, of drive.

We are talking about athletes. Many of whom (Rashford, Lingard, Smalling, Young) very clearly love the club. Whether they're good enough or not (in Smalling's case) is another matter, but they always give their all. Even these players looked devoid of ideas. A few times Jesse had to come so deep simply to thread a few passes together; Rashford looked as though he had to take on an entire Seville side to make an impact - and he was right, because there was no support.

The players wouldn't get out once De Gea collected from crosses - quite possibly the FIRST thing your Sunday League coach teaches you at age four. They'd send a ball out wide and then not bust a gut to get the return. How is that? Question their talent, but these are the basics.

The old adage "I would have played better" almost rings true because at least I can run! At least I hate losing enough to do everything I can to avoid it. I hate losing, can't stand it. If I lose to someone better than me, I hold my hand up; if I lost like that I'd want to cry. CR7 got criticised for crying once after losing, but, to me, I absolutely admired it. You need that to be a competitor. Not a cheat, or a sore loser, but to hate it and to try to your heart's content to avoid it.

I can't understand and I can't excuse it. Comparatively, we're in our best position since SAF retired, so why do I feel at my most upset? Is it because I've fallen from a greater height due to expectation/position, or is it simply because a lot of fans' worst fear have been realised in that, when push comes to shove, the brand (or therein lack of) of football that Jose has brought to United and insists on making some brilliant, attacking footballers play has strangled the life from a club that is supposed to be built on expression and freedom of self.

It's almost kind of nice that I'm gutted; it means I still care. Whether or not I can say the same for Mourinho, I'm unsure.

posted on 14/3/18

They were the better side in both games but, particularly last night, they didn't have to be good to be better.

As a group of players, we are streets ahead of them, as a team, alongside management and tactics, that didn't show. Agree that last night, they should have made the scoreline embarrassing.

posted on 14/3/18

The minute or so before the first goal yesterday summed it all up for me.

Bailly, Smalling and Young were simply passing between themselves with no movement ahead of them- the whole team, from back to front, clueless as to how to start an attack now that the afro had gone off. The crowd at that point started booing (very telling that, it's the only time I've heard it since those times LVG was drawing every game 0-0) and we were rushed into a mistake.

Mourinho just doesn't get it. He never will. Had we somehow scraped a 1-0 win yesterday he would have been perfectly happy with that cowardly performance. If there was anything to convince me he is not a United manager, it was that pathetic display along with his post-match comments.

posted on 14/3/18

comment by -bloodred- (U1222)
posted 5 minutes ago

The minute or so before the first goal yesterday summed it all up for me.

Bailly, Smalling and Young were simply passing between themselves with no movement ahead of them- the whole team, from back to front, clueless as to how to start an attack now that the afro had gone off. The crowd at that point started booing (very telling that, it's the only time I've heard it since those times LVG was drawing every game 0-0) and we were rushed into a mistake.

Mourinho just doesn't get it. He never will. Had we somehow scraped a 1-0 win yesterday he would have been perfectly happy with that cowardly performance. If there was anything to convince me he is not a United manager, it was that pathetic display along with his post-match comments.
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I have had this on several occasions. Jose simply doesn't get the club or fans, despite what he has said in the past. I'd really like him to leave in the summer, yet we have handed him a new contract. What a strange decision that was in the middle of the season.

posted on 14/3/18

I imagine the feeling was one of being relentlessy pounded up the schiter.

posted on 14/3/18

Went to the game last night and two things struck me:
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I'm sure one was a prawn sandwich but what was the other?

comment by RB&W (U21434)

posted on 14/3/18

Jose seriously believes he is bigger that the club.

He has never identified with the club and the fans. That's why they wont sing for him. His comments after the game were disgraceful. Disrespectful and damaging to the reputation of the club. A club that lines his filthy pockets.

I left the ground right after they scored first after spending the entire game up to then screaming in disbelief at him as to what was unfolding and was almost certainly on the cards. Its easy to say that he doesnt realise the consequences and danger of his game plan and maybe doesn't understand the game as much as he thinks, but he does. And doesn't really care to be honest.

Occasionally I would just like to see him wear a club tie and badge on the touchline instead of his mancky donkey jacket and show a little respect to United...it might rub off on his players a little. Maybe.

Ive had two seats at OT this week for what will be 3 games in 7 days. It costs a lot. We deserve better than this.

Never liked him and never wanted him in the first place.. Hes got to go

posted on 14/3/18

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posted on 14/3/18

comment by I'll be The Judge of that! (U21434)
posted 28 minutes ago

I left the ground right after they scored first

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What kind of fan are you!!! Disgraceful.

comment by RB&W (U21434)

posted on 14/3/18

a tired one moment

comment by RB&W (U21434)

posted on 14/3/18

but ill be back on Saturday Evening when the rest of you will be watching The Voice

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