‘Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Robbbbbbbbbin Van Perrrrrrrrrrssssssssssie’ rang out on numerous occasions from joyous Manchester United fans after he rescued a point against Chelsea with a leveller deep deep deep into injury time. They huffed and puffed and eventually managed to blow down the Londoners house after they gave away another soft goal to fall behind. But as one of those fans in the stadium, at the back of my mind I knew my team had somehow got out of jail despite being second best for long periods of the game and were aided by the fact that Mourinho decided to park the bus very soon after their goal, when the reds of Manchester were potentially there for the taking. Chelsea at the moment are everything Manchester United aren’t or at least they are striving to be – strong, tactically intelligent, clinical, pacey and most importantly professional in all aspects of their play whether it be cynical challenges-taking one for the team, making sure their defence is a ‘you shalt not pass’ situation or producing a moment of magic to breach an oppositions backline. Manchester United lie 8th in the table with 13 points from their first 9 games and despite only being three points off the top four that is a pretty poor return really bearing in mind they spent over 150 million pounds in the summer and have had a much more straightforward start (in regards to teams faced) than previous manager David Moyes had to contend with. If you actually look at the comparable games so far to last season United have picked up 9 points compared to 10 under the Scot. Manager Louis Van Gaal says there has been improvement as the season has gone on, especially in regards of their fighting spirit, however this will always be undermined by their weak defence and malfunctioning midfield which is too easily bypassed in my opinion. To be fair to the Dutchman, he is fully aware of the problems at the club (there are a few off the pitch too in my opinion, which are not helping the football side of the business) and knows talking a good game is not acceptable and this will need to be translated to on the pitch as if the former champions do not finish at least 4th this season then it is a complete failure. Next up is a trip across town to face their local rivals Manchester City, who themselves are smarting from a defeat in their last league match against West Ham. It will not get any easier for the 20 times champions and a last minute equalizer against arguably the best team in the country only masks the problems that they are currently having to deal with. A defeat at the Etihad Stadium next Sunday will put them back to square one YET AGAIN – especially as it would mean four losses in a row against the blues of Manchester!!!!!!! ps just a quick question to United’s erstwhile Chief Executive (or is it Executive Vice-Chairman :-s) the lesser spotted Ed Woodward – why have you not got David de Gea signed up to a new contract yet – a bit of advice – GET ON WITH IT EDDIE!!!!!!!
Well well well Andy Murray – I doff my cap to you – after an in and out 2014 season, in the last five weeks he has won 18 matches and claimed three titles (Shenzen Open, Erste Bank Open and Valencia 500) to move up to fifth in the rankings for the ATP Tour Finals bonanza in London (ninth is the cut off). Tommy Robredo was the victim,for the second time in a few weeks, at the Valencia 500 in an extraordinary match (lasting over three hours), where the Scot saved numerous match points to win 3-6, 7-6, 7-6. He has now played every week since late September in his bid to make it to the end of season jamboree and despite being in a much healthier position to qualify he will take his tired body to the final qualifying event in Paris this week. He does have a tough draw and despite the fact it would take a lot of unusual results for him to fall out of the top nine places, he knows that he cannot take anything for granted and will now rest up until his first match later on this week (likely tomorrow Wednesday 29th October). Hopefully his place in the finals, on home turf, will be confirmed sooner rather than later. Well done Muzza I say – a great end to the season anyways with his three titles (showing proper fighting spirit) and potentially a fantastic one awaits with an opportunity of a first ATP Tour Final title win – lets hope so – qualification the first prerequisite or he will see it as a bit of a failure, especially taking into account his efforts over the last month and a half.
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