Date: 3rd November 2009 at 10:48pm
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Apparently, Sir Alex is pleased with the intensity of United’s football tonight. Well, it seems then it’s unlikely that we’ll ever cease to be so pedestrian. Of course he hasn’t had the time to analyse the game yet as he has been asked right after the final whistle and obviously he focused on the incredibly pompous referee who failed to award an obvious, stonewall penalty when Fletcher was clipped in the box.

‘I can’t believe it. I can’t believe the decision. It’s one of the worst I’ve seen in my lifetime.’

‘Their goalkeeper made some fantastic saves. I thought the intensity of our play, and particularly in the last 25 minutes, was terrific.’


Last 25? Fifteen, with extra time taken into account. Before that, it was actually the intensity which was lamentable: we were pedestrian, lacked urgency and seemed too lazy to hassle the opposition, to force them to make mistakes. Is it tactics or is the team’s concentration or stamina not up to the job? Either way it’s bad news and tonight cannot be dismissed as a hiccup as it’s a recurring problem – it was already present last season.