Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Jekyll & Hyde United do it again......

So then United will face Boro in the FA cup quarter final at the Riverside next month, and Fergie will be hoping that the Reds wont need another replay as we did against Reading last night in what was a thrilling game at times. From Fergie's perspective we flew out of the blocks and raced into a deserved 3-0 lead after only six minutes.

John Motson, longstanding BBC commentator and he of the sheepskin coat said "I've never see anything like it", and after King Ole had notched the third goal quite beautifully "Stevel Coppell is on the phone, he must be changing the system!", to which match summariser Mark Lawrensen said "no he's calling a cab". Before the game had kicked off 'Lawro' had said "Reading will never get a better chance of beating United", that bold statement was in tatters after the Reds opening salvo.

To be fair to Reading, they came back at United and made a real fight of it, this was largely due to United playing like only they can, what other team can score three goals in six minutes and then go on to nearly throw it away?

For long time followers of United, this is how it seems to have been forever, no matter which era you care to mention, it seems we've always been the same, often beautiful to watch when attacking teams then leaving fans on the edge of their seats as we display our Jekyll & Hyde like characteristics going from good to bad. It was ever thus.

One other thing which doesn't seem to change is United fans giving stick to Alan Shearer, during those lulls in the action and post match, you could hear the 4,000 travelling Red Army giving the former Newcastle man some serious stick, the BBC commentary team seemed quite amused by it, Ian Wright, former Arsenal star, and Gabby Yorath in particular were having a good laugh though.

All in all it was an entertaining game, sack FA Cup replays? I don't think so.

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