Saturday, April 25, 2009

Football. Bloody hell.

Another topsy-turvy day in the English Premier League.

After watching Liverpool set themselves on the way to a 3-1 victory at Hull courtesy of a cheating little Argentinian and reclaim top spot on goal difference, it was time to settle down to the real action, Manchester United v Tottenham.

The day seemed to take a turn for the worse when Tottenham went in at half time with a surprising 2-0 lead. I tried cheering myself up by telling my Wife about the game a few years agao at White Hart Lane when Tottenham were 3-0 up at half time and United came out 5-3 winners. I was probably just trying to convince myself it wasn't all over.

United got a fortunate penalty which Ronaldo tucked away to give us a glimmer of hope. I say fortunate because I've seen a lot of similar challenges go unpunished but the Tottenham goalkeeper did make contact with Michael Carrick and a penalty was the right decision.

Wayne Rooney hit the equaliser 10 minutes later, and set Ronaldo up for the third just a minute later and the game was turned on it's head. There was no stopping United now with Rooney getting his second, United's fourth.

Even Dimitar Berbatov got in on the action, forcing in a fifth against his old club.

This certainly made a refreshing change from the scrappy 1-0 wins that have seen United through this far in the season. I think the game was coming where they would find things going their way, even if it was just the second half today.

Hopefully this result will boost their confidence and give them the momentum to see them through to the end of the season. United need three wins from the last five league games to clinch the title for the third year running.

There's also the small matter of the Champions League Semi-final against Arsenal. Teams often get in the habit of winning. Maybe this was the game that reminded United what they are capable of.

It's been a crazy few weeks whatever team you follow, reminding us all why we love this game. In the words of Sir Alex Ferguson: Football. Bloody hell.

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