It was almost incomprehensible that this game would pass by without a sharp intake of breath at a controversial decision or two – little did we know we’d be left gasping for air.
The game has been overshadowed entirely by the refereeing decisions and alleged comments by Mark Clattenburg, but I’d just like to acknowledge what was a thoroughly pulsating and enjoyable game to watch (of course much of which was brought about by some of the decisions later in the game, but nonetheless it was a joy).
I’m not one to speculate: the other officials, who were in radio contact with Clattenburg will surely know the truth, so hopefully we will too, shortly. As for the refereeing calls made on the day: Chicha was offside, but there’s no way on this earth you could call that in the split second it happened; Torres was caught – I think, just – however there’s no way you can say he wasn’t guilty of “simulation”, as from lying prostrate on the ground in excruciating pain, within seconds, he was walking from the pitch. Ashley Young is very good at winning free-kicks and getting players sent off and he more than played his part in the Ivanovic sending off, but it was definitely a red card.
Oh, look, I appear to have sided with all the decisions that were in United’s favour – what a surprise.
To the game…
Our defence is still in need of a big band-aid, but as I said before the game, this was an opportunity to establish where we really were in comparison to other teams, and if our defence is in trouble, then Chelsea’s might need to be turned into glue. We’re not that bad after all, so there! Couldn’t decide whether De Gea’s saves with his feet were inspirational or terrifying; I’ll go with inspirifying.
Not sure how to really assess how our midfield compared, at times we were outnumbered, but I didn’t feel quite as panicked as I have been. T-ClevZ is nothing if not busy and Carrick is Carrick, so I was fairly happy-ish. Although, it’s easy to say that, when you’re two goals to the good so early on.
I loved Van Persie’s shots with his “swinger” for his goal and a half. Always nice to see that even professional footballers sometimes have to kick the ball with all the natural instinct of an obsolete robot when using their weaker foot. Our strikers are all looking ace.
I’m happy – so that’ll do.
MOTM: TV – just because.
“A smiling face always looks more beautiful”