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Riverdancing around the living-room: United 4 City 3

Posted by hakanrylander on September 20, 2009

This was electrifying! A wonderful game of football completed by a calm Michael Owen finish after 96 minutes. For me the turning point came during the break when someone in the United dressing-room came up with the brilliant idea to use the wings. In the first half I hardly noticed Ryan Giggs, in the second he was the best player on the pitch. And this was not because Giggs suddenly improved, but because the team started feeding the ball to him. The attacking threath down the wings was intensified further with the introduction of Valencia.

Apart from Giggs, the obvious MotM was Darren Fletcher who continues his remarkable transformation from squad-player to world-class midfielder.

Even though I’m riverdancing as I write this, I feel obliged to point out a couple of negatives. The most important is the difference in the way the two teams reacted to the other scoring. When United scored (except obviously for Owen’s strike) City raised their game and went in search of an equaliser, but when City scored their first goal United lost their rythm completely and were second best for the remainder of the first half. Secondly, and unfortunately, I was again unconvinced by the performance of Ben Foster. He gifted City their first goal and could have done better for their third.

And finally. Yes, I agree with all the City-fans who find it hard to understand how the ref could add more than 6 minutes.

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4 Responses to “Riverdancing around the living-room: United 4 City 3”

  1. Martin S. said

    Absolutely sensational stuff! All emotions in this game, and the best emotion at last – what a pass, what a finish! Got to love those lads. And Giggs – easily man of the match – that 2nd half performance was one of the best I’ve seen in a while. City was absolutely battered and we should have had at least 3 more goals if it wouldn’t have been for Given!

    Amazing.

  2. Martin S. said

    And by the way, those 6 minutes came from:

    – City’s celebration after their 3-3 goal
    – Michael Carrick substitution
    – A United corner which took forever
    – Given being a twat holding up play

  3. The Gaffer said

    I noticed a similarity in the title to one of your previous posts! Brilliant game, just a spectacle to watch but I thought we were lucky to get some extra time. Defence is also a concern.

  4. hakanrylander said

    Cheers, Martin, and thanks for your comments. I’m as excited as you are!
    About the added time: I didn’t record the game so I haven’t been able to go back and check the video. You might be right that 2-3 minutes were indeed wasted in this way. Even so I understand Hughes’ reaction. During the first 45 minutes of the second half the ref thought four minutes should be addded based on three goal celebrations, three substitutions and some time wasting by City prior to United’s third goal (I don’t remember if there were any injuries). I don’t think this is consistent with adding three minutes for what happened during added time. Neither do I find it consistent with the way the rules on added time are generally interpreted in the PL. In an average second half you will have 2,3 maybe 4 minutes added based on a number of goal celebrations, substitutions, injuries and time wasting. Normally these would give reason for a lot more added time if interpreted the way Martin Atkinson did the last few minutes yesterday. Let’s put it this way, if I was a City-fan I would be disappointed.

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