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Erm. Big weekend ahead?
soton vs reading should be alright tonight.
Seems like people at Arsenal rate him quite highly and he did well at Huddersfield last year, but he's had a few injuries and seems like the next couple of years might decide whether he makes it or turns into another Jay Simpson.
from the sounds of it he's only made one appearance and i didn't see it
Amazing. My new team. Whatever they're called.
Drogba's meant to be going there in the summer isn't he? Pretty certain he'll be shoved out on the left with Anelka picking himself in the middle just to prove Guus and Carlo wrong
(Malouda was on the left). In fact, he never once moaned at Chelsea. He was a real model professional there, and certainly did a better job out of position than many other Chelsea players have done in the same circumstance.
I expect Drogba will go wherever pays the most, and that might well be Shanghai Shenua.
makes me feel so old, and I'm 22.
Not player-head coach :'(
anelka spent seventy minutes playing dm incredibly badly. it was one of the worst displays ive ever seen and i support leeds..
atmosphere was awesome tho
Chelsea - Man Utd in the FA Youth Cup tonight. Anyone who wants to go (unlikely), let me know. Hadn't realised it was a Friday when I bought tickets.
our best youngsters have been in america. we'll get trounced. TROUNCED.
Perhaps someone should have told Steve Kean...
Might have a spare ticket in the Utd end
I believe I need to get some kind of tram type thing from Snow Hill right?
Also my two non London away games this season have both fallen when I've been pretty broke. Which doesn't bode well as I booked my train ticket well early so had to mitigate for Sky so I've a lot of spare time in Birmingham
don't go to birmingham.
It's a simple two stop train from Birmingham Snow Hill, which is a ten minute walk from New Street. My advice would be to get the tram back to the city though; there was an hour queue for the train, but just before you reach the station there's a path leading to the trams, which only about four people use, so you save a lot of time.
We spent the day in the Square Peg, a pretty inoffensive Wetherspoons between New Street and Snow Hill, which was filled with away fans and much cheaper/leisurely than drinking near the ground.
They are just as frequent as the trams (every ten minutes) and much quicker as well.
It was much easier to spend an extra two quid and leap on a tram that took ten minutes to get back rather than wait fifty minutes to get a train that took five.
Kind of backs up what I was saying the other day about our season.
But I'd much rather not dominate games and be guaranteed a couple of goals from a few chances than play lovely, lovely football and create a billion chances but have Agbonlahor trying to put them away.
more than anything, and we all know that that can evaporate in an instant. Fair play to Pardew for keeping confidence up thus far though, let's hope it continues.
and also possibly Louis Van Gaal, to replace Comolli (and then Dalglish in 6 months time probably)
Mainly from hysterical Gooners, crying for his return as if he actually picked Wenger's teams and conveniantly forgetting that he wanted us to move to Wembley permanantly, bought in Kroenke and sold all his shares to Usmanov.
He'd almost certainly do a better job of negotiating deals than Comolli did, but that's really about it. Don't se him as a DoF.
for obvious reasons. Van Gaal seems the more likely candidate. Txiki Begiristain (former director of football at Barcelona) is in the running as well.
I have a bad feeling about it: we got away with one against Reading earlier in the season, we've looked vulnerable to pressure from quicker teams in recent weeks and obviously they're in great form.
I'll be gutted if we lose... but on the other hand I think I'd trade it for a certainty of finishing second.
best home team against second best away team. it's so close
Barnet v Hereford tonight.
although if Macclesfield's form picks up and they beat us next saturday then i might come to regret that
No chance of that, we're doomed. Not won in the last 21 games. A new manager and Football Manager style raid of local youth team players available for loan hasn't turned it around. Plus, 16 losses away from home.
ANOTHER friday night game. madness.
It's going to be another last day of the season classic, isn't it?
Right up in the gods, but can't complain for £38! I'd like Liverpool in the final if we win (Spurs), but if we can't get past Chelsea, I'd love Everton to win it instead.
We won't take maximum points from Norwich away and Wolves away, and United absolutely will take maximum points from Villa u21s and Everton's second string at home, but...BUT...if the unlikely was to happen and we somehow ended the season scraping over the line, would they have "cracked" and/or "bottled it" like we have, or are those cliches only reserved for clubs who aren't Manchester United?
after the losses against blackburn and newcastle, so i'm going to say yes.
I think you could say a team cracked or bottled it when it was in their hands for the majority of the season and then they lost it ... Like, United eventually losing out to Chelsea few years back wasn't bottling it as far as I was concerned, because although they took the lead in March, Chelsea had been top after something like 34 of the 38 league games.
Just my understanding of it, anyway.
United have clear of City for 10 weeks in total.
Level on points for 5 weeks.
Wouldn't blowing an 8-point lead in 3-5 weeks at the business end of the season, be worse than blowing a 5-point lead over half a season? Genuine guestion.
* again, i think it's virtually impossible this could happen. United just don't blow titles that are already in the bag.
The idea that a team who leads for most of the season and then doesn't win the season 'bottled it'? Seems like you've just said City didn't lead for most of the season so can't have bottled it, which seems fair enough.
As for your question, guess it depends who you blow the lead against.
We can't and won't.
*If* we did, i'd go on a three-month long pub crawl.
Just wanted to clarify it, though, as the "mind games working", "cracking", "bottling" stuff only seems to get peddled when United's opposition drop points.
^ You're having a mental breakdown over unlikely, hypothetical situations, bro.
it doesn't only happen with teams battling with United. there were a lot of articles in Mourinho's peak saying he was the man who had finally won the battle of the mind games over Fergie, and there were articles about United bottling the league when we lost two games over christmas.
He's a strange fish.
when we won the Cup last season i had a brief "that's it for me now" thought.
typical City pessimism, innit - "it can only go downhill from here", we've never known it any different.
If City roll United over in the debry and United go on to lose the league with a whimper there will definitely be a sleugh of didn't have the mettle/Roberto won the mind games articles.
as soon as some idiot player from a certain club pipes up with "we're bang in form" or "we're better than <x>" i immediately fancy the opposition.
Given that, i'm absolutely positive that Chelsea and Liverpool will win the Cup semis.
I hope i'm wrong. In terms of potential entertainment value, i think there's more chance of a Spurs v Liverpool final not being a complete borefest, and if it is Chelsea v Liverpool, you might as well give the Mousers the trophy now. I'd be fine with that, tbh, i think i'd rather they won it than any of the other three.
i like everton much more than liverpool, but an FA cup final of 11 men behind the ball is not a thing to look forward to.
it's no more than Kenny deserves
G'WAN THE KING!
Obvs I'm at the glamour tie at the Hawthorns so it was a flat no
Is he manager or not?
the kid lives in a fantasy world.
must be all the Anabol he's putting away to gain the perfect abs.
Surely one of the least likely managers ever.
saying he's NOT manager. This is all getting a bit much for me.
The Mandarin word for manager is remarkably similar to their word for overpaid sulky Frenchman.
I hope he's still good when he comes back, trying to think of comparable long-term 'yoof' injuries.
But I see your point, talent is a fragile thing, kind of like a 10 point lead...
he's not really going to make much of an impact on our season at this stage anyway
and if he misses the euros there's always the shitting olympics.
If he's not good again when he's fit i'll cry
He looks like he's been varnished
Best I've seen us play in months, some lovely football on display, dominated possession and chances. And somehow we managed to lose 3-1.
Look forward to losing to Blackpool at Wembley.
always liked ALF, seems like a nice guy and stayed at Rothers way longer than he needed to. hope he does a Grant Holt next year
Just a shame they have an easy run in compared to an out of form West Ham and are as good as up already.
I'd imagine not very well.
no other result was going to happen. livid
Cockney Mancs aiming vaguely homophobic abuse at small children ... Pretty lol.
Quite like the idea of both Reading and Southampton coming up, hope results see that confirmed ASAP.
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