Me and my mates stayed away from the Manchester derby game at the weekend, as usual, preferring to watch it in the comfort of my TV room with some cold beers and no angry City fans shouting at us and throwing things around. Purely from a football point of view, it was a cracking game – 2-0 at half time, then 2-2 with just minutes to go and ending with an injury-time goal to make it 3-2 is going to be a good game of football whoever’s playing. The fact it was United v City, and United won, made it all the better – especially for us United fans.
That win (and City’s lack of points) takes us six points clear at the top of the Premier League, which is a great place to be mid-December. If we can take the winning run through for the next couple of games we’ll have really stamped our authority on the title and you’d have to say it would be ours to lose from there. Although, as we know from last year, anything can happen.
Sadly the talking point after Sunday’s derby game wasn’t the football but the injury Rio Ferdinand sustained from a coin thrown at him by a City fan. It hit him just above the eye, making him bleed quite a lot, but the most worrying thing for me was the fan who got on the pitch immediately after and had to be stopped by Joe Hart from confronting Ferdinand. How did security not stop him? Perhaps more to the point, what makes people act like this in the first place? I’ve said it before and will no doubt say it again, but it’s only football. It amazes me that people take it so seriously.
Anyway, on a more positive note our 3-2 win over City marks a landmark occasion – I actually got a prediction right! If I get the other two from my previous blog correct as well… well, I don’t know what. I guess I’ll just be kicking myself that I didn’t put any money on all three.