Sunday’s game against Liverpool wasn’t the usual grudge match. We’ve got a fierce rivalry on and off the pitch and there’s usually no love lost between us at all, but the events of the recent weeks regarding the Hillsborough disaster have calmed those flames a little and we managed a pretty civilised, respectful and sombre opening to the day. It’s only right as far as I’m concerned – life, and the lives of the 96 who died at Hillsborough, goes far beyond football.
Once the game got underway the teams seemed to slip easily back into competition-mode and it ended up being quite a contentious game, with the questionable sending off of Liverpool player Shelvey and a late penalty that allowed Van Persie to nick it for us 2-1. Liverpool have been moaning that their player shouldn’t have been sent off – or one of ours should have been as well – and that Valencia dived for the penalty. He might have done to be fair but what are you going to do? Moaning isn’t going to change it.
We’ve got three games over the next seven days, starting with Newcastle in the League Cup, then Tottenham in the Premier League and finally a Champions League game against the oddly named CFR Cluj-Napoca, from Romania. I quite fancy going to see a couple of Champions League games this season, to see if I can bring Man United some luck, but I won’t be going to that one – it’s away and I don’t fancy travelling to Romania on a Tuesday night.
An average week in the studio this week and a bit of car shopping at the weekend, which should be fun. I don’t imagine I’ll buy anything though, as usual.