Nice to see United back to confident winning ways at the weekend – 3-0 to Bolton is just what we needed, let’s hope it stays that way in the Premier League from now on! The press seem to be getting obsessed with the ‘red card gesture’ at the moment – after the incident with Wayne Rooney against City, where Mancini accused Rooney of asking the ref for a red card for Kompany’s tackle, Mancini has now been accused of doing the exact same thing in their game against Wigan. It all seems a bit ridiculous to me really – the players can say or do what they want (within reason and the rules of the game, of course) as the decision should be the referees alone. I know it’s difficult in the heat of the moment but that’s their job, isn’t it? They basically get paid to make pressure decisions!
I suppose there will always be arguments about it though – especially when the referees’ decisions go against you. In my days of (very) amateur football, when I was younger, our manager always used to say to us: “The referee is always right, even when he’s wrong.” Maybe someone needs to tell Rooney and Mancini this – although I’m not sure it’d go down too well! Anyway, looking forward to continuing a good run at Arsenal this weekend, then it’s on to a more pressured game, away to Liverpool in the FA Cup the weekend after that. Looking forward to it, if a little nervous.
I won’t be going to Arsenal this weekend, mainly because I can’t be bothered to go all that way when I could just watch it at home with the lads (which is what I will do). It also means I can enjoy myself on Saturday night without having to spend loads of money in London or worry about rushing around on Sunday – I love all the bars and restaurants Manchester has to offer, there’s no need to go anywhere else really!