Man Utd 3 – 1 Villa; Not sure what to think

While my immediate reaction of any defeat is always disappointment, I really don’t know what to think about this one.

As we all expected, Utd came out and pressured us from the off. But I can’t help thinking that we caused our own problems, in allowing them to push us back so far, which made it seem to me that they more often than not had two men pressing our one player.

Perhaps that’s just the sign of a good team though and the first half can be pretty well summed up in saying that they had us under the cosh.

Still, there were a couple of positives, in that we had chances to counter. The problem was though that the required quality through balls weren’t there today.

The other plus is that I got the impression that the players are beginning to understand where their team-mates are likely to be. It was just little things, like flicks from Benteke, some of which worked and some didn’t, but it was encouraging, in that you can see that we might actually have some sort of plan in the way we play.

Even so, with a few minutes to half time, I was thinking that if we could hold it at 0-0, we’d have come out of it very well.

Until Herrera scored.

And Utd went in at half time with an easily deserved lead.

I don’t remember De Gea touching the ball; the whole of our midfield had looked over-run, the attack were getting no service and the defence was battered. But it was still only 1-0. Not a desperate scoreline, by any means.

A quick comment on Rooney’s penalty call and having seen it a few times now, I don’t believe it was at all.

Yes, Clark probably had his arm on Rooney’s neck, but I’m always sceptical when the attacker is looking around to the ref before he’s dropped a couple of feet. Shocking and even cheating, in my opinion. More importantly, it wasn’t given and rightly so.


We looked better in the opening of the second half, but to be honest, I suspect it was more down to Utd taking it easier.And then Rooney scored with a nice touch and volley that was always going to be difficult to stop.He should never have been given the space, but hey ho.

Cole hit the corner for Benteke to put the ball past De Gea, who was awful in his attempt at saving and at 2-1, I still felt we might have a chance of a point.

Then Utd got the third and that was it, all over.

Man of the match for us?  Clark, by a mile.


Summing up, I thought we were poor today. But as much as I really don’t think Utd are that good, they aren’t where they are in the league because they’re rubbish.

And with our record against them, today’s result was no disgrace. And probably somewhat expected, judging by the poll in the preview. Hence I’m not too downheartened.


On to a more important game then against QPR, who tonked Albion 4-1 today.

After having had a conversation a couple of days ago with a Baggies fan who predicted that QPR would beat Albion and Villa, I’m now a bit worried.





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  1. saddened
    saddened April 6, 2015 at 6:29 am . Reply

    We have relied on a minimum of 3 teams being worse than us for the last few seasons, which is a very dangerous game…Teams below us are now showing a bit of fight, and we are again playing some dire football.
    We have to beat qpr or we will be down, i think !

    GIDDYVILLAN April 6, 2015 at 8:33 am . Reply

    It ain’t over yet there’s still more twists & turns ahead,yes a SHITE weekend for results.huge game tomoz must win full stop,I’m keeping the faith if some of you have thrown the towel in already that’s your choice I’m holding on & will do til the bitter end.UTV VTID

  3. Andrew
    Andrew April 6, 2015 at 8:34 pm . Reply

    Not sure why people keep claiming the QPR game is so much more important now. My hope is due to their result over West Bromich, but people need to realize the teams below us will get points still, but my guess is due to losing to United, despite most expecting us too, which baffles me greatly. QPR game is no bigger than it was, because it was always one of our biggest games, probably on par with Burnley as the biggest game no matter what they did. We still have 6 games we can get points from, QPR, Spurs, Everton, West Ham, Southampton and Burnley. Maybe City as they’ve been a disaster against “smaller” clubs, too bad we weren’t at home against them as they suck away.

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