Well, what can you say about that?
Not much, apart from the usual reason, in that we defended atrociously yet again.
Which is a shame really, because I thought we mostly held our own against what is a very average Man Utd side and although the result is there in black and white, I don’t really think it was a 4-1 type of game (if you know what I mean).
Benteke could easily have had a hat-trick and his air kick that should have been a certainty, will probably haunt him for years. That part didn’t particularly worry me though. He continually gets in the right positions and leaps like the proverbial salmon. Did you see how high he got above Vidic for that header?
No, given his age, I think he’s going to be absolutely outstanding in time and his not scoring is only a temporary thing.
Of course, we wonder where he will be when he hits top form, but that’s something that’s been much discussed and an issue I won’t pursue.
Although it was nice and warm today, I was wondering if it was about 35 degrees C at Old Trafford, as the players seemed somewhat lethargic.
Indeed the first half lacked any pace or movement on both sides, something that Villa really ought to be using to their advantage, given the youthful average age of the team.
Both sides came out looking sharper in the second half and indeed Villa looked the better side in the first 10 minutes or so until some more atrocious defending let us down yet again.
I’m not going to harp on about it, as to be honest it’s just getting boring.
I don’t know what the answer to it is either, £50 million apart.
It just sickens me that we’ve always had a good defence on the whole over the time I’ve been supporting the Villa and this lot just don’t match up.
I was speaking to a Wolves fan today and he asked me what Lambert’s remit was at the Villa.
“Is it to get rid of the over-expensive deadwood, get in a load of cheap kids and just survive in the Prem?” he asked.
“It certainly seems like it, doesn’t it?” I replied.
“That’s not good enough for a club like the Villa. Lerner needs to go”
The words rung in my ears.
This is coming from a neutral and is exactly what many Villa fans seem to be thinking.
Man Utd were there for the taking today, but we just weren’t good enough. Again.
How we’re mid table, God only knows.