Match report: Spurs 0 United 3 (what a load of…!)
[This was written before Nuno and his staff were stacked]
A team that was humiliated by Liverpool last week, and on their own turf, when they were thrashed 5-0, comes to our ground and does the same to us; humiliate. What a load of rubbish. United were poor, we were even more flawed. In fact, we were shit (excuse my french).
I said in my previous article that this match could go either way; we would either win by 4-0 or lose by that amount… it was United who had the laugh (at our expense). Now fans are shouting for Nuno’s head… why? Who would we get? Previously we had three months of trying to build a list of possibles, and then everybody on that list turned us down until we got to Nuno. Nuno isn’t the problem, Daniel Levy is. We’ve had twenty years of his failures. All the top managers (Conte, Rogers, Harry Potter etc.) all turned us down… why? They didn’t want to be sacked within six months because Levy wouldn’t invest in the team, and therefore would fail.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said his team had bounced back from “a difficult week”. Ole was lucky his next game was against Levy’s League of jokers and not a team that could have helped bury him. Ronaldo was the inspiration behind a poor (but not poor against us) United display, which provided the perfect get out of jail card response to last week’s 5-0 thrashing by Liverpool at Old Trafford that raised questions over how long Ole would last. Because of our failures, we probably have extended his tenure by a couple of games. But let us have no doubt, Ole is walking up the gangplank to his executioner. And Levy and Lewis should join him.
Marcus Rashford wrapped things up four minutes from time as our fans erupted in fury against Nuno and the hapless Daniel Levy, with chants of “we want Levy out” echoing around the stadium.
If I said we were mediocre, you’d be thinking… we weren’t even that good. As for Kane – who should have been sold – he was barely in the game. Then when Moura was subed, our fans turned on Nuno when he replaced Lucas Moura with Steven Bergwijn in the second half. Ronaldo and Cavani got the other two goals for United.
We are not even in the same class as Liverpool, City, Chelsea, and now we might as well add the Gunners to that list. And indeed, clubs like the Spammers, United, Leicester and even Brighton are better than us. And God help us when we fave Vitesse and Everton this week. I can even sense more embarrassment coming along.
We failed to have a shot on target, with even Kane feeling the frustration of the home fans when a cross went astray.
Nuno’s standing, way down the wanted list of managers when we moved to replace sacked Mourinho, always meant he needed a rocket up his arse if he was going to achieve anything. Still, his unfruitful style of football and how the team barely laid a hand on United sparked an angry reaction. United would have been fragile after the way they were dismantled by Liverpool, but we were so guarded, sitting back and playing a waiting game that allowed our opponents to grow into the game and take control.
Kane is a reduced player since a proposed move to Manchester City fell through in the summer. It was Son who carried most of the energy and threat on a thoroughly miserable night for us.
As for the day; before, during and afterwards
Mel usually drives, this time around, I drove. He parked his car at my place at 11.30ish and I drove to the M4 (encountered junction 8 – I think – closed), so I had to make a detour. Usually, the trip would typically be 1 hour 40 minutes, but this time around, it took 3 hours, road works everywhere). Luckily I always leave early. I also like to get to the ground before the doors open (2.30pm, 1hours before). I arrived at 2.40. Mell is a season ticket holder and wanted to try out the premium section, so he was with me this time. We both went to fetch our programmes and met Hannah (the young lady who looks after us). I introduced her to Mel (he was thinking about becoming a Premium), and she said she would come and see us after the game (lovely lady). We then made our way to our usual place.
Got a drink and something to eat and waited for the others to turn up. Mel knew the others as he had met them at away games, plus he is on our WhatsApp group. Then to the game. At halftime, we all met up, got our favourite tipple (all free at halftime), and then returned to our self-serving punishment. After the game, we made our way to the second floor, a more relaxing environment to chat, dissect, get angry, laugh, drink (not me, as I was driving) and then Hannah came. We went with her to see what seats were available (she did her sales pitch, and very well she did it) and then back to where the others were.
I think we left about 9.30 and home, Mel picked up his car and no doubt mulled over what he had seen and whether he wished to take up a place in the Premium area or not. To be honest, he is old, as I am (well, older), and us old folks need a bit of luxury in our dotty years.
So that is that. I can’t see anything changing any day soon. I see more disasters for us on the horizon. Vitesse is a disaster waiting to happen (I hope not), and as for Everton… I cover my eyes. As I said, it doesn’t matter who you get in as manager; our problem is Levy and Lewis and their failure to invest in the team. They invest in the stadium, as that is where the money is to make them even richer… but in the team.
Next up… probably more of the same…
Stay safe, Glenn
My name is Glenn Renshaw.
I am currently a Premium Season Ticket holder (West Stand) in the new stadium. Before that – at White Hart Lane – a season ticket holder in various parts of the ground (mainly in the North stand).
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