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Nothing is won in October


by Confidence Musariri
Sports

Things have been moving so fast these days. First we had six in the City, then in Spain, Barca are now scared of scoring one goal (dead ball) in two games, so does that mean there is a change of guard in European football?
No, I beg to differ. Allow me to confuse you a little bit. I know most of us think United is done and gone to the bins.
I hate history as much as I hate the Red Satanists but Man U’s history should make us scared.
In 1996, we beat Manchester United 4-1 and I was still a youngster then, most people thought United were done with. Guess what, Fergusson did his magic and United won that league. We, Tottenham, were somewhere far from glory.
In 1997, Southampton thumped United 6-3, guess who won the league? United. That same season, they even lost 5-0 to Newcastle. In 1999, Chelsea hammed United 5-0, 10 years later, Liverpool beat United 4-1 in both occasions that Fergusson won the league. This year, City scored six; does that mean United is out? No, history actually favours those devils to win the league now. Painful but factual.
But, Man U fans must not jump to a celebration.  Drawing against Liverpool goes against everything you were meant to believe about United.  What has happened to the brand of exciting football that catapulted a big club into a worldwide brand?
Looking at last season’s performances, even the most ignorant of fans can see that we were way below the standards expected of Manchester United as far as performances go; on many occasions having our midfield overrun by supposed lesser teams.
This season in the league, with the exception of the Arsenal game, Man U has looked poor. The fact that they are winning games, is papering over the cracks. Norwich came to Old Trafford and if we’re honest, had enough good chances to at the very least, get a draw.
Good sides slaughter poor sides and no matter which way you look at it, Manchester has been a poor side in Europe.
They no longer force the game onto the opponents anymore and instead, drop to their level.
If football is just about winning, then I’ll lose interest; it has been what has set Manchester United apart from all the other football clubs. Just like Barca, you don’t just win, you win well. Playing for Manchester United is more than just playing football; there should be a clause in every player’s contract that reads, “You are under obligation to entertain” and if they don’t want to sign it, f*ck off to City.
Nonetheless, power has not shifted. Credits to City for winning that match last week but they will have to win the league a couple of times and a European Cup before we can claim to be the totally dominant team in Manchester but for now, they can stand proudly alongside United now and say, “we are coming”.
The only missing link from the last 10 games in England is the question, who needs Tevez? Definitely not City, especially with Sergio Aguero (9 goals), Dzeko (8 goals) and why always Mario (5)? Definitely not United; not even Chelsea with Torres now knowing where the back of the net is; obviously Arsenal, unless if Tevez was French. Maybe Tottenham. Ja, us. Maybe us.
To assume that City has won the league, is the same as saying Newcastle will win a champions’ league slot this season.
Newcastle is now level on points with HYPERLINK “http://thisisfutbol.com/tag/chelsea” \o “Posts tagged with Chelsea”Chelsea and just a point behind the red half of Manchester.
As soon as the final whistle blew yesterday, Sky announced that City were the new favourites for the Premier League title, a similar sentiment was portrayed by Alan Hansen on MOTD claiming it was their title to lose. Apparently Stan Collymore on TalkSport said the same thing… it’s all a load of rubbish. We are in October. United are still superb, their form 10, won 8, drawn 1, lost one, makes them dangerous as always. To claim the title race is over, is farcical; Man U will be there, come May next year.
Only more beers and beautiful women come to you when your team is winning games in October but nothing is really won. By May next year, the girls would have gone already.
Nothing is won in October.
Even in Spain, a miracle happened last week. After eight games in La Liga, Levante were on top of the table, for the first time, in their 102 history. Who is Levante? They sound like a French League name.
This happens in October. So don’t be surprised.  The real men stand tall when the Champions’ League gets into the Last 16 and the League Cups as well as the premierships gather momentum. Those that withstand that pressure are the ones who will make it. Things have been moving so fast these days. First we had six in the City, then in Spain, Barca are now scared of scoring one goal (dead ball) in two games, so does that mean there is a change of guard in European football?
No, I beg to differ. Allow me to confuse you a little bit. I know most of us think United is done and gone to the bins.
I hate history as much as I hate the Red Satanists but Man U’s history should make us scared.
In 1996, we beat Manchester United 4-1 and I was still a youngster then, most people thought United were done with. Guess what, Fergusson did his magic and United won that league. We, Tottenham, were somewhere far from glory.
In 1997, Southampton thumped United 6-3, guess who won the league? United. That same season, they even lost 5-0 to Newcastle. In 1999, Chelsea hammed United 5-0, 10 years later, Liverpool beat United 4-1 in both occasions that Fergusson won the league. This year, City scored six; does that mean United is out? No, history actually favours those devils to win the league now. Painful but factual.
But, Man U fans must not jump to a celebration.  Drawing against Liverpool goes against everything you were meant to believe about United.  What has happened to the brand of exciting football that catapulted a big club into a worldwide brand?
Looking at last season’s performances, even the most ignorant of fans can see that we were way below the standards expected of Manchester United as far as performances go; on many occasions having our midfield overrun by supposed lesser teams.
This season in the league, with the exception of the Arsenal game, Man U has looked poor. The fact that they are winning games, is papering over the cracks. Norwich came to Old Trafford and if we’re honest, had enough good chances to at the very least, get a draw.
Good sides slaughter poor sides and no matter which way you look at it, Manchester has been a poor side in Europe.
They no longer force the game onto the opponents anymore and instead, drop to their level.
If football is just about winning, then I’ll lose interest; it has been what has set Manchester United apart from all the other football clubs. Just like Barca, you don’t just win, you win well. Playing for Manchester United is more than just playing football; there should be a clause in every player’s contract that reads, “You are under obligation to entertain” and if they don’t want to sign it, f*ck off to City.
Nonetheless, power has not shifted. Credits to City for winning that match last week but they will have to win the league a couple of times and a European Cup before we can claim to be the totally dominant team in Manchester but for now, they can stand proudly alongside United now and say, “we are coming”.
The only missing link from the last 10 games in England is the question, who needs Tevez? Definitely not City, especially with Sergio Aguero (9 goals), Dzeko (8 goals) and why always Mario (5)? Definitely not United; not even Chelsea with Torres now knowing where the back of the net is; obviously Arsenal, unless if Tevez was French. Maybe Tottenham. Ja, us. Maybe us.
To assume that City has won the league, is the same as saying Newcastle will win a champions’ league slot this season.
Newcastle is now level on points with HYPERLINK “http://thisisfutbol.com/tag/chelsea” \o “Posts tagged with Chelsea”Chelsea and just a point behind the red half of Manchester.
As soon as the final whistle blew yesterday, Sky announced that City were the new favourites for the Premier League title, a similar sentiment was portrayed by Alan Hansen on MOTD claiming it was their title to lose. Apparently Stan Collymore on TalkSport said the same thing… it’s all a load of rubbish. We are in October. United are still superb, their form 10, won 8, drawn 1, lost one, makes them dangerous as always. To claim the title race is over, is farcical; Man U will be there, come May next year.
Only more beers and beautiful women come to you when your team is winning games in October but nothing is really won. By May next year, the girls would have gone already.
Nothing is won in October.
Even in Spain, a miracle happened last week. After eight games in La Liga, Levante were on top of the table, for the first time, in their 102 history. Who is Levante? They sound like a French League name.
This happens in October. So don’t be surprised.  The real men stand tall when the Champions’ League gets into the Last 16 and the League Cups as well as the premierships gather momentum. Those that withstand that pressure are the ones who will make it. Things have been moving so fast these days. First we had six in the City, then in Spain, Barca are now scared of scoring one goal (dead ball) in two games, so does that mean there is a change of guard in European football?
No, I beg to differ. Allow me to confuse you a little bit. I know most of us think United is done and gone to the bins.
I hate history as much as I hate the Red Satanists but Man U’s history should make us scared.
In 1996, we beat Manchester United 4-1 and I was still a youngster then, most people thought United were done with. Guess what, Fergusson did his magic and United won that league. We, Tottenham, were somewhere far from glory.
In 1997, Southampton thumped United 6-3, guess who won the league? United. That same season, they even lost 5-0 to Newcastle. In 1999, Chelsea hammed United 5-0, 10 years later, Liverpool beat United 4-1 in both occasions that Fergusson won the league. This year, City scored six; does that mean United is out? No, history actually favours those devils to win the league now. Painful but factual.
But, Man U fans must not jump to a celebration.  Drawing against Liverpool goes against everything you were meant to believe about United.  What has happened to the brand of exciting football that catapulted a big club into a worldwide brand?
Looking at last season’s performances, even the most ignorant of fans can see that we were way below the standards expected of Manchester United as far as performances go; on many occasions having our midfield overrun by supposed lesser teams.
This season in the league, with the exception of the Arsenal game, Man U has looked poor. The fact that they are winning games, is papering over the cracks. Norwich came to Old Trafford and if we’re honest, had enough good chances to at the very least, get a draw.
Good sides slaughter poor sides and no matter which way you look at it, Manchester has been a poor side in Europe.
They no longer force the game onto the opponents anymore and instead, drop to their level.
If football is just about winning, then I’ll lose interest; it has been what has set Manchester United apart from all the other football clubs. Just like Barca, you don’t just win, you win well. Playing for Manchester United is more than just playing football; there should be a clause in every player’s contract that reads, “You are under obligation to entertain” and if they don’t want to sign it, f*ck off to City.
Nonetheless, power has not shifted. Credits to City for winning that match last week but they will have to win the league a couple of times and a European Cup before we can claim to be the totally dominant team in Manchester but for now, they can stand proudly alongside United now and say, “we are coming”.
The only missing link from the last 10 games in England is the question, who needs Tevez? Definitely not City, especially with Sergio Aguero (9 goals), Dzeko (8 goals) and why always Mario (5)? Definitely not United; not even Chelsea with Torres now knowing where the back of the net is; obviously Arsenal, unless if Tevez was French. Maybe Tottenham. Ja, us. Maybe us.
To assume that City has won the league, is the same as saying Newcastle will win a champions’ league slot this season.
Newcastle is now level on points with HYPERLINK “http://thisisfutbol.com/tag/chelsea” \o “Posts tagged with Chelsea”Chelsea and just a point behind the red half of Manchester.
As soon as the final whistle blew yesterday, Sky announced that City were the new favourites for the Premier League title, a similar sentiment was portrayed by Alan Hansen on MOTD claiming it was their title to lose. Apparently Stan Collymore on TalkSport said the same thing… it’s all a load of rubbish. We are in October. United are still superb, their form 10, won 8, drawn 1, lost one, makes them dangerous as always. To claim the title race is over, is farcical; Man U will be there, come May next year.
Only more beers and beautiful women come to you when your team is winning games in October but nothing is really won. By May next year, the girls would have gone already.
Nothing is won in October.
Even in Spain, a miracle happened last week. After eight games in La Liga, Levante were on top of the table, for the first time, in their 102 history. Who is Levante? They sound like a French League name.
This happens in October. So don’t be surprised.  The real men stand tall when the Champions’ League gets into the Last 16 and the League Cups as well as the premierships gather momentum. Those that withstand that pressure are the ones who will make it.