August 20, 2007

Horse 795 - Once in a Blue Moon

Man United have travelled to Eastlands and have come away with nothing. Former England manager Sven Goran Eriksson who on occasion had heated words with Sir Alex Ferguson on his first derby fixture has stolen 3 points in what surely has to be the sweetest thing since Sticky the Stick Insect got stuck on a sticky bun.

Man United have now dropped 7 points from their opening fixtures whilst their neighbours with this result go to the top of the league with the maximum 9 from 9. This is somewhat ironic considering that Kasper Schmeichel used to play for the enemy and on top of that looks like he's out of his depth. United have only managed a single goal from three fixtures and perhaps for the first time in 25 years are seriously beginning to look at the chasm of relegation.

Sir Alex himself before the fixture said that the winners will not straddle 90 points this year because the pressure to stay up is getting larger and larger. In fact the tide in England is slowly shifting to something akin to an Italian style game or "anti-football".

Brazilian midfielder Geovanni scored the only goal in this derby, and although United had enough corners to start a chain of convenience stores, they simply couldn't convert. City's back four played sterling football and managed to either stall or chip out when appropriate. The question remains whether this is just an anomaly or if Sven's boys can put together 25 of these performances.

The phrase "once in a blue moon" seems rather apt at the moment. Man City top? Whod'a thunk it?

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