Man Utd 3-0 Liverpool
Well, 5 years without a victory over the Mancs and once again the reds were cheated. I’m not going to say that we didn’t deserve to lose and none of the goals should have stood, or that Mascherano shouldn’t have been sent off. But today we played United off the park until their goal. We were playing with great confidence and agility.
For the first goal it came from one of our own corners. It is no embarrassment to be hit on the break by United; it could be argued that they are the best counter attackers in the league. But the way in which we did it is terrible. By the time the ball was floated in to Wes Brown we had plenty of bodies back but our organisation had completely deteriorated. No doubt that the reds card destroyed us.
Any team who are forced to play against United for 45 minutes with only 10 men are doomed. It could be argued that it was game over at Half time. Then again we started the second half brilliantly, two good early chances showing weaknesses in United’s defence. Granted, Torres was beaten to the ball and Gerrard missed the target but it gave us hope. False hope however because we just never showed up for the second half. United had the majority of the possession and the ball was mostly played in our half.
As for the second goal, What happened? Xabi Alonso was Ronaldo’s marker and as Ronaldo began his ascent for the ball Alonso stopped chasing him. If there was one man on that pitch that you have to challenge every second it was Ronaldo. Another stupid goal to concede. As for the third goal, well. . . can’t really complain it was a good strike by Nani who tore open our defence.
An overall bad day at the office, so to speak. Even worse, if we lose next week to Everton then we could lose fourth place.
Mascherano. Seems like his career has got a lot more interesting since he actually signed for Liverpool. Well. Suppose I should talk about his red card eh. OK. Firstly, he was stupid to dive in for his first yellow. I still feel it was harsh to be given a yellow card for it though. Between his yellow card and red card Javier told the referee to F*** Off around 5 times. There are factors that I can understand why he sent Masch off and factors that I can’t believe. I can understand it because he had been verbally ‘abusing’ the ref repeatedly. However, Mascherano committed fouls while on a yellow card which he wasn’t even spoken to about and yet he gets a card for asking why his team mate was cautioned?
It was clear that Javier was going to be sent off today. From the moment he received his first yellow card, and for that I think that Rafa Benitez has to come under Scrutiny. Why didn’t he take off Mascherano? Why leave him on and risk going a man down?
The Ref. Steve Bennett. What the hell? The FA are looking to punish Mascherano for his actions. Proof that the FA hate Liverpool lies in the fact that Steve Bennett is a known scouse hater. Both Liverpool and Everton are hated by Steve Bennett. So what do the FA do? Put him in charge of Liverpool’s biggest game of the season. I feel that Liverpool should not only put in an official complaint about Bennett but also refuse to play any games officiated by him or Mike Riley. Sadly, My opinions about the FA cannot be put into this article. Because it would probably result in me being expelled from the site. Also the language necessary to describe how I feel about them is too strong to be posted.
What do you think? Let me know.