Thanks to Sky TV, this was our first 5:15pm kick-off. It just didn’t feel right. 😕
With Ruud van Nistelrooy out injured and both Heinze and Ronaldo being given time off for Christmas, I worried which of the “reserves” would get a run out. Quinton Fortune was preferred at left back (eventually replaced by O’Shea), Fletcher played on the right of midfield. Neither excelled. 🙄
The scoreline was probably about right in the end. We hammered Palace for most of the game but poor defending allowed them to equalise twice. 😐
In summary, with video clips where possible: Rooney missed an early penalty, Scholes scored twice, Smith and O’Shea grabbed the others.
Eric Cantona was guest of honour tonight, prompting continuous singing of the 12 Days Of Cantona, Let’s Drink a Drink and What A Friend We Have In Jesus. It all seemed very appropriate considering Palace were today’s opposition. 😉