Manchester United 1 – 3 Chelsea

The final home game of the season, a last chance for Fergie to show what United are made of. The starting eleven suggested a return to 4-4-2 and attacking football, with Ryan Giggs the only noticable absentee. 🙂

I ducked the “guard of honour” ceremony before kick-off, preferring an extra tin of Becks outside Ladbrokes instead. Unfortunately it turned out to be another night of boring 4-5-1, with the best young striker in the country pushed out wide on the left in order to accommodate Roy Keane and his carers in central midfield. 😡

United took an early lead through Ruud van Nistelrooy, scoring only his second goal from open play all season. Chelsea were soon level, courtesy of a long-range strike from Tiago. Second half goals from Gudjohnsen and Cole sealed the win for Chelsea. Our lack of spirit was quite embarrassing. 🙁

I’m ashamed to say that I was out of the stadium and back at the car before the final whistle. I honestly didn’t want to hear Fergie’s end of season speech or see the players do their lap of “honour”. I’ve had enough of their excuses this season. I don’t ask for much: I’d be happy for us to finish mid-table every year as long as we play good, attacking football and the players give 100% every week regardless of who we’re up against. I’ve seen very little of that over the last couple of seasons. 🙄

That said, I’ll still be there at the F.A. Cup Final next weekend giving my full support. My tickets are confirmed and extortionately expensive accommodation is booked. Hopefully a good victory against Arsenal will be the high point on which certain people can retire. Although I will forever thank them for what they have done for the club over the past decade, the last two or three seasons have used up all their credit. It would be better to see them go with dignity on a high note than be pushed out in a period of decline. 👿