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Post Match Interview With Man Utd Fan

Well, Sir Chewalot might not have had much grace in defeat but our Vital Manchester United editor has as he emailed me this morning to congratulate me. Never one to miss a chance (after his pre-match interview sadly got lost in the internet superhighway somewhere), I asked a few questions and a few from him to me will appear later on his site.

1) So, interesting league, you still confident of a PL win?

I've never been confident of it since selling Ronaldo and I still think Chelsea will win it. They aren't great, either but defend better (curse all those injuries at the back!) and have more firepower.

2) How long with Sir Chewalot continue do you think, he still seems totally obsessed so a good while yet I imagine?

Most of us would be happy to see him continue forever - I guess he's got 2-3 years ahead though.


3) What did you make of the loss deserved or were you robbed?

Villa were adventurous and open in the first half and defended brilliantly in the second so on the whole you deserved the victory. But, strangely enough, I also think we can consider ourselves somewhat unlucky as we had enough chances to win.


4) Sir Alex and his ref rant, surely sometimes he could just lose with grace?

He's not the best loser in the history of the game, that's sure and it means he's scorned even when he's right. On this occasion, I'm afraid he was right: three Villa players received treatment on the pitch in the second half plus there were five substitutions (and whisper it: a little time wasting from Villa as well) - there should have been around five minutes of injury time. But we were never going to get that, not after the outcry following the Citeh game.

5) What did you make of the Rooney dive? Surely the game shouldn't condone any player doing that?

Actually, he was booked for it so justice was done. I don't like to see our players dive but mostly because it's counter-productive: it makes the referees more reluctant to award penalties even when it's a foul. What was most disappointing about Rooney's fall was that he got into a good position and could have created something...

With thanks to Zae from: www.manchesterunited.vitalfootball.co.uk

Oh and whilst we are at it, many congratulations to Ryan Giggs for being named BBC Sports Personality of the Year. Well deserved, makes my top five all time Premier League players, what a player and what a professional.... also does a lot for charity I'm led to believe. Top man.




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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday December 14 2009

Time: 1:35PM

Your Comments

Thanks Zae.
The Fear
Thanks Zae.
The Fear
I think the total injury time was 4mins fergie even said it himself and only 3mins were awarded, but i think justice was served since you scored last season in like the 95th minute when the injury time when their shouldnt of been 5mins. Also it was like playing 12 men against Utd a lot of the decisions went their way the ref feeling pressured. Inalso think we had 3-4 very good chances to score but we didn't and nor did United.
Villa 4 Ever
I think the total injury time was 4mins fergie even said it himself and only 3mins were awarded, but i think justice was served since you scored last season in like the 95th minute when the injury time when their shouldnt of been 5mins. Also it was like playing 12 men against Utd a lot of the decisions went their way the ref feeling pressured. Inalso think we had 3-4 very good chances to score but we didn't and nor did United.
Villa 4 Ever
Ferguson is a winner and a major component in the make up of any winner is that losing will not be accepted, which tends to translate as being a sore loser. To a certain extent I respect that.
coeur_de_lion
Ferguson is a winner and a major component in the make up of any winner is that losing will not be accepted, which tends to translate as being a sore loser. To a certain extent I respect that.
coeur_de_lion
The diving things seems to be getting worse and worse. First Eduardo, then Ngogg and now the English boys Gerrard and Rooney are at it. Needs to be more severe punishment if you ask me.
DeanoVilla
The diving things seems to be getting worse and worse. First Eduardo, then Ngogg and now the English boys Gerrard and Rooney are at it. Needs to be more severe punishment if you ask me.
DeanoVilla
Who's to say that Man'ure would have scored in the extra 1, 2, 3 however many minutes???? Fergie is worried and looking over his shoulder. He's gotten away with his histrionics and bullyboy tactics for far too long. 5 years ago, the whole team used to surround the ref. Now he gives the 4th official the hairdryer treatment instead. Most of their fans just go with what he says and don't have a clue when outsiders can see he's chatting tripe.
Villan444
Who's to say that Man'ure would have scored in the extra 1, 2, 3 however many minutes???? Fergie is worried and looking over his shoulder. He's gotten away with his histrionics and bullyboy tactics for far too long. 5 years ago, the whole team used to surround the ref. Now he gives the 4th official the hairdryer treatment instead. Most of their fans just go with what he says and don't have a clue when outsiders can see he's chatting tripe.
Villan444
Have to say since the emergence of Chelsea under Abramovich and Arsenal's few years of reign under Henry, I've not had a lot bad to say about Man Utd or their fans. Most seem to have a fairly decent amount of respect for villa, (esp given they turn us over each season bar this last game)... They're a lot of things we aspire to be.
johnnyuk
Have to say since the emergence of Chelsea under Abramovich and Arsenal's few years of reign under Henry, I've not had a lot bad to say about Man Utd or their fans. Most seem to have a fairly decent amount of respect for villa, (esp given they turn us over each season bar this last game)... They're a lot of things we aspire to be.
johnnyuk
Really good point johnny... Guess the biggest issue is always the way the refs treat Man U - giving them the benefit of almost every decision. But besides that, the behaviour of the players and management is usually superb. I can't imagine any other manager that could have controlled players like rooney and ronaldo like he has. Look at how spoilt Drogba is at chelsea, I would bet that under Sir Chewalot he would be unstoppable.
Astriel
Really good point johnny... Guess the biggest issue is always the way the refs treat Man U - giving them the benefit of almost every decision. But besides that, the behaviour of the players and management is usually superb. I can't imagine any other manager that could have controlled players like rooney and ronaldo like he has. Look at how spoilt Drogba is at chelsea, I would bet that under Sir Chewalot he would be unstoppable.
Astriel
agreed deano, needs a very harsh clamp down NOW to stop it increasing.
The Fear
agreed deano, needs a very harsh clamp down NOW to stop it increasing.
The Fear
Well Astriel, when you win a lot you get the respect and with the respect comes the benefit of the doubt. It happens at club and international level. Watching the Confederations Cup last year, the Americans got no respect from the ref resulting in the whistle blowing unnecessarily. When Bradley got a straight red for a tackle that he clearly got the ball from I wasn't surprised. The USA doesn't get great calls from the ref because we aren't world class. When you are world class like United has proven itself to be, you will get the calls your way.
TheYank
Well Astriel, when you win a lot you get the respect and with the respect comes the benefit of the doubt. It happens at club and international level. Watching the Confederations Cup last year, the Americans got no respect from the ref resulting in the whistle blowing unnecessarily. When Bradley got a straight red for a tackle that he clearly got the ball from I wasn't surprised. The USA doesn't get great calls from the ref because we aren't world class. When you are world class like United has proven itself to be, you will get the calls your way.
TheYank
A word on Ryan Giggs - Fully deserved. I thought David Haye or Jensen Button would win it but I'm glad it was Giggs. A true professional and fantastic performer at the top for so long. a true legend!
JayVFC
A word on Ryan Giggs - Fully deserved. I thought David Haye or Jensen Button would win it but I'm glad it was Giggs. A true professional and fantastic performer at the top for so long. a true legend!
JayVFC
Thanks for the help JP! Villan444: nobody said we would have scored in the additional minutes but the fact is there should have been more time added on. And it should not matter what happened in the past though I can understand Atkinson that he wanted to avoid the same bashing he got from the press after correctly adding on one more minute against City...
Zae
Thanks for the help JP! Villan444: nobody said we would have scored in the additional minutes but the fact is there should have been more time added on. And it should not matter what happened in the past though I can understand Atkinson that he wanted to avoid the same bashing he got from the press after correctly adding on one more minute against City...
Zae
Fair enough Zae, it's just that the press seem to be making such a big deal of what he said about the minutes. I DO like Fergie nowadays, he doesn't take himself too seriously and normally has a wry smile when complaining about things. He's like a senile Grandpa, and you can't argue with his record.....
Villan444
Fair enough Zae, it's just that the press seem to be making such a big deal of what he said about the minutes. I DO like Fergie nowadays, he doesn't take himself too seriously and normally has a wry smile when complaining about things. He's like a senile Grandpa, and you can't argue with his record.....
Villan444
You can't argue with Ferguson's passion for the game or for his club, and he tries it on whenever he can for the sake of Man U - despite looking arrogant and seemingly demanding of special treatment, often his tactics work so why not eh ? More blame should be laid at officials, most other managers get short shrift from such bullying tactics and are sent off the pitch. Should happen more often to Fergie when he starts ranting at those who make the decisions. As much as I can't stand his foaming at the mouth it's got be said he's a big part of Man U's character, and of course all the histrionics look are hilarious when it doesn't fall into place for him. Like when we beat them, for example :)
ExpatVillaShirt
You can't argue with Ferguson's passion for the game or for his club, and he tries it on whenever he can for the sake of Man U - despite looking arrogant and seemingly demanding of special treatment, often his tactics work so why not eh ? More blame should be laid at officials, most other managers get short shrift from such bullying tactics and are sent off the pitch. Should happen more often to Fergie when he starts ranting at those who make the decisions. As much as I can't stand his foaming at the mouth it's got be said he's a big part of Man U's character, and of course all the histrionics look are hilarious when it doesn't fall into place for him. Like when we beat them, for example :)
ExpatVillaShirt
I was afraid Untied will score. Actinson was the same ref for that Citeh game and he gave them 10 minutes almost!
JT_daniel
I was afraid Untied will score. Actinson was the same ref for that Citeh game and he gave them 10 minutes almost!
JT_daniel
Not sure why giggs won the sports personality of the year, an award for his superb contribution to the game of a long period of time yes, but its supposed to be for an outstanding performance in that year, he certainly didnt start many of the games did he? Again, no question he should receive recognition, perhaps a special award would have been appropriate. They shortlist people to stop things like the angling times who tried once printed postcards to get a fisherman made the winner
trekker
Not sure why giggs won the sports personality of the year, an award for his superb contribution to the game of a long period of time yes, but its supposed to be for an outstanding performance in that year, he certainly didnt start many of the games did he? Again, no question he should receive recognition, perhaps a special award would have been appropriate. They shortlist people to stop things like the angling times who tried once printed postcards to get a fisherman made the winner
trekker
 

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