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Capitulation December 7, 2005

Posted by ayasawada in Uncategorized.

We say Man Utd never die, but tonight we did. For the first time in 11 seasons, Manchester United were knocked out at the group stage of the Champions League, by a Benfica team missing their three best players. On a night that should have honoured the memory of George Best, the team played with the same lacklustre, lethargic, pointlessness they have done for the last two years. The most disappointing aspect of this for us United fans is that this is exactly what we deserved. The team did not go out unluckily in a trail of glory, shots reigning in until the last minute, attack attack attack. The team played well… for six minutes. We scored the first goal and then proceeded to give up. What happened to team spirit? What happened to the beauty of football? The passion that was the very heart of Manchester United seems to have extinguished, with only brief glows of hope in the ashes left behind.

The one good thing that can come out of this is it might convince the money-grabbing Glazers to bugger off and give us our club back. But I can’t see that happening just yet. Most likely, Fergie will be pushed out first. Perhaps it really is time for him to go, but one feels that as the last of our old warriors goes quietly into the night, the spirit that we love about our club goes with them.



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