However good our start to the season has been – and its been pretty awesome – tomorrow sees our greatest challenge: gaining victories over Manchester United and Arsenal. We’ve beaten Liverpool at home in both the last two seasons and improved the home record against Chelsea but victories over United and Arsenal are distant memories.
Last season we competed well against United and apart from a wonderous period in which they inflicted numerous goals against us at Old Trafford we threatened them and certainly worried them. But still they overcome us and used their winning mentality to keep their superiority. United fans think we are delusional but we know this record must change at some point. Why not tomorrow?
And if we are to win let’s consider who we’ll be without. Certainly Woodgate and Modric who would play if fit. Maybe Bassong who we are told is fit and Ledley who remains a doubt. Will Kranjcar start? Possibly not unless Crouchy drops back to the bench leaving Keane and Defoe up front.
Jenas and Gomes return to the squad but both are likely to be on the bench and we may see Hutton at right back with Corluka stepping inside to cover King’s absence.
Whatever the situation the atmosphere at the Lane should be electric and come what may I’m looking forward to seeing our boys putting their best efforts into winning a game that calls for passion, belief and brains. If United win I want to see them put in one heck of a performance and a game to remember.
This is the fixture of the 1960’s that set the standard for football on television. The G Men against the Triumpharate. 5 – 1 home wins for both teams in 1965 (click to view), Pat Jennings scoring and Charlton’s thunderbolt in the Charity shield, Martin Peters 4 goal haul at Old Trafford, Best’s brilliant lob, our 3 goal fightback to win from 2 down at half time in 1976, but in recent years its been far too one sided.
Only we can change it. Tomorrow could be the day. Come the day come the hour we have Wilson Palacios.