I hope so… but it’s a big ask? I didn’t get to any games home or away over Christmas this year. First time that’s happened for as long as I can remember. Had too many other commitments though so my friend borrowed my season ticket and I had to watch our one goal and two defeats on TV.
Football does have some lucky elements, some unlucky elements too. It also has unfortunate timings. A few months ago I think we would of destroyed Chelsea at home with the way they were playing, well at least I think we would, everyone else was. However, Mourinho left and Hiddink comes in and they’ve not lost in three now. Yes they’ve drawn two, but they’ve stopped the defeats.
More unfortunate timing. We play our new bogey team Swansea today, I say bogey as I’m sure they’ve beaten us four times in the last five games, with the other one being a home win back in January 2014. Our best Swansea victory though since Fergie left was Moyes’ first game in charge, when we spanked them 4-1 on the opening day 2013.
This season Swansea had played 16 league games with just two clean sheets. Garry Monk is sacked and they pick up two draws and one win, but more importantly three clean sheets on the bounce! Timing wise that is really bad for us with our lack of goals currently.
I’m off to the game today so will be leaving home in an hour or so to have a few beers and a catch up with friends before the game. Unfortunately I won’t be going in The Gorse pub today due to it closing the weekend before Christmas for good! It’s been sold off to property developers. Another sad day for the local pub industry, but if it’s only making profit on match days then I suppose you can understand it. Still not good though.
Back to the game, I’m going to go for a 1-0 win to us today. That’s purely more out of hope than confidence. We are surely due a win finally, but as mentioned above it won’t be easy against a now more confident defending Swansea team. We have nothing to fear from them defensively ourselves as they’ve only scored two goals in their five games in December. I suppose we’ll see though.
If we do get that goal, please lets get it early, as in the first half. Saw a stat the other day that we’ve not scored a first half goal at Old Trafford in eight games. Which means our last goal at home in the first half in any competition was Juan Mata’s penalty against Wolfsburg on… wait for it… Wednesday 30th September.
That changes today!!!!! New year, new start. Lets have a first half goal (and the win obviously) please!?