Arsenal vs Manchester United: Half-time report, what a difference a referee can make
Written by Chris on May 5, 2009 21:33
That United deserve to be in the final and are a better team is no mystery after these two games but I have to be frank with you, I didn’t do my homework in the match preview and didn’t know it was going to be Mr. Roberto Rosetti to referee our game. As soon as I realised it, well, I knew what this half was going to be. Last week’s referee didn’t buy any of the Ronaldo diving and crying but Mr. Rosetti did, just as I expected after years and years of watching Serie A football. Go back to the Serie A please, doing your job in giving fouls to Totti and Del Piero whenever they go down like little girls.
Oh, did I say United deserve to be in the final? Yes I did, just in case someone thinks I’m saying a different referee would have see us through.
There’s not much to report on the half, is there? The lads came out of the blocks like lions with the support of the 12th man as requested by Nasri and after 5 minutes, a Fabregas shot was deflected by both Vidic and Ferdinand before ending in a corner. Why on earth don’t we get any luck from so-called lucky deflections?
In the 7th minute, it was game over, or almost. Lucky at Old Trafford, not today. Kieran Gibbs slips and Ji-Sung Park takes full advantage of that to wait for Almunia to come out and find the net for 0-1. Three minutes later, it was really game as Ronaldo goes down like with Rosetti impressed by that, free-kick to United with Almunia failing to block Ronadlo’s effort. Should have done better Manuel, but oh well.
As much as I find it hard to believe, we had zero goal opportunities. Van Persie was NOT fit to play this game yet he featured and the man supposed to provide the magic, Fabregas, is a shadow of himself. Walcott, despite seeing a lot of the ball, has been very disappointing in almost everything he tried with the only Nasri showing heart and determination.
Asking for subtitutions doesn’t make any sense at this stage of the game but Eboue for Gibbs is a must with the kid not really knowing what is going on around him. Off Walcott and in Vela and off Song and in Denilson. Alex is not at his best today but that’s not why I want Denilson, I want him because even if I’m one of those not rating him high, he’s the one who played most games for us and deserves to play the last 45 minutes of this campaign’s Champions League, yes, the kid deserves to feature.
At half time, it’s game over. One humble request: Give us 45 memorable last minutes of this Champions League lads.