Whenever you have Manchester’s two teams facing each other it’s fair to say that the games aren’t for the faint of heart which was the case for the supporters of both teams this past weekend. The first encounter this season wasn’t the best but Saturday’s encounter more than made up for it as commentators worldwide had to contain themselves from coming across all coy and shy.
This was because we saw the latest time in his short career that Wayne Rooney has seen a return to form. Many ran out of superlatives to describe the sublime way the England striker volleyed the ball home and odds on him ever being able to so again might be long enough that it’s definitely worth the punt.
If you add to this the fact that it stretched the home side’s lead to around eight points over their cross-city neighbors, it’s little wonder they were dancing in the streets to the strains of Mick Hucknall and Simply Red. It would all have been so different had David Silva managed to put the ball in the net after three minutes, but it wasn’t meant to be.
As for United, Fergie’s probably just hoping Rooney didn’t celebrate his return to form by travelling back to his haunts of old – if you know what we’re saying *wink wink, nudge nudge*
Elsewhere in the league, even though the transfer window has only just closed, managers are still having to watch out for masked man trying to stab them in the back as they’re afforded no protection by the window closing. The latest to be let go was West Brom boss Roberto Di Matteo. Former boss of Bodog-sponsored Fulham, Roy Hodgson, has taken the reins at The Hawthorns but has a lot to do.
It might not have been the best two teams football-wise in the league but Hodgson’s new side were involved in a six-goal thriller with fellow strugglers West Ham. The home side were 3-0 to the good before the East Londoners drew level and could have won it late on.
David Moyes is also looking down the barrel. Defeat at Bolton has left them a mere three points above the drop zone and the bookies are ramping up the sack race bandwagon as we speak.
Behind West Ham boss Avram Grant and Chelsea’s Carlo Ancelotti, Moyes has been cut from 8/1 to 6/1 by William Hill to be the next boss to be given the boot and may not see the end of the season if there are many more performances like yesterday’s. If Harry Redknapp once referred to his wife in relation to the finishing of one of his strikers, you feel that Moyes may have claimed that a team of aging obesity sufferers may have done them more good in yesterday’s game.