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Beat United? Of course we can!

Beat United? Of course we can!

The initial reaction to drawing United was a very 'defeatist one', but I do think that some people are starting to come around to the idea that we can actually beat United after all!

The air was certainly blue in the Rug household when the draw was made, out of all the permutations of the possible draw United at Old Trafford was the worst one imaginable, the draw that no one - not even Chelsea - wanted, so clearly I was disappointed but this is the FA cup, the magic never dies and belief can make such a difference and this is what we need to do, believe...

I am personally going to Old Trafford as I have had things confirmed today, and I am not going to Old Trafford for a 12.45 kick off that will mean one hell of an early start just for 'a day out' at one of the best stadiums in the world, I am going because I fully believe we can win...

Ok, I have been known to be wrong before, I am after all only human - and maybe sometimes my heart rules my head - but I have this really strong feeling that this year is going to be our year... I had a feeling last season, but nowhere like this. Maybe I will be wrong, but my belief will not be shattered until the final whistle goes and we have lost - not that I think we will!

Not since our very first season in the premier league when from the minute we won the old Division One title and I told anyone and everyone that would listen that we would 'no two ways about it' stay up have I have had such a strong belief that something can happen.

I was going to list reasons why we can and why we cannot beat United but the positives far outweighed the negatives, even if the negatives made more sense so I am just going to keep it simple:

What is the main reason for me thinking we can beat United?

  • Because we are Pompey and this is the FA cup...


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  • Writer:pompeyrug
    Date:Tuesday February 19 2008
    Time: 12:18PM


    Time for a positive mental attitude...... "Champions aren't made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them: A desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill." Muhammad Ali
    19/02/2008 12:25:00
    I'm a United fan and I'm gutted we have drawn you lot,I had a cheeky £10 on you at 25/1 for the cup.
    19/02/2008 12:36:00
    im going, we should all go!! 9,000 pompey fans, outnumbered 7-1 agaisnt the prawn sandwhiches supporters, should be like a home game then.
    19/02/2008 12:41:00
    Quite right - we were all shocked at the draw, but we must believe we can win. We've got all our players back and they are not invincible - they lost to Citeh! If Havant & Ville can go to Anfield with the belief they can win, then we can have that vision going to Old Trafford. And we're way overdue a win away at one of the big 4. Fantastic quote NinjaTim!
    19/02/2008 12:50:00
    Is it 12.45 on the Saturday or Sunday? Is that BBC or Sky? (Just can't find it anywhere at the moment.)
    19/02/2008 12:55:00
    As a Gooner, I genuinely hope Pompey go on to win the Cup. Harry and your lot deserve silverware, Redknapp Snr has done a brilliant job and Fratton might be the only Prem ground with a semblance of "atmosphere." The likes of Sol, Lauren, Kanu and Tone know all about winning this competition. Jermain Defoe on the other hand, knows nothing about winning silverware. Probably just as well he's cup tied!
    Little Dutch
    19/02/2008 12:56:00
    Tracey its 12:45 on SKY. and yes we are going to win it :-)
    19/02/2008 12:58:00
    Oh and Tracy its on the Saturday.
    19/02/2008 12:58:00
    I've got to admit I'm yet another one who immediately started swearing at the telly when the numbers came just knew it was going to happen. I'm pretty confident we could squeeze a draw and bring them back to Fratton....and we all know how good we are against them down here. Beat them at Old Trafford? A big big ask as 'Arry would say.
    19/02/2008 13:04:00
    We have beaten them before, maybe not at Old Trafford, but our fans will be more up for it than theirs. As I think they may think of it as a formality with our record there............
    19/02/2008 13:04:00
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