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Manchester United & Media Excuses

After Pompey recorded their third home win over champions elect Manchester United, the excuses come out from the Reds camp.Sir Alex Ferguson, whilst magnanimous in defeat, still had to make excuses for United's defeat at the hands of Portsmouth today.

Their defeat has now blown the title race wide open as Chelsea had earlier in the day gained a slim 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur. This means the match at Stamford Bridge in a couple of weeks time has more meaning than it did before United's sorry result at Fratton Park.

This defeat though was as usual met with excuses from United and also a really pathetic and woeful response from the Media who are surely all licking clean the boots of each Manchester United player whilst this article is being written. Sir Alex complained that the midweek activities of his side in Roma did not help their performance today; but a club with so many talented players in their reserves as well as on the bench should be able to cope with such difficulties.

Sir Alex may feel he has reason to make excuses, but let's not lose sight of the fact that Pompey had 50% of their defence missing today with Sol Campbell and Glen Johnson both missing due to injuries. Portsmouth do not have the same luxury that Sir Alex enjoys as their squad is much smaller and does not have anywhere near the same strength in depth.

As for the Media - they are already saying that United went to Fratton understrength with Giggs and Solskjaer on the bench and the entire squad had flown direct to the South Coast from Roma so had not even had time to rest. What both United and the Media fail to appreciate is that on the day, Pompey deserved their hard battled win, they worked hard, fought for the ball and gave 110%. A similar example of this was back in 2003/04 season when Pompey trounced Leeds United 6-1, the talk then was all about Peter Reid and how long he would remain as manager at Leeds - was there any credit given to Pompey by the Media? Not a chance!

If United find that the Champions League is too much for them then they and the media ought to quit the tournament and concentrate on the domestic scene. What is always so typical with United is that as they all made their way to their West Country, Surrey and Home Counties homes (let's face it, none of them come from Manchester!!), they can never accept defeat gracefully - something that Chelsea at least can manage.

On a final note, well done to the players at Portsmouth, now prove you are worth it by following this up with another result at Watford on Monday - don't give the Media an excuse to stick the knife in again, Gary Lineaker and Mark Lawrenson are only too eager to do this and cannot give credit to Pompey because they would choke on it!


Play Up Pompey!!!




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Writer: TruePompeyBlue Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday April 7 2007

Time: 9:39PM

Your Comments

Honestly, who gives a to ss about what they write, you lot won, and it was a quality win on top of that, eventho Ive been a Chelsea fan for more than 27 years now....its right up there in the top 30. GOOD JOB POMPEY!!!!
Blue is the colour
Did you expect anything else, from that shower of moaning mancs? Well done today really enjoyed the game.
weeman john
good win boys
EvertonMike
Just watched the 'highlights' on MOTD, bloody hell they paint a one sided affair don't they... We had to absorb some pressure no question but nowhere near that that the MOTD highlights suggest. We gave a lot more than they showed, but you get used to this eh so sod the lot of them, let them moan who gives a flying one we won this will never be taken away...
pompeyrug
It's all bollox, Sir Alex is giving it all that because Spurs had to play '48 hours' after a european game but i bet he'd not give a ***** if it had been United playing them... Let him, the media and whoever moan, we won pure and simple, and what's more we deserved to win as I always knew we would... Bring on the Watford, europe here we come (although I never ever gave up hope!)...
pompeyrug
about MOTD... who got the 3 points? who got no points? shots pompey 10 manure 7 ... shown on motd ... pompey 2 manure 7 ... it looked like we got them on the break for matty goal, when in fact we took charge from the start and yeh ronaldo had a couple of efforts but in between our efforts too! and ronaldo... seriously a man who gets paid a ridiculous amount of $$$$ a week and he STILL cant buy studs for his boots... jeez. looks like he needed his mummy too. the PANSY! although id much prefer man u to win the title than chelsea, i still wanted us to win. sure, all matches are really like pre-season friendlies to us now (were not going to get into europe, and would we REALLY want to?!) but getting 3 points against the "tired and overworked" man u leading side was good enough entertainment for me! :)
pompey pessimist
The Beeb don't like Pompey. A scummer is a one of the editors, thus we get the usual near the end of the programme viewing. Harry won't talk to the due the jackanory docu last year. Fck em all. The sooner ITV get it back the better.
storagematt
I agree, PR, PP and SM, having seen the game I came away actually looking forward to watching MOTD for a change. How on Earth can the BBC possibly have edited the match so it looked as though Man-ure were the better team? Oh and by the way, Ronaldo is a nancy boy, cheating, whinging excuse for a footballer and Rooney is a cheating, whinging, fat lucky schoolboy who wouldn't know good defending if he fell over it (pun intended) and as for the clown in defence, I couldn't have wished for a funnier sight than old undershot jaw, Barney from The Simpsons Ferdinand, scoring that own goal - he had whinged all match about everything that Pompey did and the ref did and the goal gave him (as my mum would say) something to moan about. Ha!!! stick that up yer bottoms you sons of silly persons, you food trough wipers. Ha!
Et_tu_Pompeii
I was almost embarresed watching the MOTD highlights with a friend... They only knew the score, hadn't seen the game and I had said how great we were. Said we came under pressure but pretty much gave as good as we got, took the lead probably fairly and deserved to win... We were made to look like we snatched victory somehow, my estimations of the BBC went right down on Saturday evening...
pompeyrug
In the end let them whinge, let them complain, let them think we were lucky....because all of this makes it hurt them even more so. If they just move on the hurt dissipates, but if they can't handle it the knife starts to move within them. I laugh in their face. The only thing that matters is POMPEY..2 UTD..1 No Stats or ranting and raving can change that scoreline, so let's all enjoy it. WE BEAT UNITED !!! End of Story.
pompeygray
That's three wins out of four at home to ferguson's boys since we got in the premiership. I'd like to think now we might even manage a goal in our home fixture with Chelsea next season.
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