Number one son and I went to the UEA to see a Swedish progressive metal band on Sunday night. They are called Opeth and were absolutely brilliant. They exceeded our expectations and went down a storm.
Opeth’s strength is light and shade. The riffs and fills were very heavy while the keyboards and vocals provided the lighter moments only for the entire band to then come back even heavier than ever.
And that reminded me of the job Manchester United did on us earlier in the day.
They were resilient, outthought us and at times [many times] picked us off like canaries on a wire.
Sure we made mistakes. Todd Cantwell and Emi Buendia lost possession in areas they shouldn’t have. Were we punished? Oh yes.
That sublime crossfield ball from Daniel James left us chasing shadows as Marcus Rashford gratefully received it and it was put away with aplomb.
Earlier Scott McTominay had seized upon another gift courtesy of Cantwell and we were climbing the Everest Daniel Farke sometimes refers to. Without the right equipment.
It’s a shame McTominay chose to celebrate in the way he did. We were under impressed.
United’s third was brilliantly created and finished. I’m sorry if I’m praising them too much but they were really very good.
Onel Hernandez’s belated response was a fine run and strike. He turned Harry Maguire like he simply wasn’t there. The first Cuban to score in the Premier League – it’s a shame for you that it counted for so little Onel.
Oh shucks, I haven’t mentioned Tim Krul, VAR and the penalties yet. My head must still be ringing from Sweden’s loudest band. We were standing close to the mixing desk and could see the decibel meter hitting 120 at times when the legal limit is 96.
Krul’s pre pen ritual is something I’ve never previously witnessed before.
Kick his left stick, twice, slowly. Go for the water bottle, take a drink he doesn’t need and spit it out. Stand on his line, do a Dutch version of the Haka and psych out both Rashford and then Anthony Martial.
My take on VAR? Referee Stuart Atwell saw nothing wrong in either case. Ben Godfrey’s collision with James was just that. A collision. Certainly no pen to me.
Cantwell had his back to the ball as it struck what appeared to be his elbow. Under the new rules that’s a maybe at best.
I sit right behind the Barclay goal and although as a City supporter I’m obviously biased I saw both incidents in real-time and truly believe both decisions were ridiculously harsh.
VAR is not working, but it does in Rugby. Strange.
There’s no shame in being beaten by a team who were very much the better side on the day, but I have a bit of a concern right now.
We tried to play our normal game but United’s relentless press was something we could not cope with at times. OK, most of the time.
I sincerely hope the lads can pick up the pieces and progress from here. We were given a harsh lesson and there’s no denying it.
Doubts over Krul and Ibrahim Amadou don’t exactly help with Brighton and Watford on the immediate horizon. We’ll have to hope both are OK but I can understand the worry over Krul as he felt what was probably more than just a twinge on his knee – the same one he had that dreadful cruciate ligament injury on, of course.
Confidence might well become an issue – or rather lack of it.
We all knew we’d get some beatings in the PL but they’re becoming a little too frequent for my liking. But Stuart Webber and Daniel Farke’s hands are tied financially. I hope this bold venture of ours [the self-sustainability bit] succeeds but I must admit I am becoming concerned. Very concerned.
If Daniel James played guitar his solos would be exquisite.
BTW folks as you all know I enjoy replying to each of your comments individually, but I won’t be able to tomorrow as I’m in for a full teeth extraction at the N&N. My part-time career as a vampire will be over. Hopefully, I’ll get back to y’all on Wednesday.