Spirits and confidence are high after that emphatic 3-1 victory over Liverpool on Saturday.
The performance was arguably our best under Sam Allardyce to date and a real indication that we’re turning a new leaf under a boss whose reputation as a one-dimensional, long ball manager precedes him.
Normally, after wins like that, we’re normally embarrassingly turned over either by a team we should be beating or one of the ‘top four.’
So Saturday’s trip to Old Trafford would normally have us lapping up every moment of the Liverpool win in the knowledge normal service will be resumed seven days later. But not this time.
Man United are a shadow of their former selves – like us – but for opposite and not so enjoyable reasons. Their 5-3 defeat at newly promoted Leicester didn’t just hurt their pride (if they still had any) but also their already very thin on the ground and weak defence. Johnny Evans limped off and left the King Power Stadium on crutches, while Tyler Blackett was shown a straight red card.
That leaves Louis Van Gaal with Chris Smalling, Rafael and Marcos Rojo to have to deal with the ruthlessness of Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho on Saturday afternoon. And Ryan Giggs didn’t exactly choose the best of times to tell LVG who United were playing next, much to the shock and frustration of the Dutch ‘master’…