So first post on the new State of the Game, kind of like making my debut at Old Trafford, the roar of the crowd, a friendly manager/site admin who patted me on the back and said do my best (or else) and time for my opinions to do their own talking. Here goes…
Sir Alex has loosened his tie and started speaking to the media again after the total blackout in the wake of his charge for slagging yet another referee after the hotly disputed Chelsea defeat two weeks ago.
In typical Fergie style, he hasn’t eased himself back into media duties, instead he launched a scathing attack on Liverpool’s Jamie Carragher, calling his challenge on Nani last week a “disgraceful tackle”. Carragher only got a yellow card for the horror show which left Nani with a long gash on his leg and at least three or four weeks on the sideline. It really added injury to injury especially when Liverpool embarrassed United so much on the field as well.
Fergie says it’s time to move on and how good it is that we’re still involved on three major fronts this far into March but I’m struggling to get over the Carragher tackle. It’s not the first time in his long (and not utterly distinguished) career that Carragher has done this to a fellow professional and surely it’s no coincidence that it was a United player, and a pivotal one at that, with so much left for us to play for this season.
I’m sure we all remember Carra the Gangsta’s episode with threatening to get Lucas Neill “done” after Neill broke Carragher’s leg in 2003, does this mean Jamie should be watching out for a crew of tooled up Portugeezers now while he’s out shopping? Of course not but it shows the mark of the man that he thought he a tough guy getting his mates to put the frighteners on Lucas Neill off the pitch.
So yes, Fergie is right. Carragher is a disgrace, so was his “tackle”. An even bigger one is that Nani will now miss several important games for United even if his recovery goes 100% to plan. If that costs us a trophy then a disgrace is the least I’ll be calling it.