Yeah I have to admit I felt frustrated even though I am not a Man Utd fan. At times this season Utd have looked a formidable team going forward and their body language on this occasion was terrible. I think the problem is that at Old Trafford the players know that the fans love to attack. Anyone who has ever travelled there as an away supporter knows that. If the players are being asked to defend, defend and more defend they know that the crowd will quickly get on their backs even if in a round about sort of way. Teams have shown this season that City can be got at but you have to go about it the right way. In a match where Utd are told to defend, Lukaku looks so uncomfortable you feel really sorry for him. He is losing confidence now and it is starting to show. He looked happiest at Everton where they have always prided themselves in providing entertaining football for the crowd (no, don't laugh)* and this HAS to be achieved by being competitive in ALL areas of the pitch including up front, even if they take an occasional beating which this season they have. The same players at United who have looked so good against lesser opposition looked tame. quite frankly and surely this must have been embarrassing for them. I actually found myself shouting at telly "You're giving them far too much respect, play your football!" but then I am not Jose and haven't won lots of titles.
I bet you half a pint of non alcoholic lager the United fans really wanted to chant "No way, Jose!" and "ATTACK, ATTACK, ATTACK ATTACK ATTACK!"
The saving grace is that many other teams are beaten before they step onto the pitch against City and all seem to have conceded defeat before the game kicks off with the "Please don't hurt us too much" and "Not in the face" attitude. There is a way to play against City but it may take one of the lower clubs to show the way. Having said that, one suspects that the title race is pretty much over after that and a betting man would only be tempted to put on a meagre sum with the chance of winning a lottery style prize!
* see! http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/4231...