Ferguson was adamant about Kompany’s two footed tackle on Nani in the Manchester derby: he took time out to lay it down for referees – and to make sure that Kompany would be a marked man in the premiership run in. We all know that if you say things loudly enough, and with enough conviction, people will believe you, and the Man United manager does apoplectic rage very well – it suits his basic Glaswegian persona.
That tackle, good or bad, knocked City out of the Carling as well as the FA Cup. Meanwhile, in the past two matches United have been awarded four penalties, and we’ve suffered the pantomime of Mancini, head choir boy, and Rooney, schoolboy snitch, waving red cards and embarrassing themselves and the game.
Then there are Villas Boas’ comments, skulking around the interview room like a beaten schoolboy, complaining about United’s second penalty against Chelsea. The fact is that Ferguson looms over the premiership like a luminous pink helium balloon, or schoolboy bully. How annoying for all us non-United fans that he keeps on getting it right.
Ferguson has built such a reputation that when the chips are down, like they were on Sunday, United just get better, whilst the opposition tremble like jelly. They certainly are messing with your brains, Chelsea, Man City, Tottenham Hotspur. And Liverpool? Obviously.
But was Kompany’s sending off a gift for City? Out of the cups, so more time for the League – that’s a good thing! Rumours are that Mancini, being Italian, really only cares about the league.
Meanwhile Vincent Kompany enrols for an MBA, conducts himself with calm intelligence and sound moral values, tweets in three different languages, and we know that City’s defence is in intelligent and capable hands for the premiership run in, and the foreseeable future.
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