Hello all from the Berb. I think the last time I wrote when the Berb was still at United and that my friends was a long time ago. The Owen Hargreaves of BigFourZa is back (hopefully to challenge for a few fist team slots at BFZ.) .
We all saw the manic Manchester derby this weekend. Enough has been discussed with words in all forms by some characters using 140 characters or more. Hence, I decided to make it pictorial (It is easy for dyslexic people like me to comprehend and convey using pictures and so I have chosen the easy route). So here I present to you the derby in pictures and umm.. a few lines of text here and there. So here goes a photo filled post *trumpets*
Pre- match hype and hoopla : The colour of Money brought in some Top Guns into the Etihad and “soccer” lover Tom Cruise was one of them (see what I did there?). He looked as lost as a kid in a carnival.
Then, Mr. Top Gun was joined by the legendary Robert Duvall. Sky went on to interview Tommy and Mr.Duvall and that whole interview ended up being like a bit of commentary from the Fox Soccer streams we get to see … utterly mindless.
The entrance: The Manchester City men made entries similar to this. We had a feeling this was a match between the fallen and the rising. All this hype was slowly making us feel that way
their manager was a happy man. Mancini was like those WWE managers who would accompany the superstars ring side. Similar to this
Kick off , goal 1 and 2 : It all started as expected. Feisty, City dominated and fast but guess who scored first? Wayne Rooney. He ran on to a lovely pass from Ashley Young (what? did that happen? Yes it did!) by slowly passing it past Joe Hart. He did that once again off a Rafael pass and United were cruising.
It was all Man United till half time then. Rock solid defending and a surprisingly good Ashley Young were the highlights of that half.
Half time at the Etihad, Steve McMahon yaps, Kasabian fire plays and the second half kicks off
Second half: The mercurial Mario Balotelli was shite, with the world wondering why Mancini did not start a certain bottle necked Argentine instead. Mario tried an elaborate back heel, it failed and Mancini howls like Ric Flair. He finally lost his patience and brought on Tevez. It impacted the game in a positive way and it lead to the first Manchester City goal. Tevez ran into the box like a rabid dog shot and then there was a bit of pinball played and then from nowhere the incredible Yoyo made the score 1-0.
There was a lot of jousting happening, some massive pressure by City. A Manchester City corner, cleared by RvP lands straight to Zabaleta and he shoots, *Goal* . 2-2.*Some Poznan-ing and taunting was done*
At this point, every United fan was obviously thinking og Edin Dzeko turning up in the 89th minute and scoring one in extra time to spoil our Monday.
And then, a premature banner at the City end:
Former Arsenal left back Gael Clichy gives the ball away and Rafael makes a darting run. Bottleneck trips Rafael just outside the box. Former Arsenal captain RvP shoots for goal after some discussion with on-a-hattrick man Wayne Rooney. *slow motion moments*. Former Arsenal…. something, $amir Na$ri pussies out and hides behind the wall as the ball, but finds it fit to stick a leg out. Minor deflection on the ball. More slow motion. All United fans wondering why Hoe Hart is diving in despair. The net bulges. MANCHESTER UNITED SCORE!!! Time for a new banner.
After that of course, madness ensued. Something none of us want to see.
Eventually the football restarted, and ended pretty soon. The Reds ran to the away end and celebrated with the fans. Emphatic scenes at the Etihad.
A blue colour smoke bomb is thrown into the pitch. The cameramen rejoice as they were able to click some stunning pictures such as this :
The gif makers rejoiced because of this :
From somewhere above, this man was looking and laughing at Roberto Mancini
It was a heated derby. A one with a lot of goals, emotions and even blood but here is a picture of two of Manchester’s biggest players chilling out after such a heated game watching X-factor. While we cannot question their tastes, what we can do is take a leaf out of this and tell ourselves. When the players can chill after a match we should chill during and after it as well. The coin throwing was a bad aftertaste to a fantastic match and hopefully things like this will stop sooner rather than later.
With that emotional statement, this is the Berb is logging off. Until next time Sayanora