5 things we need to see against Manchester United:
Against Barcelona in the week, I kind of felt we were nervous. Loose touches, misplaced passes and duffed chances that lacked any sort of composure. If we’re going to beat United tomorrow, we can’t be scared of the occasion. We had a title-winning performance against Leicester when we took them down in the last minutes of injury time. That needs to be our belief system tomorrow. We can win, no matter what.
It’s frightening how poor in front of goal we’ve been this season. I don’t know what the problem is, because plenty of chances are created. The boys need to be sharper tomorrow. They need to remember that Barcelona could have been so different if someone had taken their opportunity and put us in the lead early on. I don’t want tomorrow to be another game that we curse because of chances… and a nasty United style sucker punch.
Last year we went to United in the FA Cup on put on a masterclass. Two midfielders pinning, a solid defense and well taken chance for the WELBZ. That game was all about smart preparation. I think Wenger was so frustrated the other night because the players did so well for a majority of the game, then they forgot the game plan. Hopefully, against weaker opposition, they’ll be able to focus and take more fruit from the occasion.
This is when you find out whether your team are winners or also rans. We’re off the back off a shitty loss and we’re chasing Leicester again who unbelievably keep on winning. They looked great. I mean, they fought right until the end and they made it happen. We need to start looking as good as, or better than them. When I say look good, I mean they look fierce. Like they know the mission. All aboard. We show that so intermittently… we need to get on title train sharpishly. How about this…
‘Boys, imagine you are chasing 4th place’
Worked most years, right?
I hope the boys have watched examples of seasons past. That every season has moments that you look back on and go, shit, that was a helluva moment. They can be part of the moment. They can be part of a classic. They can be Marc Overmars breaking through and slipping the ball between Schmiechals legs. They can be Sylvain Wiltord knocking the ball over the Everton keeper when it looked like our record might not last. They could be Wiltord when he dropped his shot past Barthez. Or that moment we drew at the lane to take the title.
Tomorrow is a moment. It could be a great one we look back on. Players need to want to make this special.
Right, enjoy the game, I’ll be watching it in Atlanta!