Something’s Going To Have To Give

At one end of the scale, of course, there are crocodile tears, hype beyond hype and more money can most people could ever realistically manage to be able to imagine. Manchester United returned to England today, curiously now being lauded as one of the greatest teams in the history of football on account of winning on penalties, having been outplayed for much of the match. Doubtless the roles would have been reversed and, had Chelsea won, we would now be hearing endless tributes to the stout yeomanry of John Terry and Frank Lampard, and about how Nicolas Anelka was the right man all along. Curiously, Anelka’s shoulder-shrugging ambivalence to his penalty miss last night was one of the more refreshing things to happen yesterday evening. In an age in which PASSION and HEART and still held up to be adequate replacements for skill, mental strength and tactical nous, it was pleasing to see the one man currently involved in the whole Premier League merry-go-round shrugging his shoulders and giving that particularly Gallic face that says, “You know, we might have just lost the European Cup, but I’m still on £70,000 per week and sobbing would be somewhat disproportionate, don’t you think?”. At the other end of the spectrum, the adulation being heaped upon Manchester United was out of proportion with the scale of their achievement. United are, as I’ve...

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