Monday, January 04, 2010

Leeds Utd 1 - Man Utd 0 (A day to savour)

(Courtesy of the BBC)

Jermaine Beckford's winner gave League One leaders Leeds a famous FA Cup victory over their fierce rivals Manchester United in a thrilling tie at Old Trafford.

Forty-two league places separate the two clubs following the Yorkshire club's dramatic fall from grace during the last decade but Simon Grayson's side showed the rate of their recent revival with a memorable triumph.

Man Utd had never before lost in the third round of the Cup - or been knocked out of it by a lower-division side - during Sir Alex Ferguson's 23-year reign as manager, but they began 2010 on the wrong end of their biggest upset in this competition since they were dumped out by Bournemouth in 1984.

Simon Grayson congratulates goal scorer Jermaine Beckford
It was a fully-deserved win for Leeds too, who were full of endeavour coming forward before Beckford outpaced the Man Utd defence to score and, just as importantly, defended as if their lives depended on it afterwards.

Grayson's men came into the game unbeaten in 15 games and having lost only twice all season but they were still expected to be brushed aside by the Premier League champions, who themselves have found form since their defensive injury crisis abated.

See full article here

Simon says: - I never watch football other than England in the world cup and the world cup final (not England for most of my life but we live in hope).

I can't say I am that interested in football nor do I have the time. However, seeing my team (since 1973), Leeds United against the mighty Manchester United and knowing the bitter rivalry over the years it was a MUST WATCH game - I resigned myself to an early night and a quick use of the "Off" button if things got too painful but as you will see, that wasn't called for and it was well worth watching.

Not only that Sofian, an avid MU fan sent me a congrats SMS this morning which was very sporting of him and quite unlike most of the interaction between most Leeds and MU supporters. Nice one Sofian - thanks.

1 comment:

sofiantriathlete said...

Leeds were deserved winners.
Congratulations Simon