A caller to Praise or Grumble and my mate Jacko thought that United played better against Millwall than in the 3-0 win over Fleetwood, and if Jacko the Moaning Blade wasn’t complaining then United can’t have been that bad.
The biggest difference between Saturday and Tuesday was that Millwall came to win, not to defend and having spent the last few seasons in a higher division, coming to Bramall Lane held no fears for them.
United got the rough end of some decisions from a referee who had strange ideas about what was a foul and what was not, but that’s no excuse for allowing an unopposed cross to come in for the first goal, and switching off at a free kick for the second.
For the third time this season United got back level after going behind at home but failed to even get a point.
United have won every game in which they have scored first, but have only two points from games when conceding first.
That says it all. To finish in the top two you should be losing no more than three home games all season. United have lost three already. Not good enough.
The FA Cup draw revives memories – not mine, I might add – of United’s fourth round tie at Worcester City in 1959.
There’s only one Blade I know of who’s still around who went to that game – Derek Goodison.
I believe Derek can’t get to matches any more, but he’s a legend, telling stories of 24-hour trips to Plymouth in the 1950s and other such adventures.
Good health to you, Derek.
United won 2-0 that day in front of 17,000 people.
Let’s hope we can polish them off without the need for a replay, but if there is one I bet there won’t be 17,000 there.