It was a pretty good weekend. Not because I particularly enjoyed the football - more because I couldn't stop laughing when I was watching The Saturday Club on beIN Sports. They ripped into me for my pre-season prediction of impending doom at Leicester following the appointment of Claudio Ranieri!
It's something I've addressed a number of times, so there's not much point in re-visiting it. The only consolation is that I wasn't alone. The great and the good from our business were a unified voice about Ranieri. We were ALL wrong. When you are, the best policy is to hold your hands up and admit it. I admit it - again!
What makes being wrong all the more pleasurable is that Leicester haven't just survived - they've flourished under Ranieri. I repeat - for me their title success (at least I was one of the first to be convinced by them!!!) is the greatest football story of all time.
Now, I appreciate there will be many good arguments to the contrary. I don't mind that. I said 'for me'. It's just wonderful. I actually thought they'd get over the line at Old Trafford. Wouldn't that have been perfect? To do it in United's back yard!
The point might yet be enough. It all depends now on whether Spurs beat Chelsea tonight (Monday) and beat them they MUST, or it is all over.
I hope they do because, having missed the chance at United, the best option now is that Leicester do it in front of their own fans. They'll beat Everton, don't worry about that.
It was a battling point at United. I thought they showed nerves early on, almost for the first time this season. But they recovered well and put in a dogged performance after equalising. It was mature. It was a champions' performance. In the end it was a very well deserved point.
So to my tweet, which stirred so many of you up on Sunday afternoon. I'm not having Marounne Fellaini - not at any price. He's a disgrace to the United shirt. Never mind that he was provoked by Robert Huth. He had his hair pulled - diddums. Get it cut then. If there's nothing to pull - no problem. The way he reacted was scandalous. He's got previous as well. I've lost count of the number of times this season that I've argued with Andy about his flailing elbows. What he does is dangerous. It's not an exaggeration to say that he could end up killing someone the way he goes about his business on the football pitch. Huth actually did him a big favour by staying on his feet, but Fellaini will get done anyway and rightly so.
What he did was indefensible, so why did LVG try? He should've condemned Fellaini's action straight away and pledged to get rid of him - condemned him publicly - acted on the latter privately.
I said this on Sunday as well. Sir Bobby Charlton - a gentleman and fine human being - a Manchester United man to the core - is worried about Jose Mourinho turning up at Old Trafford and eventually besmirching the good name of United. He's got a point because we all know it will end in tears if it's the route United are going. Tears and trophies I might add.
But what about Fellaini? What is he doing in a United jersey behaving the way he does on a pitch? If he stuck his elbow in somebody's face, like he did Huth's, on the street he'd go to jail. It was the behaviour of a thug. There's no place for it in football. There's no place for it in society. I repeat - it's indefensible. Get rid United.
Fellaini will get banned, for three games. Think about that - three games. What did Suarez get for his now infamous 'bite'? Oh yes, just short of a life time ban! Seriously, what's the more dangerous of the two acts? Exactly - Fellaini's flying elbow, delivered with intent - and that intent was to seriously injure an opponent. Get rid United. He's not worth it. Oh, and I hope he misses the Cup Final.
My revelation that Sunday's ref, Michael Oliver, has been given permission to take charge of Wayne Rooney's testimonial caused quite a stir! Now, I'm not suggesting any decisions Michael made were in any way connected to that decision.....but. Why put him
I'm the position where the allegation can be made?
My information is that Oliver was given permission to take charge of Rooney's game, on the basis that he wouldn't ref United again this season, so somebody at PGMOL HQ has obviously thought about it. So why was Oliver at Old Trafford on Sunday? I can only imagine the answer is because Martin Atkinson is currently injured. Atkinson would almost certainly have taken charge of the Leicester game had he not been. His late withdrawal last weekend caused a quick re-shuffle of the refs. My guess is that the same thing happened this weekend.
I'd also like to know why it's been decided that only current refs can take charge of these testimonial games? Why put them in the firing line? Aren't there enough retired 'experts' capable of putting on their boots and having a run out? It's not as though these games are taken seriously is it? Where's Howard Webb? Why can't he do it?
It'll be interesting to see if Oliver is allowed to take charge of the game now, or whether he's pulled. Keep your eyes open.