United fan and writer Nathan Thomas draws parallels between Paul Scholes' weekend winner at Eastlands and John O'Shea's famous goal against Liverpool three years ago. Here's hoping...
Well, we needed a lift and boy did we get one! Our last-gasp win over City was the type of drama that only United can conjure up.
It has been a very trying couple of weeks for the playing and coaching staff at the club after a couple of bad results and fans begin to worry about whys and what ifs. But the players are seasoned professionals – been there, done that – and the team proved at Eastlands that we are still top dogs in Manchester. Hopefully come early May, we’ll be top dogs in England too.
Of the four derbies this season, this one probably wasn’t the most entertaining but the United players pulled their socks up and put in a sterling display. Paul Scholes was majestic in midfield and was described by Mike Phelan as the “conductor of the orchestra”. The “old guard” have come in for some criticism of late but Giggs, Neville and Scholes all showed their worth on Saturday by joining forces with the club’s young charges and hauling us to victory against our "noisy neighbours".
Despite the strong display from United, as the clock ticked past 90 minutes the score was still goalless. A draw would have left us three points behind Chelsea having played a game more. Surely, even in this strange season, it would have left the Reds with too much to do.
Following United you know it’s never over until the fat lady sings and you hope we can produce some late drama, but there’s always the voice in your head saying “not this time”. So when Scholes won the game with virtually the last touch it cued absolute delirium among players and fans alike.
I don’t think I could have dreamt such a romantic finish with a Reds legend popping up to score a last-gasp winner. It reminded me very much of John O’Shea’s late goal at Anfield in 2007. That 1-0 away win propelled us to the title. Fingers crossed, this result will have the same effect, with a little help from other teams.