We seem to be getting used to late shows as fans of United. Papiss Cisse’s winner against Fulham was just another addition to the list of late shows we’ve witnessed in recent weeks.
To expand on that, we beat Anzhi with a stoppage time goal, Stoke suffered the same fate as did Chelsea and, earlier on in the season, West Brom.
That’s five games that have been won beyond the 90th minute so far this season. Ideally I’d prefer it if we could get things done before the final few seconds. If we could then my backside probably wouldn’t have nipped so many holes in my sofa, which is a thought you probably could do without on a Tuesday. However doing it easy wouldn’t be the United way…
The question is, is this something to be lauded? Does this startling fact typify a never say die attitude amongst our players? Are our French foreign legion tougher than the average opposing fan would like to think? I mean if you listen to the stereotype these players should give up rather than fight back, right?
To put things in perspective, we’ve gained an extra eight points in stoppage time since the start of February and we’ve also got into the Europa League Quarter Final as a result of another late goal. Could you imagine where we would have been without them?
So are they a symbol of a spirit within the camp or are they covering up things that should have been rectified earlier on in the game? Personally I think it’s a bit of both but, in a perverse kind of way, you can’t help but love the scenes that these late strikes conjure up. The celebrations against Fulham showed that and showed just how much the players and Pardew actually care about things.
I’ve not done much research into this and I could be wrong, but I’m struggling to remember so many late goals in our favour. They just never generally seemed to happen for us. Now though it seems to be different and we can head into injury time safe in the knowledge that the players aren’t already in the dressing room.
Having said that, I don’t think my heart can take many more of them!