No one can honestly have expected to have witnessed such a game as the Manchester derby from Monday night this week, the two heavyweights of the Premier League fighting it out to take or retain the number one position in the title race and yet the game produced very little in the way of action when you look at the red side of the city.
United not only failed to even hit the target with one shot but at times they looked shakey and their performances showed sparks of the defensive lock down that Chelsea were able to display when they played in the Champions League semi final against Barcelona last week, just the Manchester based side failed to win.
We have become used to the consistent mind games that Premier League managers try to perform on their rivals ahead of big matches, each claiming that their opponents are the number one contenders and that they have to be considered the underdogs as they enter into the match, but often nothing more spans from those conversations and the game tends to serve up some tasty football action for all to see, not Monday night!
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was seen to clearly lose his head as he disagreed with actions that his counterpart, Roberto Mancini, had made following a tackle on one of the United players and the little angry Scot was only too happy show the Italian that he was not about to accept that from him.
The two Premier League bosses had to be held apart by coaching staff and the fourth official as they both mouthed complete garbage at each other for what could be seen as the most exciting moment of the match, something that shows just how poor the game really was to watch.
Speaking out after the game, Ferguson stood firmly behind his actions, honestly digging deep into his excuses store to mutter that it was Mancini that had sparked the row as “he was saying stuff to me all game”, the sort of excuse that you would expect to hear on the school playing fields, not the Premier League showcase that we were watching.
Neither of the managers have been told that they will face charges for their little show but I have to say that if the governing bodies want to cut out that sort of thing from the game, you have two examples that you should be making examples of and it would offer a much bigger loss with both clubs now locked on the same points with just two games to go…
Meanwhile in London, talk is breaking that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is hot on the trail of Spurs boss Harry Redknapp following the news that he will not be leaving White Hart Lane this summer in exchange for the top position with the English national side.
The Russian seems keen to have a well known manager put into control of his side for the upcoming season but with Roberto di Matteo continuing to steer the club to the points that they need so badly, surely he is looking further afield than he needs to?
Finally for today, England have appointed West Brom manager Roy Hodgson as the new England manager, an appointment that has split the nation and one that will be very interesting to see played out.
Hodgson has a track record of successes throughout his career but whether he really is the right man for the job is still to be seen, I mean we have all seen the huge amount of work that he will have on his hands if he is looking to kick off his first tournament in charge in a good, winning fashion.
The news that he has signed a four year contract with the Football Association is a complete shock, not in relation to the name on that contract but purely due to the length of the contract after so many managers before have been given their marching orders years before they were due to finish their term, costing the FA millions in compensation.