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He's an Arsenal fan who hates United with a passion, but always gives credit where it's due.

Piers Morgan: Ronaldo better than Best, Law and Charlton put together | Mail Online

The first 'oink, oink, oink' email arrived about three seconds after the final whistle on Tuesday night. And they kept on coming, like flies descending on a freshly rotting carcass in the African bush.

Manchester United fans were rather keen to remind me that my red swine flu had just proved fatal. And who can blame them? In over 40 years of being an Arsenal fan, I don't think I have ever felt so sickened as I was by the embarrassing, humiliating, degrading farrago at the Emirates Stadium.

It made Ricky Hatton's second-round KO two nights earlier seem almost heroic. But it wasn't a nausea brought on by how badly Arsenal played.

Though we were abysmal in almost every area - goalkeeper missing 40-yard potshots, back four slipping and sliding into ignominous disarray, midfield run over and trodden into the ground and a strike force so bereft of penetrative ability that I wanted to inject the pair of them with liquid Viagra.

No, it was something far worse - a sudden horrifying awareness that Manchester United were now simply on a different planet from us. The gulf in class between the two teams was so big even Cherie Blair's grin and the Grand Canyon would struggle to compete.

I've spent all season poking and prodding at Sir Alex and his men, trying to convince myself that they were a busted flush, an empire in terminal decline.

But the reality - the harsh, bitter, hurtful reality - is that the side I saw destroy my club on Tuesday is the best United team I've ever seen. And in Cristiano Ronaldo, on the basis of his stunning performance, they have indisputably the best player in the world. And probably the best player they've ever had.

These statements do not come easy to a lifelong Gooner, trust me. Like most Arsenal fans, I hate United, hate Ferguson, and particularly hate that pizza-faced, whining, diving, sleazeball of a Portuguese forward.

But the statements, in the interests of historical accuracy, still need to be made. I wasn't one of the hordes who left early on Tuesday. Though I don't really have any issue with those who did. After all, who wants to watch lemmings jumping over a cliff for 90 minutes?

But you know why I stayed? I was actually enjoying - in a dark, disturbing way - watching United, and especially Ronaldo, weave their magic. When they scored that breathtaking third, I felt like springing up and applauding.

Every player on their team was magnificent. Van der Sar was assured and commanding in goal. Evra, Vidic, Ferdinand and O'Shea were rock solid in defence. Anderson, Fletcher, Park and Carrick were fast, furious, powerful and creative in midfield. Rooney was ferocious and thrusting up front.

But it was Ronaldo who stole the show. Like many, I thought he was losing his touch from the 42-goal genius of last year. I suspected he'd become a bit of a big game illusionist, disappearing when it really mattered.

God, how wrong was I? From the first minute to the last, he was sensational. There is just no other way to describe him.

Lightning quick, fabulously skilful, imperiously arrogant, inventive and deadly, he terrorised Arsenal in a way I've never seen before.

It was like Sir Alex had fused all the best bits of Cantona, Best, Charlton and Law in a laboratory, and come up with this extraordinary hybrid creature.

Ronaldo, and his team, were that good, and there's simply no point in denying it.


But what about Arsenal? I wrote in this column last August that we'd win nothing with this squad of talented but woefully inexperienced kids and I take no pleasure in being proved right.

United's team were four years older than us on average. And it showed. They were bigger, stronger, more focused, calmer. And, less forgivably, hungrier, too.

There was an extraordinary moment, when they were 2-0 up, that summed up their added desire. Rio Ferdinand, the captain, was unhappy about a pass that Anderson had made near the Arsenal penalty area and gave him an absolute mouthful.

I didn't see our young captain, Fabregas, do that once, to anyone, all night. He didn't know what to do and nor did his colleagues.

Conclusive evidence, not that much was needed, of Evra's post-match observation that it had been 'men against babies'. Boo, bloody, hoo.
 

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I don't really like the lad, but in fairness he has given credit where it's due there.

As an Arsenal Fan, it would have been tough to write that after we humiliated them last week.

It was a very good read too.
 

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"These statements do not come easy to a lifelong Gooner, trust me. Like most Arsenal fans, I hate United, hate Ferguson, and particularly hate that pizza-faced, whining, diving, sleazeball of a Portuguese forward." :laugh:
This part cracked me up! and it pretty much sums everything up; he hates us so much that he actually loves us...
 
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Piers is a twat. It was only a few weeks ago he was comparing us with Swine Flu.
I think you failed to see the humour in the article. For example:

8. Swine are dumb. So we have to be less dumb. Which, given the way Emmanuel Adebayor treats the offside rule, is not going to be easy. Just. Stay. Onside. You. Great. Gangly. Imbecile.

The article is meant to be funny, not an attack on United.

Read it again and take it for what it is.

PIERS MORGAN: My 10-point guide to beating Red swine flu | Mail Online
 

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I think you failed to see the humour in the article. For example:

8. Swine are dumb. So we have to be less dumb. Which, given the way Emmanuel Adebayor treats the offside rule, is not going to be easy. Just. Stay. Onside. You. Great. Gangly. Imbecile.

The article is meant to be funny, not an attack on United.

Read it again and take it for what it is.

PIERS MORGAN: My 10-point guide to beating Red swine flu | Mail Online
meh, I hadn't actually read it.

It doesn't change the fact that he is a smug, arrogant git.
 

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This is a good article, but Morgan is the biggest knee-jerk journalist there is out there. He was saying about how Fergie's empire was 'collapsing' a few weeks ago when we lost a few games, now we're the best thing since sliced bread cos we've won a few.

He's an arrogant ***** who's so up his own arse it's unreal. Yes, he's a diehard Arsenal fan writing with all his bias, but that doesn't excuse the poor journalism technique of succuming to knee-jerk, hasty conclusions.

He can piss off, quite frankly.
 

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this is why i was surprised why no one opted for ronaldo as united greatest ever player


i know that greatest doesn't mean the best but nevertheless
i was surprised too. but people tend to appreciate things after they loose them.
only after ronaldo leaves people will understand how important was for us and him too will be appreciated at his right value.

on the other hand some people appreciate commitment more than efficency and value. but he will recieve what he deserves from the others.
 

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i was surprised too. but people tend to appreciate things after they loose them.
only after ronaldo leaves people will understand how important was for us and him too will be appreciated at his right value.

on the other hand some people appreciate commitment more than efficency and value. but he will recieve what he deserves from the others.
yeah - i think that it's when he stops behaving so childish that he will earn the place amoung the best ever

it's your skills that make people rate you good or bad

and it's your character that makes you great
 

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yeah - i think that it's when he stops behaving so childish that he will earn the place amoung the best ever

it's your skills that make people rate you good or bad

and it's your character that makes you great
hmm, what does his character has to do with it ?
i dont care about his character ( nobody should because we dont know him personally). with him we won 3 titles in a row ( almost), the Champions League, and we can be the first team who defends their title. he had a major role in all this ( without him im not so sure we could have done all this), he is a great player that got us out of many tough situations ( porto game for example) and thats why he is one of the best.

its true he has many haters because of his character.
 
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