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A decent position in the Premier League
hardly makes Portsmouth giant killers -
but their FA Cup win over United did
come as a bit of a shock.

It wasn't as though United rested their
best players for the game - this was a
top side who went out to opposition
that never gave up, a bit (OK quite a bit)
of bad luck and some horrendous
refereeing decisions.

But could the "injustice" United feel at the
way in which they were eliminated be the
spur that helps them to glory in the Premier
League and Champions League?
 

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carlyluvsunited said:
But could the "injustice" United feel at the
way in which they were eliminated be the
spur that helps them to glory in the Premier
League and Champions League?
lol, My dad used nearly the exact same words carly, and I have to agree with both of you!!!

The players will feel somewhat cheated after the Portsmouth match and as we all know, Fergie is running around like a maniac, and as we all know, that's when he and United are most dangerous.

The Portsmouth defeat will have a positive influence on the lads and they will be desperate to win the competitons that they are left in.

Fergie will have the players full of heart and ambition now.

I pity our next opponents!!!!
 

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It's not the end of the world.

United lose. It's football. Take the rough with the good. We're out of the cup - ah well. There's always next year, the team will be older, stronger, more experienced.

Keep the faith.
 

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Stephen said:
It's not the end of the world.

United lose. It's football. Take the rough with the good. We're out of the cup - ah well. There's always next year, the team will be older, stronger, more experienced.

Keep the faith.
And our record FA Cup wins will stay firmly intact and safe with the rest of the Big four out aswell!!!

Nice inspirational speech Stephen, I needed that!!!
 

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Stephen said:
It's not the end of the world.

United lose. It's football. Take the rough with the good. We're out of the cup - ah well. There's always next year, the team will be older, stronger, more experienced.

Keep the faith.
Well said Stephen. Life goes on. I was there and Im over it. Lets look towards
the next step and battle.
I agree with carly that this will hold us in good stead. Fergie will have laid
into the players and they wont want to feel that disappointment again.
The performances need to be better all around. The players know this and they
know its time to deliver. Ill be happy if we won a trophy because it will be
1 of the big 2. Our team is still young (generally) and will only get better.
 

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I would have thought the anniversary derby defeat was enough motivation to win all before them but yes I think the Portsmouth defeat will focus minds on the PL & CL. No more excuses for not winning the latter especially now we have arguably the strongest squad we have ever had and we dont have usual distraction of the Fa cup that causes Fergie to shuffle the pack perhaps too often.and for once we know Rooney can't bail us out even when playing unlike our previuos 5 defeats this season.

the double will do just fine!!!
 

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We're no arsenal, not going to bottle anything, clear road ahead in the league (stamford bridge permitting) and hopefully a favourable champs league draw this week with fenehrbace or schalke
 

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it shows that we may win some matches not playing at our best, but we would definitely lose some of them. we need to play at a higher level from now to the end of the season
 

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I suppose players can get complacent when they are winning all the time and perhaps a result like the one against Pompey can be used to motivate the players.

It's just that the phrase 'reality check' seems to come up whenever United lose a game. We've lost 6 games this season - they can't all have been 'reality checks'!!!

Losing is part of football - it happens even to the best teams in the World. When it happens you have to bounce back as quickly as possible. United rarely lose 2 games on the trot and I doubt we will this time.
 

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Every time United lose, and its about 4-5 unnecessary defeats a season, they come back after some teacups are thrown but it always comes around again, and again, and again.

United are victims of their own success basically. They go into many games believing its already won 3 points in the bag, another cup round past - yet time and time again, we get shown up and the ABU's have a field day for a few hours.

Until the players get it mentally right, we will continue to lose stupid games each season and I include the Manager in that. When he stops picking teams for the game AFTER next we will do better.

Bill Shankly once said that the most important game of his life was the next one - the one after that does not come into the equation. Thats why he was such a successful manager both at Huddersfield and at Liverpool. It is also why his successor was so successful too, he adopted the same policy.

United most important game is not Chelski away or Arsenal at home or who we draw on Friday - its Derby County and they are next.
 

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no man lol portmouth suck
No they don't mate.

They are a good side and pushing for a place in Europe this season.

They have an experienced manager in Harry Redknapp and he has spent well to establish a very strong side, both physically and ability wise.

Also, they beat us twice in the league last season ;)
 

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Keano4taoiseach said:
No they don't mate.

They are a good side and pushing for a place in Europe this season.

They have an experienced manager in Harry Redknapp and he has spent well to establish a very strong side, both physically and ability wise.

Also, they beat us twice in the league last season ;)

only once mate we beat them 3-0 at home;)
 

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Looking back on it now, things don't seem quite as bad. Obviously I'm disapointed to be out of the cup but if I had to chose which trophy I would want out of the League, Champions League and FA Cup, I would pick FA Cup last

1999 was a very special year to the club and if we ever were to repeat it again, we would need to be at the very top of our game.

All isn't lost of course, still going strong in both the league and in Europe. Let's just hope for a good draw tomorrow lunch time :D
 

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Red Devil said:
The wonders of modern edumacation!!! ;) Portsmouth are an excellent side.
No, they're not an excellent side either.

They are a good, very good side who can play football and are organised well. They may get a UEFA Cup spot this season and will probably win the FA Cup, however fortuitously.

Man Utd, Chelsea and Arsenal and perhaps Everton and Liverpool are the excellent sides in the Premier League.
 
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