It’s disappointing when former highly talented players become bitter as they age. Although he spent his best years in the blue of Manchester City, Mike Summerbee was a close friend and business partner of Manchester United icon George Best while he was also widely respected by most red fans. He now sadly seems to have developed a huge chip on his shoulder as he attacked the British media by claiming that it’s biased against his old club. That was just a few days after an embarrassing performance on Sky TV following United’s 2-1 win over City in which he confessed that “I did lose my temper a little bit”. Was that simply the frustration of yet another defeat at the hands of a hated rival or was it reflecting the strongly held bitterness felt by so many City fans?
Premier League giants did not quite slip on the Crawley Town banana skin but they certainly had a few stumbles. The non league minnows put up a brave performance going down to the lone Wes Brown 28 minute header at Old Trafford but only the width of the crossbar prevented what would have been a deserved, injury time equaliser. In the end, an under strength United survived the tie to go through to the FA Cup quarter Finals.
Sir Alex Ferguson is determined not to allow little Crawley Town any chance of causing an upset against Manchester United in the fifth round FA Cup tie at Old Trafford on Saturday. Together with his assistant Mike Phelan, the wily manager was at Wrexham on Tuesday to check on the non league side ahead of the game. Top of their list of things to see was 28 goal hotshot Matt Tubbs, with Fergie confessing that “A lot of people are talking about these boys – I thought I’d take a look for myself.”