Before kick off I wrote:
I bet Ferguson is quaking in his boots! Remember Peters, remember Brooking, remember Bonds, remember Carrick, remember Joe Cole, remember Yossi Benayoun, remember Van der Elst, remember Fat Frank Lampard, remember Liam Brady...well Specs joins the midfield pantheon tonight!
And here we are at half time, with West Ham leading 2-0 and with Spector the scorer of both goals! Now I could claim to be a genius here but I was, of course, being sarcastic! And amazingly, if not for a linesman's flag, Spector would have bagged a first half hat trick!
And this isn't a fluke either. Spector's driving runs have been like a knife through the heart of the Man Utd midfield and defence. We have seen him do it before, charging forward from full back. Remember against Burnley (I think), when he won a penalty? Remember the swashbuckling charges forward in the final weeks of last season. As a defender the guy is shit, but with the ball at his feet, he looks a half decent player. Watching tonight, you have to wonder why Parker has been keeping him out of the team!
His first goal was superb. A lovely cross from Obinna, and a delicious header from Spector, who had ghosted, Peters like, into space. The second was even better. Spector carried the ball from the half way line, unselfishly released the ball to Obinna on the edge of the box and then, when the ball broke loose, had the speed of thought and composure to get to the ball first and then bury the chance, left footed. Di Canio couldn't have bettered it!
And it was so nearly 3-0! Another fantastic driving run from Spector, another pass to Obinna, a crisp strike from Obinna and gooooooaaaaaaalllllllll! Clattenburg gave it and was back on the half way line before he realised his assistant had flagged. But what for? Obinna was outside the box! But replays showed Spector had continued his run and the ball deflected off him into the net!
It is too early to be cocky. In fact a 3-2 win for the Mancs might still be a reasonable bet, but for 45 minutes we have turned the football world upside down! I don't care that this is Man Utd's reserves, look how many players we are missing!
Spector's half but Upson, Tomkins, Boa, Green and Obinna have all played with distinction too, and I loved the way Ben Haim took out Fabio and Boa cleaned him up a couple of minutes later. He knows he is in a game!
What can go wrong from here? Man Utd substitutions? A Faubert cock up? Or Clattenburg abandons the game because of snow!