Manchester United fans cheers for Danny Welbeck as his mis-controls the ball
How football journalism works: the Dail Mail v the Daily Star Sun. Last night Manchester United lost 2-1 to Arsenal in the FA Cup. Danny Wellbeck, formerly of United, scored the winning goal.
Neil Ashton is dishing out points in the Daily Mail:
Danny Welbeck: Kept his composure to put Arsenal back in front when her took the ball round De Gea with class and conviction. Good on him for that. 8
That’s the game’s highest score.
In the Daily Star, Jeremy Cross saw a different Wellbeck:
Welbeck struggled to make an impact… The first pass he received was badly mis-controlled and the same happened the next one he got…
Maybe Neil Ashton is trolling? As he wrote previously:
Life would be easier if I followed the golden rule – give the highest mark to the player who scored the winner, or set it up – and you won’t get clubbed to death on Twitter.
But so good was Wellbeck that all the Manchester United fans cheered him off. Well, so says Martin Samuel in the Daily Mail:
The locals will not begrudge Welbeck his moment either, or resent his celebration. They did not want him to leave and confirmed that support by applauding him all the way to the bench when he was replaced by Olivier Giroud after 72 minutes
Neil Curtis in the Sun heard other noises:
Even the Arsenal fans gave him some generous applaus after initial boos
David McDonell in the Mirror also used two ears:
Welbeck was treated to a mixture of boos and cheers from United fans…
Such are the facts in the tabloids. And in the more high-brow newspapers, the facts are even more challenged. The Times tells us that 8 is better than 7:
Football used to be just about the scoreline…