Was it the shock of Nani scoring a goal? Were the half-time prawn sandwiches a bit iffy? Or maybe some volcanic ash had descended on Old Trafford and made everyone a bit nauseous?
Whatever it was, the Old Trafford groundsman had more than just mud and sweat to clean up from the pitch after United’s 3-1 win over Spurs following Patrice Evra’s on-field vomiting ten minutes into the second half.
And with millions of people watching Evra’s, and later Nani’s, affliction was shared to the world thanks to the sharp focus of a TV camera – I’m glad I haven’t got HD.
It seems odd that most TV companies refuse to show pitch invaders, choosing instead to show clips of the corner flag or the subs warming up while the commentators talk about everything except the half naked man being rugby tackled by three stewards, but they will gladly show Evra bring up his lunch. It is just as well Carlo Ancelotti took his Chelsea players to the cinema on Saturday lunchtime instead of watching the game.
However, the Chelsea boss can’t get away from the fact a real life clash of the titans is going on at the top of the table, as United edged past Spurs to briefly top the league before Chelsea destroyed Stoke 24 hours later to reclaim top spot.
Before the game, many pundits were quick to point out how tough Stoke would be in an effort to hype up the match. But they neglected to point out that their side is over. With the Potters comfortable in mid-table and footballers being footballers, it is inevitable some of them will already be mentally on their summer holidays. Others will be looking to avoid injury so they can help their national team justify their World Cup online betting odds.
Chelsea’s next opponents won’t be, that’s for sure. I haven’t read the book but I’m pretty sure Liverpool’s position next week could be described as catch-22. Win and they will give their own European hopes a boost, but will also be handing United a record breaking 19th league title on a plate.
Lose and they can keep the league away from United’s grasp, but they could be overtaken by Everton, yes Everton. With Fernando Torres, who faces a race to be fit to play for World Cup favourites Spain, out for the season, the Reds could face a tough task.
That is enough to make any Liverpool fan feel queasy.