They were certainly sad scenes at Old Trafford at the weekend - and you do wonder where top-level football is going with this.
It’s easy to blame the Glazers, just as it’s easy to blame those who broke into Old Trafford. And when I say broke into the ground, did someone leave the door open for them? Hopefully not, but if so there’s real problems at Manchester United.
But I reckon we’re looking at two things here. Yes, people were p*ssed off by the whole European Super League thing, but I also reckon people are just getting frustrated they can’t go and support their team in person.
The games are still behind closed doors, even though 3,000 people can go to a rave in Liverpool and, in shopping centres all over the UK, people are queuing up and piling into their favourite store, but you can’t go to a football match.
Come on, let’s get these football grounds open and kick on. If you’ve got to show proof of having the vaccine or having a negative test - like the boys and girls did in Liverpool - then fine. But locking the fans out is not working - as Sunday showed us perfectly.
And you wouldn't mind if Man Utd were doing badly. They’re having a pretty decent season under Ole, but you can’t help thinking this wouldn't have happened under Fergie’s watch. They had far too much respect for him.
So where’s that respect now?
It’s certainly not for the Glazers, but let’s just make sure the game itself doesn’t suffer - because all eyes will be on the Etihad on Tuesday and Stamford Bridge on Wednesday for the crucial second legs of two crucial Champions League semi-finals.
No doubt security will be tight at both grounds - and that’s so sad to think about.
We should be thinking about Man City v PSG and Chelsea v Real Madrid. Four titans of the game, two great match-ups - and a real chance of an all-English final in the Champions League. In fact, that’s where I’m going with this week’s matches.
I think Pep and the boys should seal the deal against Mbappe and Neymar and the crew - and Chelsea should be too good for the Spanish side. Yes, they’ve got Ramos back but Varane’s missing - and Chelsea look at full strength now.
Kovacic might well be ready against his old club and him and Kante driving from midfield could just have Madrid at sixes and sevens. Those guys feeding the ball into Mount, then Havertz and Werner, should get them home.
So, I’m going for a Chelsea v Manchester City final in the Champions League in Istanbul on May 29 when, hopefully, fans of both clubs get a chance to cheer their side on. If not, let’s make this match the last time fans are kept away. It’s beyond a joke now.
Talking of Man City v Chelsea they play each other in the Premier League this weekend - and the way Tommy Tuchel handled City in the FA Cup semis suggests the Londoners can frustrate City’s coronation as champions at the Etihad.
Mr TT is rotating well and they are finishing the season strongly - and surely well enough to grab third from Leicester, who they play in the FA Cup Final next week. Blimey, there’s some games ahead for the boys from the Bridge!
Check out my predictions below.
The world’s best golfers are building up to the next major - the US PGA Championship at with Kiawah Island (May 20-23) - with the Wells Fargo Championship.
It’s a top-class field for Quail Hollow and it’s likely to be another close finish at the North Carolina course - this tournament loves a play-off.
Defending the title is Max Homa. They didn't play the Wells Fargo last year, but Homa won in 2019, Jason Day in 2018 - and Max has got to be a leading contender again. He’s playing some of the best golf of his life just now.
He finished close up in the Valspar Championship won by a favourite of ours Sam Burns and should go well again this week.
Home heads Vinnie’s Three Off The Tee along with Big Bad Bryson De Chambeau, who likes this course, and that consistent lefty Brian Harman.
The European Tour remains in the Canaries with the Canary Islands Championship at Golf Costa Adeje in Tenerife - and expect some low scores. Indeed expect a birdie-fest at one of the shortest courses they use. Bryson would have a field day!
Heading Vinnie’s Three Off The Tee here are Adrian Otaegui, Laurie Canter and Eddie Pepperell. Otaegui and Canter can both shoot low on their day, while Eddie is what golf commentators might call a mercurial talent - and yes, you f*ckers, I can spell it!
Vinnie’s best bets
Manchester City v Paris St-Germain MAN CITY WIN
Chelsea v Real Madrid CHELSEA WIN
Leicester City v Newcastle United DRAW
Leeds United v Tottenham Hotspur LEEDS WIN
Sheffield United v Crystal Palace PALACE WIN
Manchester City v Chelsea CHELSEA WIN
Liverpool v Southampton LIVERPOOL WIN
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Brighton BRIGHTON WIN
Aston Villa v Manchester United DRAW
West Ham United v Everton EVERTON WIN
Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion ARSENAL WIN
Fulham v Burnley FULHAM WIN
Wells Fargo Championship
Bryson De Chambeau
Canary Islands Championship
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