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How twitter reacted to Friday Night ‘Flopball’ as United edged it

| 15.08.2015

Manchester United fans will be celebrating a perfect start to the new Premier League season after defeating Aston Villa 1-0, but they’ll be the only ones who mildy enjoyed a glimpse into next season’s planned Friday night coverage of the top flight.

The fixture originally scheduled for Saturday teatime was moved to the unusual Friday-night slot due to police resourcing issues, but while this is to be a one-off occurrence this season, a new TV deal for 2016/17 means it will become a regular thing.

Although Louis van Gaal’s men moved to the top of the standings and level with Arsenal at 5/1 for the title, it was a snore-fest for viewers with only three shots on target registered in the whole match.

Here’s how twitter reacted to the match which was also jeopardised by fans struggling to get down to Villa Park thanks to a jam on the M6:

The night started with plenty of enthusiasm around social media

But then the traffic problems started and became a theme for a congested match to come

This fan’s photo shows the nightmare that fans endured thanks to the motorway closure

West Ham reject and twitter bigwig Joey Barton was not overly enthused either

By the time the game reached half-time, Januzaj’s deflected goal aside, this tweet
from the boffins at WhoScored.com summed up Villa’s attacking threat

Things were not overly better for United and their out-of-sorts skipper
Wayne Rooney as a former Red Devils hero pointed out

One the full-time whistle has mercifully blown, the likes of the Sun have their
say on proceedings

This posting from Transfer Rumours captures a Telegraph headline which illustrates
perfectly the dullness of the game

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Christian Crowther

Give Christian a sport with anything remotely spherical in it and he’ll happily while away the hours watching it on the box. However, he’d much prefer writing about, playing or betting on golf, football, cricket, tennis, snooker.... you get the picture.