Gini Wijnaldum reflected after two goals in a 5-1 win over a Tottenham side destined for the Champion League and declared ‘I score goals but they don’t have any meaning any more because we are already relegated.’
The Dutch international scored his 10th and 11th goals of the season but it was a hollow feeling for Wijnaldum and ultimately a hollow victory for the team – very much a case of what might have been.
The former PSV Captain felt it was ‘the best performance from us this season’ because for once the team did it throughout the whole 90 minutes.
At 2-1 down when Mitrovic go sent off, you could have usually expected United to fold but instead…they went on and scored another three without reply, running out commanding 5-1 winners.
Wijnaldum finds it hard to take because it ‘makes it so strange because I never played before in this kind of situation’, having been used to the top end of the table in Holland.’
Like many of the players on show today, including/especially Wijnaldum, we wonder if they will still be here come August 6 when the Championship kicks off.
Gini Wijnaldum speaking to the official club website:
“I think it was the best performance from us this season because we played a good first half and a good second half.
“Normally it is a good first half or a good second half but today it was the whole game.
“It is difficult to be happy because we are relegated – normally after a winning game you are happy but now it is strange to be happy because if you look at the whole season we lose.
“It’s too late. If we had that before…that we were not beaten six times in a row, or longer, we had a better chance to survive. We didn’t do good as a team and that is why we were relegated.”
‘Your 10th goal of the season, you must be pleased to pass that landmark?’
“Yes, of course, especially in your first season if you can score 11 goals it gives you confidence but I am devastated my goals didn’t help the club to survive.
“That is the feeling that I have right now and it is the feeling that will stay for a long time.
“It is difficult to be happy if you are relegated, I score goals but they don’t have any meaning any more because we are already relegated.
“That makes it so strange because I never played before in this kind of situation.
“It is a big win against Tottenham but I am still not happy because we were relegated.”
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