The result might not have been ideal but John Carver’s honesty after the final whistle against Burnley was a welcome change.
United led three times in yesterday’s six goal thriller but the caretaker boss was quick to say that his players had been lucky to emerge with a point.
One of the first things supporters want is honesty and that is what we always used to get with Kevin Keegan and Sir Bobby Robson.
We’re not stupid, we can see when the team have played good football or not, the cast majority will acknowledge the times when you play well but don’t necessarily get the result.
What supporters can’t accept is when the manager thinks he can con them, which was all too often what happened with Alan Pardew’ often outrageous assessment of matches.
“We have actually got away with a point and we didn’t deserve it.
“Burnley should have won the game but I have got two positives; the forty five minutes in the first half, plus the fact that we haven’t lost the game.”
“They have caused us a lot of problems and I am sitting here disappointed, as we were so good in the first half but so poor in the second.”
Before the match John Carver talked about the invaluable five years he spent with Sir Bobby Robson and hoped to take that experience into yesterday.
The football might not have exactly been Sir Bobby at his best but certainly the honest assessment afterwards was much more the Geordie knight than our departing friend, Alan Pardew.