Torres' return should be celebrated

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When Fernando Torres rounded David De Gea at Old Trafford last Sunday, and passed up the opportunity of setting up a grand stand finish against Manchester United, I was left with a feeling that I'd been deprived.

It wasn't of not being able to witness a thrilling climax to an enthralling Barclays Premier League encounter, but not being able to see a player, who by his own admission had endured a torrid time, take another step towards recapturing his mojo.

Earlier, the Spaniard had shown us all glimpses of his undeniable ability, flicking in with aplomb following Nicolas Anelka's clever pass and then bringing the best out of De Gea after he'd sailed past Michael Carrick and Phil Jones.

But yet it was his glaring miss, with eight minutes left on the clock, that earned the most attention, and invariably, plenty of abuse.

Instead of using the moment to count their lucky stars, United's support decided to turn on Torres, using the opportunity not to lament their side's own static defending, but to target the born-again striker. A sad indictment of the average football supporter.


As a football fan, I find no greater pleasure than seeing a world class player at the top of their game against any side, and to see Torres, seemingly on the way back to his former self was as thrilling to watch as the absorbing contest at the Theatre of Dreams.

As supporters, we're all ambassadors for what Richard Scudamore, and many others call, the best league in the world. If so, why do we take such pleasure when one of our division's big hitters fails?

I appreciate, as opposing supporters, there is a relief that spills over into jubilation when an opposition player produces a gaff. However, what we saw at Old Trafford was ridiculing that was more than just plain teasing.

Such has been his horrendous run in front of goal that Torres had earned something of a reputation, so perhaps the reaction to yet another failure was expected.

However, I feel it was more than that. There appeared to be a genuine satisfaction in seeing a player, for a moment look the part, only to be shown up once again.

Torres' next opportunity to show his worth will be during the home game against Swansea City this Saturday, and despite Swans fans' dreams of a famous win in west London, let's hope that if they encounter defeat, they're able to at least enjoy 'El Nino' in full flight.

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