When people email, text and Tweet me that Rafa was definitely wrong to take off Torres at Birmingham, I ask “how do you know?”
There’s a chance that this wonderful striker, who was clearly tired and not really in the game, could have pulled a rabbit out of the hat, as he did at Villa.
There’s also a chance that he might not – as was the case at Wigan, when he stayed on and missed good chances.
And there’s a chance that, given he was clearly leggy after a tough shift in Portugal, and given his problems this season (not to mention how injuries occur more readily to tired, over-stretched players), he might have pulled a muscle.
Then where would we be?