Archive for September, 2007

Carling Crap

Posted on September 27, 2007  by Stretford-end  in Man United   No Comments »
Carling Crap

A blessing is disguise or an embarrassment?  What do you reckon?  Losing to a championship side 2-0 at home who are off the back of a 4-1 drumming by Ipswich is pretty bad, but do we really care about this defeat?

When I heard the scoreline and result, I was gutted.  I felt that this could be a great opportunity for Nani, Anderson, Pique and Evans to get some first team football against decent opposition and prove to themselves and to the gaffer why they should be in the first team.  The Times reported “Anderson didn’t even look like a £20,000 player let alone a £20 Million player”.  Ok, maybe we haven’t paid that much but you get the point.  Anderson has played 3 times for us so far and he hasn’t impressed on any of those occasions.  Of course he needs time to settle, as it is obvious the lad has talent and most importantly potential.  But say we get to the semi-final again against an experienced Milan side, will he be ready to set up to the grade if called upon?  These games where vital for him to learn his trade because after all he is still only 19.

Of course the crazy London frenzy has started (again) regarding the “amazing” talents of Arsenal.  Arsenal play some great football and have a number of talented an excited youngsters, but don’t you think it’s all so over hyped?  Fabregas is playing excellent this season and along with Micah Richards has been the shining star of this season so far.  He has raised his game by 3 levels in my opinion.  But all the media frenzy was concentrating on Fergie being “Jealous” this morning of Arsene Wenger because we can’t compete with their youngsters.  To me thought it seems like Arsenal have been baning on about their youngsters since 2005, surely that doesn’t make them youngsters anymore??  Maybe Arsene Wenger is jealous of Sir Alex as he won the Premiership last season or maybe because he has won two European trophies with United (Arsene Wenger holds the record for the only manager to have lost all three European Cup finals)?

To conclude – I’m gutted about going out of the League cup as it would provide a platform for our youngsters and fringe players to perform and show their worth.  Are they not good enough?  Or did they just have an off day?  I would suggest the latter as how can you judge a team on one game?  The Times report a “lack of cohesion between the player” – what do you expect for a team that hasn’t played much football together.  Fergie had every right to be fuming at the display as we where second to everything.  But to conclude that the players simply aren’t good enough after one 3rd round League cup match is quite pathetic logic.

Pique was disappointing last night in the 2-0 defeat.
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Moaning Chelski

Posted on September 25, 2007  by Stretford-end  in Man United   6 Comments »
Moaning Chelski
I believe the 2-0 victory over Chelski was fully deserved and I don’t believe we were given enough credit for our level of performance. Even before Mikel was sent off for a rash challenge on Evra, we dominated proceedings. Rooney went so close early on to scoring a quite remarkable goal, only to be denied by the brilliance of Cech. When did Chelski threaten? Down the left a couple of times with Malouda and Cole, but that was due to the fact that Ronaldo doesn’t really defend and it resulted in a cross to no-body. I don’t think you could actually say Chelski had a clear cut chance, with Shevchenko coming the closest by blazing it over the bar.
The Mikel sending off was harsh, I agree with Fergie on that one. But surely Chelsea can’t argue that fact as Joe Cole stayed on for what can only be described as an ankle breaking challenge on Ronaldo. It was horrendous. Cole was also at the center of the first penalty claim in the first half – which was a penalty that wasn’t given. Cole clearly caught Evra before getting anywhere near the ball.
Michael Carrick and Wayne Rooney where outstanding throughout the game. Carrick’s range of passing was sublime along with the work rate and determination of Rooney. I have no doubt that the score would remain the same had Mikel stayed on the pitch. Our season has finally started and we can only go on to play even better football and get greater results.
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Saha for a first team start?

Posted on September 23, 2007  by Stretford-end  in Man United   No Comments »
Saha for a first team start?

Louis Saha targets a first team start, is one of the news stories that caught my eye today. Saha is defending the fact that he rarely gets a starting berth due to the number of injuries he has. Why would Fergie play an injured player? He wouldn’t. At the end of the day, no player wants to be injured, regardless of what us fans think of them. Louis Saha is a very talented player and although we did try and offload him in the summer, I believe he can play a vital role for us this season. He was magnificent until he got injured last year, lets hope he can just steer clear of injuries and thus prove to be a good player for us.

Rio Stanind on Louis toe.
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Concerned about our play?

Posted on September 18, 2007  by Stretford-end  in Man United   No Comments »

We’ve won the last 3 games 1-0 and received some criticism regarding our performances. I would hardly call it Catennacio or (even more worryingly) Chelski’s style of play – but something is missing from our swashbuckling displays of last season where we simply blew away a number of teams because they just could not compete with us. Have teams become even more defensive against us or have we been wasteful in front of goal? I think it could be a bit of both. Firstly, any team visiting Old Trafford will usually play with one man up top and try to hit us on the counter attack. This allows us to play higher up the pitch, so Vidic and (most usually) Ferdinand can progress forward. The movement of Ronaldo, Rooney and Giggs was vital to our progression last season and I don’t believe it is any coincidence that we have suffered because of Rooney and Ronaldo’s absence.

Tevez has come under a lot of criticism also with his hardly electrifying performances. I believe that he needs more time to settle into the team. I really don’t think we can judge him too soon. He really will be an excellent signing even if he has yet to score. The addition of Ronaldo and Rooney to the starting lineup will surely take a lot of the pressure off him to perform and will be grateful for the movement and athleticism that both players bring to the fold.

So are you concerned by the recent performances (even though we have averaged 60% of the ball)? Are you worried that our recent trend of 1-0 victories will be something of the future? And lastly do you believe that Tevez will fit into the fold or do you think his purchase was a big mistake? We look forward to hearing from you either in the comments section or via e-mail (info@stretford-end.com).

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