Manchester United's defeat to Burnley last night has given all of United's opponents an opportunity to blast United's ambitions of winning the Premier League title for a fourth consecutive season.
Article after article, I'm reading some of these lines again and again.
"Ferguson got his team wrong"
"Owen is useless"
"Berbatov is a waste of money"
"Now they're nothing without Ronaldo"
Some suggest Sir Alex Ferguson rotated his team too much, in what was only the second game of the season. He replaced Micheal Carrick, Anderson, Ryan Giggs, Ji Sung Park, and Micheal Owen with the likes of Darren Fletcher, Paul Scholes, Nani, Luis Antonio Valencia, and Dimitar Berbatov.
Now, you might say, there's a valid point here. I think not.
Giggs actually had a great game, unfortunately for him because United lost and it went unnoticed.
You don't have to score to have a great game.
Anderson showed last season and even in preseason that he is more than capable of taking up a place in United's midfield.
Micheal Carrick is arguably the best "passer" in English Football today.
You could have question marks hanging over Park—he's not the best footballer in the World but what he gives you is commitment and United can use somebody like him on the pitch.
United's problem last night certainly wasn't creating chances.
Oh no, no, no!
The Red Devils created many chances last night, the finishing touch just wasn't there.
It was just one of those nights.
To anyone who says "United missed Ronaldo", I'd say "Mate, did you actually watch the game?"
Now to Micheal Carrick's penalty.
Personally, it was more a case of a fine save by Jensen more than an awful take by Carrick.
Who should take penalties?
Micheal Carrick, I'd tell you, is more than capable of taking spotkicks for United.
Who isn't allowed to miss one?
Didn't Cristiano Ronaldo miss penalties?
West Ham, Barcelona, Chelsea. These are just a few of the ones that Ronaldo failed to hit the back of the net with.
However, the likes of Nani, Anderson, Micheal Owen, Ryan Giggs and even Wayne Rooney could take them instead of Carrick.
Micheal Owen missed a dolly last night, a header that he really should've scored with and the skies came crashing down.
Owen didn't have the best game ever.
Who isn't allowed to have a bad night?
Didn't Ronaldo have bad nights, where he simply didn't turn up?
Anybody who doubts the quality of one of England's best ever finishers is a merely a fool, yes, his standard has dropped owing to injuries but given a bit more playing time, he will pick up.
As for Berbatov, he came on from the bench and immediately created a decent chance for himself only to be denied Jensen.
The Bulgarian scored 14 goals in all competitions last season, often match-winning goals, when United won 1-0 against Boro or Bolton or 2-1 against Newcastle.
14 goals. A decent return but not nearly enough for a Manchester United's Number 9.
If Berbatov was ever to show his worth, this is the season for him to do it.
I think everybody's being a bit too critical of Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United to be honest.
All big teams slip up, every now and then, Man United are no different. Burnley were purely fantastic on the night, they played with their hearts on their sleeves and deserved the win.
Whether it's a 1-1 draw to Newcastle or Portsmouth or losing to Manchester City, United haven't really had the perfect start but if you can go on and win the league, it will be forgotten.
It's not the end of Manchester United, they are traditionally slow starters, every single season, United doesn't have the most amazing start, we go to Christmas around third or fourth and pick up pace from there, while the others have ran out of gas.
Don't you write off Manchester United just yet, folks.
Here's Legendary Salaar (TM) signing off saying, "Tomorrow's another day."
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