It really depends, sometimes i am Nemanja Vidic and sometimes i'm just another commenter.
I love Manchester United more than anything in the world.
Sucks that you're going to be on and off for the next few months...
Anyway on Olympiakos, I pretty much agree on all points. The biggest gripe for me was the lack of movement, both on the ball and especially off the ball. Every time we had the ball our players just stood around like statues waiting for a pass.
Hopefully this game reconfirmed for Moyes that he can't rely on the Vidic/Ferdinand partnership. I mean, what was he thinking playing them twice together in a span of 3 days...?
I agree on Young. After showing the kind of player he could be for us during our good run of form before the Christmas period, he's now gone back to being the player SAF turned him into. It's sad really because I think he's so much more effective cutting inside rather than sticking to the touchline. It has to be a conscious decision from Moyes for him to play like this again. He's still doing better than Valencia though, who has just been awful.
RvP needs to get back in form or we need to drop him for Hernandez for a few games. He's been missing way too many opportunities for a player of his calibre. It's a tough decision though, because RvP is a bit of a momentum player who needs to be on a roll to keep rolling, but I would rather give him the last 20-30 mins of a game to get that momentum going instead of letting him start every match.
Which kind of brings me to my next point, where is the squad rotation? How can a top level manager with a squad as big as ours not rotate more players between 2 games in a span of 3 days? It's just mind-blowing that he would put out nearly the same squad for both games...
Since we're on the issue of Moyes, my main issue with him is that he doesn't seem to be progressing or giving us hope. At this point it's nearly blind faith to believe in him, and I'm not the kind of person who usually does that. I need to be able to envision a scenario in which success is a reality, and with Moyes I just can't see that. Even if we had the best players in the world in our squad, I think the only way we'd be winning games is through the players' brilliance and not through Moyes' tactics. If he would at least be giving me something to be hopeful about (and a one-off game against CP doesn't count) then I'd much more willing to give him time, but as it stands I can't support the man as our manager.
Hey man, you still around?
Copy/paste analysis. Let me know what you thought about the game.
Hard fought draw? Check!
That was embarrassing. I now want Moyes out, this was the final straw. Our entire game plan was cross, cross, cross, and when in doubt, cross. It was disgusting to see.
You know what the real kick I get out of this is? We had plenty of decent crosses today, but our players in the box were always either asleep or out of position. Whenever a good cross came it seemed like all our players decided to swarm the opposite side of where it was dropping. Terrible.
I feel sorry for Mata. He's a class player, and he's still bagging the assists, but this is just ridiculous. He is the epitome of the modern playmaker, yet all we do is play him as a winger. Then when he has an opportunity to play through the middle, we quickly kill that chance off so we can revert to having 2 strikers up top.
People are saying Adnan really made a difference when he came on, but truthfully for me, it just seemed like the Fulham defenders were losing concentration. Either that or Chicharito's clever movement was drawing them away from where they were supposed to be, but I didn't feel like Januzaj offered much more down the left then Young did, who had a pretty decent game.
Speaking of Young, I felt he should have cut inside more to take some long shots, but almost every time he had the ball 2 defenders were cutting off that space for him to run into.
RvP had a pretty poor game by his standards. Rooney I felt was rather poor too, and he played his role rather oddly today. Usually he plays like something of a deep CAM, but today he tried to be level with van Persie for long periods of time. He hasn't done this since earlier in the season, and I don't like seeing that habit return. Without him supporting the midfield we had nobody to carry the ball forward, which may help explain our 6 billion crosses compared to the 3 billion we usually send.
One thing I hate about Rooney as our CAM is that almost never drifts wide to overload the wings and create passing triangles between himself and our wide men. When Kagawa plays centrally (and I'm assuming when Mata does he will too) he always does and it makes our wing a much more potent avenue to attack. With Rooney playing our wide men are completely isolated, having to rely solely on their FB/winger to provide a passing option. I saw Young with absolutely nobody to pass to on several occasions because Evra was being tracked and marked. Rooney needs to support them when that happens and provide the extra passing route. Mata did it on occasion (drifting to the left), and that's when we looked most likely to do some damage.
Fletcher didn't have such a great day today, but Carrick stepped it up offensively. Defensively he wasn't tested much, but he didn't really impress me. Fletcher didn't live up to my expectations in either regard, but that's okay, everyone is entitled to an off day.
Vidic didn't seem to trust Smalling and Rafael at all. For both goals he had moved right to support Smalling/Rafael (which should have been Fletch/Carrick's job) and left his side way open. At least I think it was both goals, by the second one I was just laughing because the game played out pretty much exactly how I thought it would.
All in all, let's hope Arsenal doesn't embarrass us. They'll be looking to bounce back after that mauling at the hands of Liverpool, and we're as good a punching bag as any these days. #MoyesOut
You're leaving now :(
Hey, how did your event in New Zealand go?
What'd you think of that Stoke game? Moyes has pretty much broken my faith at this point. He has the pieces to play a good, modern game but he insists on playing a 4-4-1-1. Why sign Mata if he only wants to do the same thing to him that he did to Kagawa...
Anyway, what's your lineup/prediction for the Fulham game?
BTW Vidic has confirmed he's leaving in summer. That's a real bummer, but at the same time I'm really glad. He's definitely on the decline now, but he hasn't been anywhere near bad for us. We'll always remember him as our fearsome captain who lead from the back, our beast CB. He isn't giving himself the opportunity to tarnish his legacy in any way (like Rio, Scholes and Giggs have to an extent, they're still legends but they've just gone on too long). It also makes it easier for Moyes to restructure the team without upsetting fans. He now has to pick a new captain, and he has to get CB replacements. I think this was the best time for our captain to leave, and I wish him all the best.
That game against Stoke... Was a total pain to watch...
1. Jones and Evans are out now... Gosh, I hope the injuries aren't serious, because we will only be left with Vidic, Ferdinand, and Smalling in CB!
2. Welbeck played absolutely terribly. He was always out of position, and he was never alert for the ball even when the ball was played towards him from guys like Young or Mata. His first touch! Why is it so dang heavy....
3. I wonder why Moyes played Welbeck behind van Persie and not Mata.... I would rather see Mata do better in the #10 and Welbeck do bad in the wings that what happened today. We couldn't create anything through the middle, and even when Welbeck tried to contribute in attack he could not.
4. Carrick was pretty bad, he couldn't keep anything going right. He lost the ball too many times and was shaky pretty much the whole game. He couldn't get an offense going nor could he keep possession of the ball in midfield. Same goes with Cleverley, he wasn't trying to set up attacks at all.
This was a game we should have won, but.... God
Oh god, looks like Evans is out...
What do you think of the starting XI?
Hey, did you see the game? If you did, what'd you think?