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Arsenal can finish top. I can't understand why people predict teams that haven't been nearly as impressive above them. They have all the quality people desire, they have good squad depth in most positions, and while they have conceded a few cheap goals, that tally would stand far below rivals.
The same principle applies with your Liverpool prediction, other than them being top.
After their displays against Manchester United and Arsenal, Everton should now rank above Southampton. It's hard to argue with the remainder of your table.
Manchester United have regressed under Moyes. His first mistake was replacing the backroom staff, as it's not practical to change the environment completely after so much previous success. You run the risk of demotivating the players.
He has also changed United's tactical set-up, making them much more rigid, less creative and more reliant on individuals, such as Wayne Rooney.
If Ferguson put Shinji Kagawa on the left wing, he would have the creative freedom to roam inside and interchange with players like Wayne Rooney. Evra could provide the width on the left, Carrick could drop back as a covering defender and Valencia or the right winger could take less risks going forward.
Every aspect of risk-taking has vanished under Moyes, and when teams challenge them like Cardiff did when packing five in midfield, they drop deeper. That is polar opposite to them under Ferguson.
Manchester United have to invest in January to compensate for their dismal summer transfer window and consequent poor start. If they don't finish in the top four, Moyes should be under pressure.
Giggs and Anderson can provide some semblance of creativity. We did play very well with Giggs and Jones in the middle. Rooney and RvP are just masking the problems we have. That's not good enough. We've become essentially a one man team with Rooney and are a 2 man team when RvP isn't injured. 2.5 if we have Carrick. Yes, we need to fix a lot of things in the squad, but Rooney and RvP can only take us so far, which is why I suggested a 4-3-3. Kagawa, RvP, Rooney up front with a 3 man midfield would probably be the best thing we can field at this moment. No formation would suit us without a top CM, Carrick included. He's a good CM he isn't a top CM. At most all we can do is flood the middle and make it more difficult for teams to dominate there.
Zaha is an option solely based on the fact that Young is shit. Valencia still has yet to find form and Nani is Nani. Of course we can play Kagawa and Januzaj, but if we're going to be playing terrible football I'd rather we play our younger players. Ronaldo was very raw when he joined us and Fergie just threw him into the deep end. Zaha isn't going to develop playing against U21 or Reserve teams. He was already one of if not the best player in the Championship last season.
Yeah it was a guess, but which player looks like they have confidence? I can only list a few: Januzaj, Rooney, Chicharito. That's it. Based on our last few performances, no one else has displayed any sense of drive or determination. Praised, sure, but so what? There's a difference between what is said to the press and what Moyes ACTUALLY does to motivate his players and his team. Championship winning mentality? That hasn't been present in our squad this season at all. Newcastle scored, and we didn't register a single shot the remainder of the match. This squad has yet to discover their winning mentality under Moyes.
Our squad, apart from some players does not have much quality at all no matter what Moyes says. Our wingers are lacking in quality, our CM's we don't even have to mention, and our CB's haven't necessarily done well have they.
Fair point about the continual sacking of managers. Why isn't the system the same is all I ask? Why change what worked last year? We've regressed tactically in a few short months (we've been regressing since Queiroz left really). It makes no sense to change THAT many things in this short a time period. Even Pep didn't change Bayern that much.
Well you know my stance, top 4 or he should be gone. Doesn't matter if we miss it by the skin of our teeth or if we miss it by a few or many points.
Based on the fact that they're both winners. Ole is the epitome of never giving up. He's pulled through for us so many times. Gary Neville would honestly be an upgrade of Round, his brother and any of the staff Moyes has brought. Neville isn't meant to be THE manager, he's supposed to be the assistant.
Moyes has made so many mistakes it's hard to even count now. The team aren't getting much blame from me and they shouldn't. Yes they haven't been playing well individually save a few players, but is it not the managers job to have HIS players perform and give it their all every match? Is it not the managers job to motivate his players to play at 100% of their abilities? Is it not the managers job to play the right players and give players a fair chance? We both know Cleverley and Welbeck only play because they're English. That's a load of rubbish. Is it not the managers job to ensure we play football in the right way, and use the right tactics? When ALAN PARDEW wins the tactical battle against us at Old Trafford, that's saying something. I can go on and on. The majority of the blame if not all of it falls on Moyes.
Is it ludicrous Abz? You tell me the things of note Moyes has done in his managing career (not as a player). He's kept Everton a perennial midtable club for 11 years. The ONLY trophy of note he has is the Community Shield which he won this season with us (he's got a Division 2 trophy). He's made the Champions League once in his career in 2004-2005, and the next season his squad were fighting against relegation. What else has he done exactly?
You know I've never been a fan of his appointment. What qualifications does he have to the United job? He's not a winner and he had no trophies worth mentioning when he was selected. Yes I understand SAF selected him but so what? SAF has made plenty of mistakes in his career. Just because he was selected by SAF doesn't mean he's qualified for the job. And if anything since he took over he has only time and again demonstrated his lack of qualifications for this job. You don't need me to list those examples.
So is it ludicrous? I don't think so.
And do you think we can get a result tomorrow? + What team would you play?
Well we lack creativity and we aren't really dangerous on the counter. I like the aggressive substitutions but Moyes needs to make aggressive tactics. Quick counters + Assuming control of the game (tough with our poor midfield).
We probably will perform better in the CL.It seems nobody except for Rooney knows how to kick when he's been knocked down, but we all knew he was a scrappy fighter haha. A win tomorrow or scoring a few goals would do wonders to do the confidence. Even if we draw we qualify for the champions league top of our group that'll have to give the players some confidence, especially since it wasn't an easy group.
I'm not sure how Moyes can improve the confidence of the team. He needs to start winning also for me personally when I have hard training regimes or a hard month coming up it lowers my confidence. Also with harder training regimes you get injured more... So perhaps Moyes letting up on the training a bit would do wonders for the team. Other than Anderson no one this year really needs to be fitter.
I'll back Moyes till he gets fired. Doesn't mean I don't want Klopp right now but I'll continue supporting Moyes and hope for his improvement until he gets fired.
I think we can definitely get a result tomorrow and the team i'd play is:
Rafael Evans Ferdinand Fabio
Cleverly or Anderson Jones
Nani Kagawa Januzaj
I get the feeling RVP was rushed back and he might be given a rest again. If he wasn't rushed back Rooney in midfield with RVP at the top. Kagawa does well in Europe and we are lacking the drive from midfield. So I'm not saying Kagawa is better than Rooney but rather we need his determination and drive in the midfield right now.
With that said I know we stand the possibility of losing Rooney because of this but with RVP back Rooney should be dropped into midfield until we reach the January window. We clearly need somebody who won't give up in the CM role. Also he's dangerous from their so it'll add to our overall potency. I think our best line up is or at least until Carrick comes back:
Rafael Evans Ferdinand Fabio
Nani Kagawa Januzaj
We have been losing our games in the midfield. If you remember the Newcastle game Jones and Cleverly would get the ball from our defence we'd be at the half way line and they'd pass it back and we would just move back and forth diagonally because no one knew what to do with it.
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Lacklustre performance we started quite well and attacking my opinion was that we had to score in the first 20 minutes because then the players and the fans will get the confidence to start getting back to form but we didn't(even though we started quite well) and we took too long to score and bam 1-0. Evra was absolutely exhausted there was once when he actaully walked to the player and the goal was his fault as first he lost the header and then he could barely run and sissoko outpaced him.
We have to pick up the pace and start showing good form otherwise we will miss even ending top 6 but i've said this a couple of time, there is a lot of easy matches coming up:
villa(awful form recently),West ham,hull,norwich,swansea. If we drop points out of these games I will seriously cry lol.
Yeah,Moyes should not start with the bullshit("I will sign the best the best players available")because the top players that we want to sign in january(like gundogan maybe) will think like this: What do manchester united have that the likes of City,Real,Barca don't?
We have shown great determination in europe and we can go to the quarter final or maybe even the semis but we won't go further as our squad is too average. Haha Fergie should teach them a lesson by giving them the classic hairdryer.
The only way to start getting the confidence is to just start winning. I'm on both sides actually,on the moyes out side and on the backing moyes side because I think if you usually want time to adjust you need to show glimpses that you are a talented manager and so far Moyes has shown nothing and signing a failed player for 27 million is not too good. If he does not start winning the games than that just proves that he is a mid table manager. Have you noticed that he actually smiles when he loses in his post match interviews but are you still backing moyes??
First off, it's about time Moyes realized we NEED to play a 4-3-3 at all times until we have 2 world class CM's that can play in a 4-2-3-1. At the moment we don't have any. Carrick is good, but he isn't world class.
The 4-3-3 gives us another man in midfield, because we're being overrun left right and center. The players for this: Jones as the anchor, Giggs as a CM, Rooney (ideally) as the other CM, if not Cleverley or Anderson.
We can play a fluid front 3 of any of the following: RvP/Nani/Kagawa/Januzaj/Zaha/Rooney if he's not in a CM role.
Confidence if part individual and part team based. If it seems the manager has no confidence in his players (which is what appears to be the case), the players aren't going to have much self belief. Motivation is severely lacking right now. Confidence starts at the top, Moyes isn't confident, the players aren't confident. SAF went into every match knowing we could win. Players fed off of that belief, but now it's not there anymore.
Moyes' comments to the press aren't helping at all. Transitional period my ass. Bayern, Barca, Madrid, City, Chelsea all have new managers. Where are they on the table? At the top or near it. We don't have to be at the top but 9th in December is unacceptable. If we don't get top 4 I'm of the opinion that Moyes has to be sacked. I'd rather see Solskjaer and G. Neville manage the team and have them bring back Rene, Carlos, etc if possible. Moyes has made too many mistakes. When SAF sacked his entire staff, it basically took him 5 years to "recover". That kind of time we don't have, not with Moyes who hasn't done anything of note in his career period.
I knew we wouldn't do good this season, but I didn't expect us to do THIS bad.
Confidence is the main problem now.
Yeah, no top player will want to join us, and if we want some solid players in we better be in the top4. No one believes that we are a world class side now.
In the UCL I think we can push a lot, we've been doing pretty good there for some reason. Heck, we owned Leverkusen, and Leverkusen> teams like Spurs, Everton, Liverpool...
Against SD yeah I'm sure we would do well, but I'm not sure if DM will want to go at it full force... We don't really need to . We can probably start Januzaj, Zaha, Chicharito, and van Persie (to bring him some momentum back). And maybe test Fabio.
Oh, OK;) Neither can I, I've ordered a lot of WWE stuff for Christmas(Sandow t-shirt, Shield hoodie and WWE 2K14!).
I want Randy to win, but I see another crappy screwjob finish.