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6 Reasons United Were So Bad At Anfield

It was painful, shambolic and wildly frustrating. United were well and truly beaten at Anfield and in truth, there can be no real complainsts. Well, there can be one: Jamie Carragher should have seen red for his outrageously bad tackle on Nani. If he had walked, it could have been a different game, yes.

However, that is not the point. We were poor and we need to address that. It has been a poor week in general with two consecutive defeats in the league for the first time since 2009. What is going wrong at the moment?

Midfield Combination
Fletch's form has been poor

Somewhat surprisingly, Fergie plumped for Carrick and Scholes for the Liverpool encounter. I know Carrick is getting picked for a lot of big games recently but I felt we needed more a battler in there for this encounter. When on the front foot and controlling the game, these are probably the best two we could have picked, as they can dictate the tempo and test the opposition defence with probing balls. However, neither are the best defensively and Liverpool stole a march here. Fletcher should have played in my book, although his form hasn’t exactly been inspiring either.

Can’t Over Depend on Giggs/Scholes

These two United legends have been digging United out of holes for years. I remember reading Keane’s biography and him saying there was a feeling in the team at one stage that when they went behind it didn’t matter as someone like Giggsy would bail them out of trouble. Like it or not, this is not the case with these two any more. There are still quality players and will bring undoubted quality to United and will continue to do so even next season but they are not the forces they once were. Giggs and Scholsey were both quite poor against Liverpool in my opinion and it pains me to say that.

First Choice Defensive Partnership

When we are without the partnership of Vidic and Ferdindand, we look a different side at the back. When both of them are absent, we are in trouble. It wasn’t all down to the central defensive partnership at Anfield, but Dirk Kuyt will never score an easier hat trick in his life. Smalling will be world class and Brown is a solid player when fit but they didn’t look entirely comfortable when put under pressure. The return of Vidic will help us here greatly.

Away Form Just Not Good Enough

United have won just four games away from home in the Premier League this season. That is the lowest total of the top 5 in the league. It shouldn’t be a surprise then that when we come up against two decent teams away from home on the trot, that we are beaten. Admittedly, we were massively unlucky to not come away from Chelsea with at least a point but that doesn’t hide the poor away form that has been evident all season. 

Need More Creativity

Much has been spoken about the need for a creative midfielder. It has been the one position consistently identified by puntits and fans as somewhere where United need to recruit in. Some have argued against this but I believe we do need someone in the role to be brought in. We just don’t look dangerous enough at times coming from central positions and over-rely on our wingers (Nani). A Modric/Sneijder type player would suit us perfectly I feel or maybe even Tom Cleverley’s return if he can step up the level at the pace required. Either way, we need a creative midfielder.

Strike Force

Rooney Shouldn't be Deployed on Left

Fergie knows infinitely more than me about what system to deploy but Rooney on the left simply doesn’t work for me. Berbatov is quality but can blow hot and cold. I think it is time to give Hernandez a run in the side and see what comes of it. He is scoring fairly regularly at the minute and looks dangerous. This is obviously dependant on the system employed but he gives us that something different. There have been signs of Rooney coming abck to some form but he was disappointing at Anfield on Sunday. The sooner he is back to the form of a year ago, the better.

It is Not All Bad

Is this a vintage United side? Probably not. Are there frailties within the team? Absolutely. Yet, I still think we will win the league. There are plenty of positives to draw on too. Our home record is outstanding, we have plenty of quality throughout the squad with some outstanding players with Antonio Valencia is basically back too. We are top of the league, going nicely in Champions League and FA Cup so there is plenty to smile about. These are just some observations.

What are your thoughts?

Submitted by Glory Glory Man Utd



  1. Lee

    March 8, 2011 at 9:37 am

    I agree united have had there time at the top and are looking more and more like there time at the top is fast coming to an end. YNWA

  2. Dude

    March 8, 2011 at 9:39 am

    You missed the most glaring reason.

    You just couldn’t handle Suarez. He’s in a different league to what United have faced this season.

    Maybe Carragher should have gone but so should have Rafael. When Gerrard got sent off by Howard Webb in the cup, the tackle was nowhere near as bad as Rafaels.

  3. Donk

    March 8, 2011 at 9:42 am

    It would not have changed the game if Jamie Carragher got a red as a few moments later Raphael tried to chop Lucas in half.
    Theres not 6 reasons only 1 and yhat is that you were played off the pitch….YNWA

  4. Damo

    March 8, 2011 at 9:45 am

    Of course if you’re going to complain about cards not given, Rooney shouldn’t have been playing for his elbow on McCarthy. By the way, we were winning 2-0 by the time of Carra’s tackle, so would it have changed much? Who can say, what is certain is that Utd were outplayed, outfought and Fergie got his tactics wrong

  5. u chat poo

    March 8, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Rafaels challange was probly the worse 1 of the day, but people r forgetin about the satmp on rafaels thigh 2 seconds before and I’ve carra would of seen red the game wuld of changed so how u say yeah carra shuld of gone but so shuld rafael, common knowlage of the game tells us that if carra wuld of went then rafa wuld not of made that challange typical fickle liverpool fans, I accept we were beaten and beaten well, but if the shoe was on the other foot u wuld be cryin till the end of the season, bitter redshite

  6. dale

    March 8, 2011 at 9:59 am

    For all the dissection, the simple reason they lost was Fergies disasterous decision to go 442 and go for the win at Anfield. Quite simply he wanted to outclass, overrun, embarrass Liverpool, It was a tactical misjudgement as weaker manu teams have won at Anfield against better liverpool teams.

  7. Matt

    March 8, 2011 at 10:22 am

    Lets start off with some facts.

    Rooney shouldn’t have played against Chelsea and Liverpool due to the elbow.

    Carra should have been sent off.

    So should Maxi and Rafael. Maxi nearly planted his studs into Rafael’s knee just before his challenge on Lucas.

    If Carra was sent off, Rafael probably wouldn’t have challenged Lucas that way as the game would have changed and his temper might have not been tested.

    That being said, we were outplayed, we gifted goals cheaply.

    There’s no real backup bar Smalling at the back. Our midfield is shit, and we cannot keep relying on Veterans. Fergie is stubborn and should sit Rooney on the bench till he realises that he doesn’t have a god given right to start every game.

  8. GMO Abuja NIgeria

    March 8, 2011 at 10:44 am

    i agree with u Glory you are a really analyst the above mentioned problem are what lead to our defeat at Anfield… we need a creative midfielder like, Lucas Modric/Sneijder/Pastore… we should go out of England and look for best creative England….

  9. Bobby

    March 8, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Dude and Donk even as you want to wish that Raffael should have been sent off then are you also acknowledging that Rodriguez and Suarez should have been sent off also?

  10. jay z

    March 8, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Did anyone also notice Van Der Sar elbowing Kuyt as he raced to the refree to complain about the first goal?? That was a red card as well

  11. jay z

    March 8, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Also, liverpool were winning 2-0 when caragher made the tackle. And remmeber when Gerrard was sent off at old trafford? They still held on for most of the match without conceding so Im pretty sure a ten man liverpool at Anfield could hold on against Man U who were lacking creativity.

    Also, get proper full backs. Rafale keeps forgetting hes a defender and goes into tackles like a headless chicken, and did Evra even play?

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  13. John Tring

    March 8, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Here are my 6 reasons why Utd won’t win anything this season ( I said at the start of the season, now reconfirming only):
    1. Ferguson
    2. Carrick
    4.Van Der Sar
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    11. Bebe

    Oh, I was meant to have 6 reasons but could not decide on the worst 6. This Utd side is the worst in recent memory and Ferguson is well past his sell-by date. Only Rooney,Vidic, Hernandez, Nani and Evra should be at Utd next season.

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