City Expose United & Fergie Better Sort The Problems Out Fast

By on October 24, 2011

So, I woke at 5am on a beautiful Sunday in northern California to watch the most eagerly awaited derby games in years. My prediction was a 0-0 draw, with both teams playing 4-5-1 in a boring stalemate of a game.

I predicted this because City just scraped past Villarreal and United were truly awful in Europe, and against Norwich and Liverpool. With our form gone and I expected Sir would make it a tight affair so that we lose no more ground on our noisy neighbours.

When I saw the team-sheets all hope of 0-0 vanished as United put Fletcher and Anderson in midfield meaning we had width but no control. In my view a crazy formation against a top side, letting them run at our defence facing Rio (who on current form would be lucky to get a game for Chicago in the MLS) and with Vidic dropped after his recent return to Torres level form, being replaced by the hapless Evans who is always an accident waiting to happen. And so it proved.

Nani and Young flattered to deceive, Rooney dropped deeper and deeper, his ever decreasing form apparent as he moves towards the pre-Christmas performances of last season, and Anderson and Fletcher playing headless chickens in midfield, all energy, no skill, a repeat of Barcelona at Wembley.

So City scored, and United had no real efforts on goal in the first half of the game – no surprise.

At halftime I hoped Sir would see the mess, would remove Nani, add Valencia, play Hernandez to at least turn the City centre-backs, drop Anderson to protect our weak spine, let Rooney play the Scholes role. No such luck because Sir Alex always waits until 70 minutes before subbing, by then this game was gone.

Evans brought Mario ‘Fireworks’ Balotelli down but where was Rio when he did so? Evra also went AWOL continually and so Evans was the scapegoat in a back 2 of him and Smalling, while the other two wandered around like it was a Sunday stroll.

Frankly, we were rubbish. But we were rubbish against Norwich too and they should have had 4 against us. The problem we have is that the early promise of a young energetic team with Rafael, Fabio, Jones, Smalling, Welbeck and Cleverley is nowback to safety first, old lags and poor tactics.

Sir Alex got it wrong at Liverpool, got it wrong again yesterday, and we got the pasting we deserved. City are good though. Silva is brilliant, Aguero a threat, and they all play like it matters. They played man for man versus us, and they are better, man for man. Was there a single United player that would get in City’s team on this showing? Not one.

So for me the season is young, City might yet implode, we might recover our early season form and the cracks might get papered over. But the cracks are there and the sooner we play players in form, stop playing Rio, Carrick and Evra when they are out of form, recognise we need a playmaker with class in January and play with passion and commonsense, then we can recover.

Otherwise Sir Alex is going to turn 70 looking up at the boys next door and wonder if its time to call it a day. That’s not an exaggeration to say that the power is shifting, and we had better do something soon because City are better than Chelski by quite a margin.

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3 Comments

  1. Arsen

    October 24, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Honest assesment!
    Manu was not brilliant last year when winning with the help of lucky decisons like when Gary Nevile and vidic got away with murder and penalities awarded which is not. It is the repeat of Barcelona game when Manu is outplayed by a better footballing team. I don’t think with Jones and Ashley added Manu is stronger than last year.I think beating a weakened Arsenal team which was very poor with lots of injuries and suspensions give manu a false status.
    The reality check is Manu is not the best team in England let alone in Europe.

  2. John Tring

    October 25, 2011 at 5:02 am

    Correct on all counts except that SAF may have outlived his time. He is still in olden days playing with 2 out and out wingers, leaving central midfield very light. No top team does that anymore , check Barca and even Madrid. And his selections are clearly crazy and suicidal. Liverpool game had to be won but he fielded an amateur team. Evans is a dud, unsuitable for even Aldershot or Rochdale shirt ( hope they don’t feel insulted ). Rebuilding must start now and I heard Carlo Ancelotti is available. The Glazers should be advised immediately. But will Gill do that? Absolute power corrupts and SAF is an example.

  3. Pierre L Woodcock

    October 25, 2011 at 6:33 am

    LuckyPete says:
    How many times during the years – when Paul Scholes coming to age – needed to be replaced – had we heard lots of supporters and football pundits clamming for Man Utd to buy a class act creative midfielder? Names like, Silva (now at City), Diarra, Pastore, Sneijder, M’Villa, Nasri etc etc were linked to Mau Utd, but SAF said no, we don’t need anyone new in that position -we are okay he insisted. With the drubbing City gave United last Sunday at Old Trafford, in particular with having absolute control of the midfield – I wonder if stubborness will continue to prevail over commonsense and good judgement now! If it does, then be prepared for more humiliations.

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