Date:Wednesday February 13 2008
A lot of football fans can be described by a simple word: fickle. United lost a game against Manchester City, deservedly, after some emotional scenes - and now we have to endure all sorts of rash declarations from other United fans.
The familiar 'Fergie is past it' theme is back in full swing. After two poor games. You would think that after somehow managing 21 years at this club, two games would not make him a worse manager over a fortnight...
It seems that some people fail to settle for anything less than extremities: if we win, we are the Greatest Most Fantasticestestly Brilliant team in the earth and when we lose, they do not try to analyse the mistakes that even our legendary Scot makes sometimes: no, they are overcome with blind rage. Why, I cannot understand.
They claim the squad is poor, with especially Park, Nani, Scholes and Giggs singled out for criticism, along with the full-backs. Once again, some fans fail to grasp that players have bad patches, lose form and if it coincides with poor managerial decisions, it can result in abject performances. That does not mean they are crap players and all of them demonstrated that they are not. Especially Giggs and Scholes: it is amazing that some 'fans' demand that they never play again in the team...
Of course they are very much in the minority (fortunately). We should have faith in our players to turn the situation around. Some claimed that this season is already over because we do not have enough strikers, do not have good enough full-backs bar Evra and Ronaldo will disappear.
For them I offer a quick reality check: after winning all seven of our competitive games in January, we've drawn one and lost one. This is by no means a disaster though I admit that the margin of error in the Premiership is very little right now. However, we still have a very realistic chance to win three trophies and the season is far from over.
I agree with the argument that we should have bought a centre-forward in January, someone who is happy to act as cover for Rooney and Tevez. That was a mistake not to do it. I also think that just as Milan threw in 18-year-old Paloschi in a crisis, we should have tried Welbeck up front. It couldn't have been worse.
However, we have an excellent manager who fought his way out of infinitely tighter corners than this one. We have a very good squad of players and I firmly believe that only that little spark is absent that could light up the entire team. Where will that come from I don't know but I believe it will come.
Two big games are coming up: Arsenal in the FA Cup at Old Trafford and Lyon away in the Champions League. Two good results and the woes of our past two league fixtures are forgotten - and we can still put our league season back on track against Newcastle, Fulham, Bolton and Derby... Criticism is all right but apply a bit of sense to it please!
Date:Wednesday February 13 2008
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