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Knee-Jerk Reactions - Love 'Em

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!




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The Journalist

Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday February 13 2008

Time: 5:43PM

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what rubbish, scholes is still one of the best midfielders and giggs still does his job on the wing well, nani is young and has just arrived, and how can people have a go at the full backs, they have been class, especially evra, they hav a couple of bad games, but this is manchester united and with the help of the supporters they'll get past it and start to play like the best team in the world again!!!
fenton_01
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13/02/2008 18:04:00

Well...the thing is that you´ll now lose about 60% of your "fans" to Francenal, and that will in turn lead to a decrease in revenue, and soon you lot will be doing a Leeds. (If all goes as planned of course) :))
Blue is the colour
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13/02/2008 21:02:00

You obviously have some very honest fans!!
bseymour
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13/02/2008 21:45:00

agreed. though i was one to question out title hopes, but to blame any one person would be naive. giggs ans scholes hgave been fantastic servents to our club, nani is young and mearly following ronaldos path (i think if he turns outeven half as good as ronaldo we will love it), o'shea is one of the most dependable underated players in our team and both fullbakcs have been superb, even broen who has coped admirably in thr absese of our captain. sure we are all aloud to express our opinions, bt ourcurrent orm is but a dip, SAF will saerk a reaction he always has and i see no different thi time around.
united4life
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13/02/2008 22:38:00

sorry for the bad spelling, my keyboards feked!
united4life
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13/02/2008 22:39:00

I man utd players are past it and are in 2nd place, what does that say about the rest of the teams, Paul Scholes would walk straight back into the centre of the English midfield, best Midfielder in the British Isles even at 33
cyjax
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13/02/2008 23:30:00

wow, and we moan about our own fans being ficle but this is ridiculous
kinglilly
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14/02/2008 12:48:00

Scholes' form for England was nearly always below par.
AFC85Lew
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14/02/2008 12:50:00

AFC85Lew, and gerrard and lampard have been awesome!!!!
united4life
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14/02/2008 13:11:00

Every player who played for England since the '60s was below par, maybe Gazza, Shearer and Robson excepted.
midlothian99
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14/02/2008 15:11:00

What about Geoff Thomas?
TDBhoy
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14/02/2008 16:57:00

and Paul Robin... O wait...
Tosswink
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14/02/2008 17:00:00

that's it your bubble has finally burst!
merlin
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14/02/2008 19:20:00

 

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