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Gallas Tantrum Proves Fletcher Right

Darren Fletcher is perhaps not an expert in psychology but he's got some ideas about how certain results effect certain teams.

The Scottish midfielder fought his way back into contention with a magnificent display against Arsenal in the FA Cup and was rewarded with a league start yesterday and did not disappoint. He believes that United have now the edge in the title race as Arsenal dropped two points at Birmingham City and are still due to visit Old Trafford where they were thrashed a week ago.

"The title race was open even before today," he told MUTV. "We know Arsenal have still got to come to Old Trafford too.

"But that result last week maybe had a little psychological edge. We went out there and played fantastically against Arsenal and managed to win convincingly, and they`ve not won since.

"It`s getting to the nitty-gritty now, we`ve been there last season and we know what it`s about. We`re hoping to push on and keep winning every game now until the end of the season - that`s the target."


The thing is that with Arsenal out of the FA Cup and their Champions League chances severely reduced by their inability to break down at the Emirates, they are in grave need of maintaining their good league form - and as they failed to beat a side that played the whole game with virtually ten men does not bode well when United appear to have left their recent poor form behind.

And at such a time one might question the wisdom of appointing Gallas as captain. His shameful (and, to be honest, hilarious) tantrum on Saturday when a penalty was awarded against the Gooners showed that his leadership is very far from being exemplary. Sulking on the pitch like a 10-year-old until eventually his manager drags him off, berating a devastated guy on the pitch, in front of everyone, for a mistake - these are not the traits of a true captain.

Could it be that Gallas, along with his teammates, is cracking under pressure? Now I know that he must have been distracted by that horrific injury. But isn't it true that in such times a skipper has to stand up and rally the troops, to inject a bit of calm, to make his presence felt? I think that would be his job and he failed, emphatically. So, you guys in red shirt - Arsenal are there for the taking, we just have to ensure we do not drop silly points by playing as unacceptably as we did against City...




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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday February 25 2008

Time: 3:07PM

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before you chastise him, seriously.... put yourself in his position. he may have been a bit over the top, but he just saw one of his team mates leg completely shattered, what would his thoughts of been, or the rest of the arsenal team. Its easy to make fun of him, but at the end of the day his reaction was human. People react differently, adebayor ran to the other side of the pitch scared *****less, sagna by eduardos nearly the whole time. People react differently to traumatic situations, here i am in oz and i felt absolutely sick, as do many many many other supporters from all clubs do. How does the result or reactions matter at the end of the day when you see a professional who provides us with the beauty of our sport, whether he plays for a rival or not, future threatened with a horrific injury. At the end of the day, football should take a backseat. Instead, all i hear and read is about someone sulking or retracting something said in the heat of the moment.... a very sad and blind view. I love football with all my heart, but at the end of the day it really is so insignificant, imagine if he actually lost his foot- would the reuslt still matter.... suppose it would in our eyes. I really do feel sorry for you that you dont realise that
pants
in your eyes that is
pants
I wonder how fletcher would feel after seeing rooney or ronaldo's foot basically detached from their leg.
gunnerkid107
thats not why gallas done it its cause you threw the game away against a 10 men relegation threatened side. and also cause he realised that we are coming to get ya.
rooneyisgod
exactly, why are you all defending him. it was clearly a raction to clichy's mistake in the last minute, as if he was that upset about eduardo's injury why did he bother coming out for the second half, because one thing for sure is that he is not a proffesional.
united4life
and btw its not the first time hes done this sort f thing. he's not captan material, just face it.
united4life
"brake"
the arsenal
we are there for the taking!!give me a braek,we did not even lose the damn game and yu are still 3points behind!come to your senses mate!!you have lost 4games for gods sake and we draw a game and now arsenal are under pressure?must be some comedy
the arsenal
"God"
the arsenal
how else would you describe it other then pressure. 3 games without a win and your captain crying after the match.
rooneyisgod
I actually think Gallas is a good captain. I like how he psychs the team up in a huddle before each game. But in terms of Saturday, sometimes emotions can get the best of anyone.
Paulinho
keep in mind, for the people who want to jump all over me because I said I think hes a good captain, that I DID NOT say he was the great captain ever. So take it easy.
Paulinho
the huddle isnt to psyche up the players its for show to hiode the cracks and rifts between you players
rooneyisgod
One brain cell between the united fans. Not one has shown any class on this network. I've met Spurs, Chelsea, Villa, Pompey, and Blackburn fans to name a few, that all show class and intelligence in debate. I find none of that here.
Gunnerman
***** off then gunnnerman...problem solved!
united4life
couldnt of put it better myself united4life.
rooneyisgod
Easy people, use your intelligence. Don't be ignorant. And yes the huddle is to psyche up the team, what are you, new?
Paulinho
its for show to hide the cracks. thats why you players gith and cry when the going gets tough
rooneyisgod
lol cos Skippy the lady boy has never blubbed has he??, christ that self loving narcissist never looks far from a damn good weep. Gallas has rallied and instigated us all season and the bull***** penalty decision was the final straw in an all round nightmare day. Still congrats on reaching over ten posts on this thread, the only time this site gets any action is when you write about The Arsenal. Lonelyyyyyy you're so lonelyyyyyyyy.
nikolaijns
i dont remember any of our players ever sitting down after the match cryng there eyes out actually. nor do i remember any of our team mates having a fight on the pitch.
rooneyisgod
^how well do you actually know Man U? Cause you should know that Keane and Stam have both been in arguements and fights on the pitch.
Paulinho
ha ha they might of had little arguments about the game but never has there been a headbutt on the pitch.
rooneyisgod
Gallas is passionate about his team and team mates. At least Gallas dont need to do his dirty work. Whereas Ferguson get Carlos QUEERos to do his!
goonerbird85
At least Gallas dont need ANYONE to do his dirty work.
goonerbird85
 

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