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Charlton: It's A Blessing In Disguise

Sir Bobby looks on the bright side of life, if there's any such thing after a 4-1 home defeat at the hands of Liverpool. He believes this sobering loss might have come at the best possible time.

'I think there was just a little bit of stress, because we kept on winning matches.

'It helps to maybe turn the gas down a little bit, and a lot of pressure's maybe eased. I'm hoping we're going to do better because of this result.

'It wasn't a result anybody at Manchester United could be proud of, but you have to say Liverpool played really well and deserved to win.'


With all due respect Sir Bobby I disagree. Winning all those games did not increase stress and pressure, on the contrary: we have become a bit complacent. A less courteous man than Sir Bobby would possibly say that the players need a kick up their backside.

They got that from Liverpool and no doubt they got that from Fergie who, I repeat, must analyse his own mistake and his own complacency: had he prepared for this game as meticulously as for the one at the San Siro we could have avoided this embarassment. It looked like he simply did not devise his tactics carefully enough: he trusted Carrick and Anderson to do a job but gave them no special instructions when it was clear that one of them should occupy the space in which Gerrard operates.

So, the defeat might be a blessing in disguise, yeah, if A) Benitez gets a new contract and B) Fergie and the lads get back on the ground and start approaching games with more attention to detail. No radical action is needed, this team is still one of the finest in Europe and definitely better than Liverpool.




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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday March 16 2009

Time: 10:04AM

Your Comments

OMG... your arrogance is unbelievable!!! Yes, Benitez will get a new contract, and with Parry gone he might actually sign the players he wants and needs, and then you''ll end up eating your words. If you're so much better than us, then why arent you ranked higher than us in Europe? And why do you still keep using Liverpool as the benchmark for your success? AND why could you only score two and concede 6 against us this season? Man - Just a bunch of sore losers
Smilezzz
OMG... your arrogance is unbelievable!!! Yes, Benitez will get a new contract, and with Parry gone he might actually sign the players he wants and needs, and then you''ll end up eating your words. If you're so much better than us, then why arent you ranked higher than us in Europe? And why do you still keep using Liverpool as the benchmark for your success? AND why could you only score two and concede 6 against us this season? Man - Just a bunch of sore losers
Smilezzz
Our arrogance is unbelievable? After that post! Haha! Let us not forget how arrogant you lot were until we took the top spot...
Tosswink
Our arrogance is unbelievable? After that post! Haha! Let us not forget how arrogant you lot were until we took the top spot...
Tosswink
Its the wake up call that was probably needed
denno4
Its the wake up call that was probably needed
denno4
We didn't even play well. It shows every other team that you can go to Old Trafford and take the points. It dents your supposed invincibility and for that, it will have more far reaching implications than simply the loss of 3 points. However, a fair referee helped. Lets hope more are as strong.
KB1
We didn't even play well. It shows every other team that you can go to Old Trafford and take the points. It dents your supposed invincibility and for that, it will have more far reaching implications than simply the loss of 3 points. However, a fair referee helped. Lets hope more are as strong.
KB1
...and we still have the easier run-in...
Tosswink
...and we still have the easier run-in...
Tosswink
yeh bobby its just what you needed mate...getting humilated by liverpool in your own back swamp lol
bluemooner_mcfc
yeh bobby its just what you needed mate...getting humilated by liverpool in your own back swamp lol
bluemooner_mcfc
"...and we still have the easier run-in..." Why is that? Manu remaining games Fulham away, Villa at home, Sunderland away, Wigan away, Portsmouth at home, Spurs at home, Middlesbrough away, Man City at home, Arsenal at home, and Hull away. Our remaining games Villa at home, Fulham away, Blackburn at home, Arsenal at home, Hull away, Newcastle at home, West ham away, West Brom away, and Spurs at home. I think you'll find that we are the ones who have the easier run-in.
JohnDoe
"...and we still have the easier run-in..." Why is that? Manu remaining games Fulham away, Villa at home, Sunderland away, Wigan away, Portsmouth at home, Spurs at home, Middlesbrough away, Man City at home, Arsenal at home, and Hull away. Our remaining games Villa at home, Fulham away, Blackburn at home, Arsenal at home, Hull away, Newcastle at home, West ham away, West Brom away, and Spurs at home. I think you'll find that we are the ones who have the easier run-in.
JohnDoe
Very much looking forward to United's season imploding off the back of this result. You were B****-slapped big time, and it's made your players realise they are still mortal. The fear is creeping in and you will blow it.
fifthcolumnblue
Very much looking forward to United's season imploding off the back of this result. You were B****-slapped big time, and it's made your players realise they are still mortal. The fear is creeping in and you will blow it.
fifthcolumnblue
Good grief. The writer is to football insight what Dame Margot Fonteyn is to oxy-acetylene welding. Benitez will sign a new contract and is the reason we are starting to become contenders for the title again. Yes he's made errors but we would be light years away still without him. 30M on a single player each close season for the last 4-5 years might have helped. Little wonder you consider United a better team than Liverpool. With that sort of budget, there'd really be something wrong if you weren't.
Howard
Good grief. The writer is to football insight what Dame Margot Fonteyn is to oxy-acetylene welding. Benitez will sign a new contract and is the reason we are starting to become contenders for the title again. Yes he's made errors but we would be light years away still without him. 30M on a single player each close season for the last 4-5 years might have helped. Little wonder you consider United a better team than Liverpool. With that sort of budget, there'd really be something wrong if you weren't.
Howard
Is this the start of the rot .....I see you having a last minute tussle and missing out.
Doody
Is this the start of the rot .....I see you having a last minute tussle and missing out.
Doody
Howard - Dame Margot Fonteyn doing some welding - now that's a sight I'd like to see. As to spending power, well Yoonited have always had the advantage over other clubs, even in light of Chelsea's recent sprees. What the rags really fear is a more level playing field, and you can smell the fear eminating from the swamp at the thought of the likes of liddle ciddy having a huge wedge with which to challenge them. All they'll have left is their debt.
fifthcolumnblue
Howard - Dame Margot Fonteyn doing some welding - now that's a sight I'd like to see. As to spending power, well Yoonited have always had the advantage over other clubs, even in light of Chelsea's recent sprees. What the rags really fear is a more level playing field, and you can smell the fear eminating from the swamp at the thought of the likes of liddle ciddy having a huge wedge with which to challenge them. All they'll have left is their debt.
fifthcolumnblue
I have not seen manure rattled that badly in a long time. Two things could happen, they might come out and spank the next couple of teams or might implode. Whichever way I think we are in for a good end of the season.
phreddy
I have not seen manure rattled that badly in a long time. Two things could happen, they might come out and spank the next couple of teams or might implode. Whichever way I think we are in for a good end of the season.
phreddy
the manure site is awfully quiet...
Smilezzz
the manure site is awfully quiet...
Smilezzz
 

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