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It's Fergie's Fault - But Still No Reason To Panic

Another day, another defeat - no response was forthcoming despite Sir Alex demanding one after the Liverpool disaster. But this defeat, 2-0 at Fulham, is largely his fault.

First, the players clearly weren't up for it in the first half as he himself admitted. I'm sorry but mental preparation is the manager's job and Fergie's supposed to be the best at it in the business. He failed though.

But we often got away with questionable amounts of effort this season because of our abilities. But that needs a good team selection and I think Sir Alex got it badly wrong this time.

When I saw the eleven names I thought Fletcher and Scholes would play central midfield and Giggs would act as the linkman between the midfield and Berbatov in a 4-4-1-1 or 4-2-3-1 if you like.

So I was shocked to see Giggs and Scholes playing centrally and Fletcher being deployed on the right. What was the logic behind it? I'll never know but we were on the back foot even before Scholes' sending-off which was an absolutely inexplicable piece of stupidity by one of our most experienced players - baffling.

And we were swamped afterwards, Edwin kept us in the game as Fulham came at us repeatedly and fired from every position. They were very, very good while we were very, very bad. Worse than last week I'd say.

However, the second half performance showed the importance of psychological preparation. Fergie managed to fire up the troops, moved Fletcher to the centre, brought back Ronaldo to the right and replaced Berbatov with Rooney.

We began to play football at last but we were very unlucky. Mark Schwarzer was brilliant, clearly motivated by the memory of his abysmal OT display and the 4-0 drubbing the received in the FA Cup, while our players missed everything. There was a 'how-did-it-stay-out' moment when Park hit him from three yards out then he somehow blocked Rooney's follow-up as well.

We had chances afterwards but none bigger than this and when Gera's admittedly spectacular goal sealed things you had to feel an air of inevitability about it. These days simply nothing goes our way but you had to expect it after 11 straight wins.

But we're still first, still four points clear - though Liverpool can close the gap tomorrow - and Fergie and the team might wake up, just in time. The international break is a nuisance as always but at least gives the manager time to reflect on his decisions. Hopefully he'll not be immune to his own criticisms...




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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday March 21 2009

Time: 8:06PM

Your Comments

Sweetleftfoot, hurting are you? Hahahahahahaha, you stupid cocky *****!
yorkshirepride1
Sweetleftfoot, hurting are you? Hahahahahahaha, you stupid cocky *****!
yorkshirepride1
I bet you are wondering what hit you? Also you lot must be wondering why you paid all that money for Mr Berbatov?!!
hackneyval
I bet you are wondering what hit you? Also you lot must be wondering why you paid all that money for Mr Berbatov?!!
hackneyval
we're both in danger of letting the scouse s h i t e win the PL!
merlin
we're both in danger of letting the scouse s h i t e win the PL!
merlin
Ahhhhhh.Is it just me or was the sun shining a little brighter today?Beautiful day.
CoxintheBox
Ahhhhhh.Is it just me or was the sun shining a little brighter today?Beautiful day.
CoxintheBox
I think the international break has come at a very good time for you. Gives you time to re-group and get over the last seven days.
Thaibluefan
I think the international break has come at a very good time for you. Gives you time to re-group and get over the last seven days.
Thaibluefan
Indeed it was, Coxinthebox! I think the grass was a little greener too! By the way, Man Utd fans, what is it with Paul Scholes? Great player and one of the best midfielders of his generation but he seems so prone to stupid mistakes!
Aamir
Indeed it was, Coxinthebox! I think the grass was a little greener too! By the way, Man Utd fans, what is it with Paul Scholes? Great player and one of the best midfielders of his generation but he seems so prone to stupid mistakes!
Aamir
Very quiet on here!
yorkshirepride1
Very quiet on here!
yorkshirepride1
merlin - It won't happen! It can't happen and let's just leave it at that! After Rooney and Tevez demolished Fulham few weeks ago, Fergie puts out a shambles of a team! All we can hope for is Villa to show up tmwr!
ForeverUnited
merlin - It won't happen! It can't happen and let's just leave it at that! After Rooney and Tevez demolished Fulham few weeks ago, Fergie puts out a shambles of a team! All we can hope for is Villa to show up tmwr!
ForeverUnited
every team suffers a period where nothing goes right but thats why we have a lead to cover up these bad results,for example barca this term.I guess this international break has come at the right time.
abmutd
every team suffers a period where nothing goes right but thats why we have a lead to cover up these bad results,for example barca this term.I guess this international break has come at the right time.
abmutd
What's that loud bang I just heard? Oh yes, it's the bubble of arrogance hovering over the supposed "Unbeatables" bursting. Hope Fred "the Red" Done was one of those bookies that has already paid out on United winning the title, it would be hilarious to see him paying out twice.
fifthcolumnblue
What's that loud bang I just heard? Oh yes, it's the bubble of arrogance hovering over the supposed "Unbeatables" bursting. Hope Fred "the Red" Done was one of those bookies that has already paid out on United winning the title, it would be hilarious to see him paying out twice.
fifthcolumnblue
ForeverUnited - after the 5-0 win over Villa I'm seriously worried mate!
merlin
ForeverUnited - after the 5-0 win over Villa I'm seriously worried mate!
merlin
"It won't happen! It can't happen and let's just leave it at that!" It might happen.
JohnDoe
"It won't happen! It can't happen and let's just leave it at that!" It might happen.
JohnDoe
WHY WHY WHY leave Rooney on the bench? Sometimes works as he proves himself when he comes on, but after Liverpool (when he'd have been hurting more than most) he already had a point to prove, and needed the whole match.
Man utd champions
WHY WHY WHY leave Rooney on the bench? Sometimes works as he proves himself when he comes on, but after Liverpool (when he'd have been hurting more than most) he already had a point to prove, and needed the whole match.
Man utd champions
 

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