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Things Look Worse Than They Are

United collected 8 points from a possible 15 in the opening five games of the campaign. Are we in crisis?

We have won our last two games of course, two 1-0 victories at home. But the start has been disappointing, no need to deny it. However, the crisis talk is a little early.

Stan Collymore now reckons we will finish third because we do not have enough strikers. I don't really understand that. He said that Chelsea have Drogba and Shevchenko and Pizarro, Arsenal have Adebayor, Van Persie and Eduardo and Liverpool have strikers coming out of their ears.

Yet I don't think that Rooney, Tevez and Saha are any worse than the aforementioned players. I don't see this striker emergency, as I did not see it last season.

It is true that we scored only 3 goals so far, a pathetic amount I daresay. But a lot of our attacking players were missing, and the most important duo played only 45 minutes together - I'm talking about Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo of course. Louis Saha has just returned, therefore I think we'll be much better now.

And there's an even more important factor than that. Since Ronaldo's ban, our new boys had to produce most of our attacking thrust. To put it an other way: Tevez and Nani were meant to get time for settling and acclimatisation, only to be thrown into deep water early. They had to deal with a lot of pressure, added to the usual problems of getting to know their new team-mates.

For me, all these things mean that the team will get better once everyone is back and the newcomers gel (and let me add that Hargreaves is already very good). Our old boys did not fail to deliver: Rooney was outstanding against Reading in that 45 minutes, Ronaldo was a constant threat in his first two games, Giggs was his usual sharp, intelligent self and Scholes is still fantastic. The new boys did not deliver immediately but I still trust them.

And there's another thing. We have 8 points after 5 games. Last season, we had 10 points after 5 games. Not a big difference, is it? For me, Chelsea are still the biggest rivals and they are only two points ahead - and they were ahead us at this stage of last season, too. Points-wise, we're not worse off than last season. As for the performances - well, there's room for improvement but also potential for it.

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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday September 4 2007

Time: 1:38PM

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Tevez needs settling in time? Didn't think Manchester was *that* different to London?
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04/09/2007 14:15:00

That counts for us as well though, we haven't even moved into second gear yet so we will have to wait and see how it plans out but one thing is for sure I do believe the Bin Dippers are going to push us both all the way this year.
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04/09/2007 14:23:00

the problem is that your strikers are INJURED most of the time. Last year without Henry and RvP we struggled, chavs struggled without Drogba and Kuyt is Liverpool's only consistent performer.
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04/09/2007 14:31:00

No need to put the shotgun in your mouth just yet! Give it time....
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04/09/2007 15:57:00

We'll see how we are after we play chelsea this month
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04/09/2007 17:31:00

Dont kill yourselves it at the end of the season after we have all enjoyed watching the footbal ;-) need to panic - the season is not lost on 5 games - particualy not when there are 4 title contenders. I see a slightly lower winning points total this year.
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04/09/2007 20:22:00

G4L, the problem with Kuyt is he can't score enough, he misses way too many chances. Otherwise I agree with you, injuries to strikers can be real pain in the arse
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05/09/2007 18:21:00

you cant rule anyone out yet its too early for that, i agree about kuyt i cant believe how many chances he misses but i think its where he tries too hard if he just relaxed for one second he would do himself and liverpool a favour. i have to say as well i am loving it at the moment just because liverpool are TOP and because man u fans have shut up about us depending on gerrard too much and they didn't realize how much they depended on fatman (rooney) and the plastic solider (ronaldo) so much. man u have been in the nices words ***** with out them at least with us we haven't lost games without gerrard and carragher and the same with chelski they have done well enough to not lose any games with there injury problem and they have it worse than us at the moment
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