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  • Robert M Robert M Apr 4, 2010 21:02 Flag

    Sunday's Thoughts

    I would think a serious question for United is why they never looking like winning yesterday's match? Chelsea dominated the opening period and after going 1-0 up it looked more like Chelsea extending the lead until United's goal late on. And then you were just hoping for a draw.

    Perhaps it was just one of those games. It happens. After all, you stuffed us at OT last year. And you played a demoralising match in Europe in mid-week where we had a break.

    Or perhaps it was missing Rooney. You certainly looked like you were missing something yesterday, the sort of something that Rooney gives you. This is probably more worrying for you, for it suggests over-reliance on one player.

    Or maybe it's a sign that your squad is showing its age more than Chelsea's. You were without Rooney. We were without our three first choice fullbacks and Essien, and with Drogba half-fit. Maybe Fergie's comments about squads getting older have a truth for you that you earlier wanted to direct at Chelsea.

    Time will tell.


    Robert

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    • Good questions Robert. My opinion is that United struggle against sides that nullify our strength out wide. Our central midfield is not strong enough to' force' the play against the very best teams. I thought we might struggle against Bayern because of this, but was surprised how well Chelsea's reserve fullbacks dealt with our threat, albeit Nani was brought on too late. Malouda and Cole kept our fullbacks occupied and pinned back.
      United don't have proven young talent coming through in central positions. Anderson has not developed as hoped and the likes of Gibson are not top class. Hence my observation that Rodwell and Milner might be good acquisitions in positions where there is not an abondance of proven talent elsewhere. And rather than 'hope' a foreign acquisition will work, where frankly none have before for United in these particular positions.
      United's squad is not old overall, but there isan age gap between players Fergie seems to trust and the rest.