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jim w 5508 posts  |  Last Activity: Mar 2, 2013 20:53 Member since: Dec 9, 2005
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    United 4 - 0 Norwich

    by Wise Son Mar 2, 2013 17:34

    Worryingly he seemed much better and more relaxed once RVP had departed. I hope his silly comments about the dressing room haven't disturbed their relationship, because he just couldn't pass to a red shirt for much of the first 60 minutes.

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    Kagawa

    by jim w Mar 2, 2013 17:07

    Foresight that took until March from August to be realised.
    To point out what even Fergie and his old manager have said, is not 'an impatient fan jumping on the bandwagon' , merely stating the obvious. Its taken him some time to adjust. Hopefully he can kick on from today. Then he will be an excellent addition to the squad.
    I continue to be honoured by the attention you obviously give to my posts, thank you. And I say that with great humility.

  • OK Norwich aren't the greatest side, but any question mark against Kagawa was his aptitude against teams set out to 'hurt', which Norwich certainly were. His ability is clear, today he proved his courage. Its taken a bit of acclimatisation , but he looked very good today and took all 3 of his goals superbly.

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    Are the drugs wearing off ?

    by United do rule Feb 27, 2013 15:34
    jim w jim w Feb 27, 2013 17:16 Flag

    Peps' pill stock must be running out, or more likely the recent highlighting of drug problems in Spanish sport is making them more cautious.
    This is what they look like when more 'human'.

  • play like they have today for the next 11 games, United will need 22 points from 10 games ( assuming City win at OT). They will take a lot of Hart from today's game.

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    United 2 - 0 QPR

    by Wise Son Feb 23, 2013 16:56
    jim w jim w Feb 23, 2013 17:05 Flag

    C'mon the (dark) blues tomorrow.

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    Thoughts on the match

    by stefan t Feb 13, 2013 23:01
    jim w jim w Feb 15, 2013 01:47 Flag

    The only comment I would make is that Fergie tends to pick who he thinks are his best players for these sorts of games. He rates Welbeck and Rooney as better than Cleverley or Anderson so he would rather play them in a more containing role than play 3 nominally midfield players. I think Kagawa was played for a specific task to get about Alonso and where possible break beyond RVP. He didn't, he failed. That was the big -ve of the team. Much better when he brought on Giggs and put Welbeck into that role until he got cramp, then United stopped Madrid playing and started creating more opportunities themselves. You're right just better not playing him at all.

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    Thoughts on the match

    by stefan t Feb 13, 2013 23:01
    jim w jim w Feb 14, 2013 22:27 Flag

    Stefan, I do think United need to strengthen midfield, have done for ages. But I don't think our players are as bad as you say. I have said Carrick gets caught out in 5% of matches and Jones is clearly limited in some aspects in that position, but compensates in others ( it was like Mourinho playing Pepe there against Barca). And yes it would be nice if Cleverley and/or Anderson could be trusted to do the job in Madrid-type matches ( unfortunately they both can't).
    But it does get tiresome repeating the same mantra, especially after such a gutsy performance. And as I have said many times, a winning football team is about more than a group of talented players, its about a mental will to win and our manager gives them that in spades.
    I didn't say Evans was the best defender in the world, I said there were no better central defenders. That means I rate him amongst the best. I can't think of one who is better, although there are a few at the same sort of level. And he does not lack pace and just 25 is still pretty young for a top central defender, next to keepers they usually mature slowly.
    Kagawa is playing for United, not his last club. If he is as good as he might be, he should be able to adjust to playing with different players in a different system. United are certainly not going to change for him. He was given the job to do on Alonso that Ji Sung did so well on Pirlo. He failed miserably. After a reshuffle Welbeck got put there to do it, and did it well.
    But more than anything I want United to stay United. Playing 4/5 players 22 or under. 6 from the UK , kids from the youths etc. God help us if the Glazers got rid of the debt and they went out and 'did a PSG/City/Chelsea' and bought expensive 'names' from around the world by the dozen. Yes lets get a really good youngish central midfielder, but just one!

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    Thoughts on the match

    by stefan t Feb 13, 2013 23:01
    jim w jim w Feb 14, 2013 18:58 Flag

    Devon, he does work hard for the team. But that shouldn't be at the expense of passing to someone in the same shirt.
    The relative performances of Welbeck, Kagawa and Rooney were summed up by Fergies comments about Alonso. When he put Welbeck in the center , he stopped the flow from Alonso, making the job much easier for the defense. Neither Kagawa initially, nor Rooney afterwards could perform this task. Indeed Kagawa failed his 'Ji Sung imitation act on Pirlo' completely. I am still wondering exactly how he deserves a place in the team.

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    Thoughts on the match

    by stefan t Feb 13, 2013 23:01
    jim w jim w Feb 14, 2013 02:44 Flag

    Stefan, the whole team played its part.
    I picked out Evans because I thought the central areas that Madrid tried to exploit from the first minute were expertly closed off by him more than any other player. Both Madrid center forwards were non-existent.
    I was very pleased with how Rafael got over his nerves in the first half and was much better in the second, a sign of intelligence and guts.
    In my opinion the two weakest players were Kagawa and Rooney. Kagawa was played high up the field to attack, running off RVP. He faded and Fergie put out wide on the right to replace Rooney until substituting him. It doesn't matter how he played in Germany, today he was the weakest player. Rooney did his common trick in big european games of 'working hard for the team' but playing the occasion rather than the game. He tries too hard, and generally under-performs. Its a mental thing with him, hope he snaps out of it at OT.
    Not all United's chances were from set pieces so someone must have got the ball to the attackers. Your constant sniping of anyone who plays in United's midfield is tiresome.

  • jim w by jim w Feb 13, 2013 22:52 Flag

    No better central defender anywhere.
    All the team put in a great effort, just wished Rooney would stop playing the 'occasion' in such games, and revert to his usual game.
    Nicely poised for return, probably about 55/45% in United's favour.

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    a change of plan

    by A Yahoo! User Feb 10, 2013 21:30
    jim w jim w Feb 11, 2013 16:06 Flag

    You miss the point. The type of 'war' waged by leaders in industry, sports and often politics is never 'won' or 'lost', it repeats every day. That is what keeps guys like Fergie motivated.

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    a change of plan

    by A Yahoo! User Feb 10, 2013 21:30
    jim w jim w Feb 11, 2013 13:42 Flag

    Alan, my comment was describing how 'leaders' of industry as well as sports teams utilise the tactics and strategies of war to win.
    Fergie sets out to win all competitions, but this year there is a special emphasis on the getting the title back off City. He looks for weakness in the opposition ( City) and strikes to maximum effect. This is what he did on Sunday by minimising the changes to the team against Everton. If the weakness had not emerged, ie City had beaten Southampton, he would have not been presented with that opportunity to maximise the effect of that defeat on City moral.
    If you can't see that, fair enough, but its very logical.

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    a change of plan

    by A Yahoo! User Feb 10, 2013 21:30
    jim w jim w Feb 11, 2013 03:21 Flag

    Not illogical at all. Fergie believes in the psychology of players/managers being important. He saw an opportunity to create an almost unassailable position and deepen the bad mood at City , so he took it. If City had won on Saturday that opportunity would not have been there and he would have planned for a longer period of attrition.
    I used to work for a top CEO who loved work because in his words it gave him the chance to 'wage war every day' . Fergie is the same, he plans a campaign. Today was the time for a decisive attack, and he made it.

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    Dont tinker too much Fergie

    by jim w Feb 9, 2013 21:24
    jim w jim w Feb 10, 2013 02:07 Flag

    Momentum, Devon, momentum.

  • Temptation to rest too many before Madrid could backfire. City are down on the floor, but anything other than a win tomorrow will breathe new life into their challenge.
    League title should always come first before a Cup.

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    Wenger and 'doping'

    by jim w Feb 9, 2013 04:45

    Yes syco, its similar to the one I posted a few days ago.
    The Spanish football tests do not test for EPO, deliberately it seems. If a team who lets say use a lot of energy pressing the ball hard all over the pitch used EPO, they would have a significant advantage. It would be picked up in adequate blood tests , but not in urine tests, I think this is what Wenger is referring to.

  • He smells a wider 'Fuentes-shaped' rat. 'our game is full of drug-fuelled legends' and he's not referring to the EPL.
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/arsenal/9858938/Arsene-Wenger-our-game-is-full-of-drug-fuelled-legends-and-needs-to-be-cleaned-up.html
    How many pills does Messi and co get for breakfast? Obviously worth £600k a week when there is over 54% youth unemployment in Spain.

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    The key decisive games for the title

    by A Yahoo! User Feb 6, 2013 10:44

    Devon, I totally agree that it can be 'any' game that retrospectively you can see changed momentum. However without the advantage of hindsight, there are some games you 'feel' may have that effect. Everton and City games at OT where United would hope to pick up maximum points are obvious ones.
    Last season, the Wigan match was clearly unexpected, but it was 'away' and so could be psychologically overcome. The real 'killer' was the loss of two points versus Everton from a winning position.
    By the way, I agree about the Chelsea game at the Bridge, it seemed to knock the stuffing out of them. Too many young relatively inexperienced players.