United were humiliated at the hands of a deeply mediocre Sunderland side whose organisation and work rate shadowed our own. In reality our chances of winning this game went when Remy thrust his head into the coward Bradley Johnson. Goufrann was a major miss, as I’m sure Davide Santon will tell you. Even Cisse was a miss. Colo is crucial to our defence – but when Taylor gets a game ahead of Yanga (the same Yanga who was excellent with Williamson earlier this season) we basically look like conceding every time the opposition attacks.
Why was Ben Arfa not played on the right? Why did we play 2 in midfield against their 3 and why did Pardew panic again at half time (just like last year) when hoying a forward on when we were being overrun in midfield Unlike many of you reading this, I like Pardew and this season (and over his tenure) he’s provided more highs than lows and more good management than bad, but he was fucking rank yesterday, as were his players.
Maybe the media coverage will shed some light on the baffling decisions and performance.
Sky Sports Analysis
Peter Fraser analysis the match and on first glance I thought it was going to be shrewd tactical analysis of the game. A lot of quotes about transfers, more craic about transfers and the blame at Ben arfa’s door. Ben Arfa was awful but does anyone know where he was playing? I think he was given 4 positions throughout the match. AM, LW, RW and CM. What do you expect will happen. Sissoko should have started in midfield and HBA on the right. When he was belatedly moved out there why wasn’t the full back bombing on, helping out and creating space. A poor piece that doesn’t really look at our tactical failings despite the fancy graphics.
The Guardian has a lengthy list of established and knowledgeable football writers. Unfortunately Louise Taylor isn’t one of them. Lots of quotes and anecdotes, very little about the game.
No analysis of why we lost or why the mackems were made to look like Brazil.
Like the Guardian, the Express pay more attention to Poyet’s record against United than our failings on the pitch. Poor.
Neil Cameron, who normally infinitely more readable than Ryder, reckons Pardew’s searching for excuses for the defeat. I thought Pardew’s post match reaction was accurate. We were shite, the first goal was important, mackems deserve to win and again we were shite.
This juxtaposes Cameron’s other piece about it not really being Pardew’s fault. Weird.
Ryder’s match report, to his credit, actually describes what happened during the match by detailing key events and some of the reasons behind United’s failure;
The Mackem response:
For some reason I found myself watching the highlights. Maybe I just wanted to see that Steven Taylor had actually allowed Jack Colback to shift the ball onto his left foot and get a shot off and not dreamt it. The analysis didn’t really feature United at all, and oddly picked up Bardsley and Johnson who were almost anonymous. Bardsley had nothing to do and Johnson had one shot. Sunderland’s CB’s and midfield three won them the game, so as ever, Hansen and Murphy were way off the mark.
NUFC blog – ‘Black and White and Read All Over’
This week I’ve looked at the Black and White and read all over blog.
At first glance the blog is well maintained material and opinion is constantly posted. The blog has been running for years and the format is simple and easy to use. The lads who write it clearly care about United and devote a fair bit of time to following United.
Obviously fan sites and blogs aren’t under the pressure of deadlines and first time drafts that newspapers are, but on the other hand the lads who write the blogs aren’t paid professionals and do this in their spare time.
Therefore it’s spiriting and confusing at the same time to see that the right up on this blog is far more accurate, analytical and enjoyable than anything in the national media. There isn’t just a load of quotes copied and pasted with a couple of ‘ITK’ anecdotes but genuine attention to detail and ability to read what went wrong and why.
They also find positives to every game, which are funny and original as well as a nice touch. I find it hard to disagree with anything they say, and considering some of the stick I take from other United fans on social media and in the comments section of this blog, that’s saying something.
This is a cracking blog and well worth a read. Worth visiting regularly, which is something I will be doing.
So it’s taken a blog written by United fans to get any proper analysis of the game. This was a low point. Another low point. I like Pardew. I enjoyed my trips to Old Trafford, Upton Park and Villa Park this season. For much of the season we’ve played excellent football and we’re performing at the right end of the table. I hope Pardew turns it round and we get back on track. Talk of people jacking it in seems absurd to me but each to his own.
From writing this blog, since January it’s apparent that the media are lazy. They’re happy to accept the mackems won this game because Bobby Robson didn’t like Poyet and we lost Cabaye. It’s taken a fan written blog to get some perspective and analysis.
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