United went down to bottom of the table Fulham in what was in my opinion the low point of the season. Those of you reading these blogs will know I think Pardew is a good manager and I’ve mostly enjoyed the season to date. I didn’t enjoy this. Most fans will look to the two derbies, the Spurs defeat but they were all different and in some cases had mitigating circumstances. The SAFC defeat for example saw us on our knees after the sale of Cabaye and the mackems desperate for something. We were without Colo and Remy and while we shouldn’t be losing to relegation fodder at home, I wasn’t as arsed as most.
This was different though. Although we were Remy-less again I have to question the tactics, desire, management and heart of our team including the manager. I’m not going to attach any relevance to the defeat with Paredew’s absence. He’s had two weeks to prepare the team and him not being there shouldn’t matter. Why we started with De Jong behind Cisse is beyond me. It worked at Hull as Remy is so quick he pins defences back and De Jong was able to take advantage of the space Remy created. Treating Remy as a like for like replacement for Remy was nuts. There was a total lack of conviction in our play and it looks like the players cannot be bothered to do the work required to beat an awful, awful Fulham side.
Why can’t Haidara get a game? I think Dummet’s done well but he’s a Centre Back isn’t he? The myth of Vurnon Anita was quashed again as he was as utterly anonymous as he was brilliant against Hull. Fulham had no confidence and couldn’t score before the game, why not play 5 in midfield and frustrate them into a mistake? Or play 2 or 3 strikers? Instead we did nothing.
Howard Webb’s performance was not the reason we failed to win, but how this guy has got away with it for so long is incredible. He simply just doesn’t give decisions to the attacking team (unless it’s Chelsea). A simply astonishing decision not to award a penalty. It was too easy not to.
Paul Doyle’s report doesn’t really mention United and concentrates on nicely located Fulham.
http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/lee-ryders-big-match-verdict-6839695Lee Ryder reckons that United need to sign Loic Remy. Hold the front page.
Krul tells the Journal he should have saved the shot that won Fulham the game. I wonder what he thinks about whether United should have signed a back up right back at some point who would have blocked the shot.
This is a fairly detailed analysis of the match.
This game picked up very little attention within the media and it’s been as much of a chore reading about it as it was watching it. I have nothing against Fulham and probably hope they stay up. From the evidence of this game I’d say they won’t, which tells you how bad United were. There hasn’t been much angry reaction against United, local or otherwise. Maybe the win against Hull has appeased a few or maybe people aren’t that bothered about the rest of the season?
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