For the second consecutive season United went and surrendered on the South Coast to a handy Southampton side. There’s been some patter on twitter about the Pardew vs Pochettino debate. I’d say the man from Argentina definitely has the backing of the media, and many mags by the sound of it.
However for all our failings, we are 2 points behind the Saints. Pochettino spent £35 million pounds in the summer. Quite a sum. We spent nothing. Pochettino hasn’t had his best player sold by the board, without a replacement being made. Pochettino has in many respects, better players than Pardew. Yet he’s only two points ahead of us in the table and got knocked out of both cups by a reserve Sunderland team. Pochettino probably has more than one right back and two central midfielders in his whole squad. He has several strikers and players who are fit and raring to go from the bench. Two points ahead? Either he’s not getting enough from his resources, or we’re actually quite good and have had a good season.
Well we aren’t good and our season fell apart in late December realistically.
So forgetting Saturdays shambles for a moment, maybe Pochettino has an idea of how to set up his team against teams around him in the League. We neither showed Southampton or Everton any respect by shutting up shop and aiming to keep them out first and foremost, nor did we have a real go at beating them. Perhaps Pochettino doesn’t staunchly stick with a Centre Back pairing with no defensive organisation skills and who have escaped the blame for two quite frankly, outrageously shit performances. There’s the possibility the Southampton manager would have the balls to drop the likes of Sissoko and Goufrann who, despite having good first halves of the season, have been so abject of late you have to feel sorry for the young, sometimes out of positions, full backs who they leave utterly exposed. Perhaps any other manager would be able to tell Cheick Tiote, it’s okay to get booked, especially now he can’t get a ban. Tiote wanders round the pitch doing fuck all. I was never that bothered about all the yellows because of the panic he’d inspire in some of the most gifted CM’s in the game. So what if he missed three games a year. He was good, now he’s part of one of the worst teams in the league at the moment, if not the-worst, alongside Sunderland. Hatem Ben Arfa can’t arse himself to get fit. He’s still our best player, sadly. Jonas Guitierrez was hoyed out on loan to save a few quid. See this article here on how one of my favourite all time NUFC players was treated by our manager http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/norwichs-jonas-gutierrez-newcastle-exit-3029641 .
At the moment United have no right back, no competition for places, no passion, no pride and no strikers. What must Yanga-Mbiwa be thinking? He arrived firmly in the French squad, at a cost of £6 million. He can’t get a game ahead of Mike Williamson who for all his fanfare, is terrible and cannot be trusted with the ball. Santon and Krul were internationals two years ago. They’ll not be at the world cup this summer. Neither will one time Dutch international, Vurnon Anita. Somehow Moussa Sissoko will be there it would seem. If I was the Argentine coach I would be staying miles clear of Colo at the moment, he’s been shit. Overall we are yet again a shambles and a change of manager would seem the best way forwards, As much as I have supported Pardew over the years, it is now one too many heavy defeats for him to be taken seriously as a Premier League coach. I can have my mind changed with some good results and performances most likely, but we need a new manager.
Like the Everton game we’ve been ignored by the press as a whole. Instead put opponents (who will not face easier opposition all season) have gained plaudits for not doing a lot.
Lee Ryder’s final whistle match report is neither cutting nor contains any gloating (not that he wants United to get beat, he just despises Pardew).
Jacob Steinberg in the Guardian reckons United were as poor as Saints were brilliant
A lot of patter in this BBC report about England matches and Pardew’s ban/pre-match comments, not enough on how abysmal United were
This Premier League table shows who has the most points away from home this season. Surprisingly it’s Manchester United.
Can’t wait for Saturday. Be under no illusions, we’re looking at a Liverpool at home last season in my opinion.
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