Another pathetic defeat, another game which the opposition basically had to turn up to get the points. Forget about questioning his substitutions, tactics, team selections and comments in the media; the players are not playing for Alan Pardew. It’s not that I think they don’t care, I think many do – but they have no confidence in the manager at all. There’s no way back.
The game itself was desperate. A half fit Debuchy looked on a different level and an even more unfit Remy gave United a slight goal threat for the first time in a long time. What has happened to Swansea though? They were even worse than United and picked up a barely deserved 3 points against the worst team in the league at the moment.
I think rather than analyse any match reports etc, the most attention United have received this weekend in the media was pre-match on Saturday. I wouldn’t read or buy the Daily Mail if you paid me but plenty of mags have had their say on this piece:
Jamie Carragher has already made a promising name for himself as a television pundit and I enjoy hearing him talk compared to the likes of Souness and Hoddle. However Carragher is miles wide of the mark on this occasions. United are not where they should be. Let’s remember that United have now lost 5 in a row, won only 4 games this year and are generally painful to watch. Can you imagine if that happened at Liverpool? The media hounded Hodgson when he was there. ‘A club like Liverpool’ deserve better than the mid table team he was turning them into (when they were generally between 8th and 12th while he was there). Hodgson had no money to spend and was working under difficult owners who would not invest. Sound familiar? Yet it was accepted in the media Hodgson was a disaster at Liverpool and his tactics, substitutions and public utterances were torn to shreds in public by the national and Liverpool based media.
Why then, do the media not take a similar view to the events at Newcastle United at the moment?
Is it because Liverpool’s recent and historical successes meant that their fans deserved better? But this is the same club whose ‘long suffering fans’ are close to winning the Premier League. In the last 15 years Liverpool have won;
Three League Cups
Two FA Cups
The Champions League
The UEFA Cup
A European Super Cup.
I don’t know how Liverpool’s fans have coped with the lack of success, I really don’t. I know this is a very specific example of one man associated with one club, writing about United but I feel it’s systematic of the media view about us.
Pardew has little attracted little criticism outside of the North East and looks unlikely to do unless he takes us down.