Now ‘silly season’ is over I agree with many that the time is right to stop griping about the horror show transfer window and focus on how David Moyes can maximize results with the squad we have.
These are my own theories as to what I hope David Moyes does with the team by breaking down the positions, players and formations.
Let me start with a quick analysis of the players we have and what I believe is our best eleven.
Day after day,
Alone on a hill,
The man with the foolish grin is keeping perfectly still
But nobody wants to know him,
They can see that he’s just a fool,
And he never gives an answer,
But the fool on the hill,
Sees the sun going down,
And the eyes in his head,
See the world spinning ’round.
First there was “The Poseidon Adventure” then “The Towering Inferno” followed by other noteworthy disasters like “Earthquake, “The Day After Tomorrow”, “2012″ and of course everyone’s favourite, “Titanic”. Now it seems the right time to add another to the list. The long anticipated but highly dreaded “Manchester United – 2013 The Summer That Never Was”.
What can I say folks. I have gone on and on for weeks with my doom and gloom predictions and glass half empty outlook only to be proven correct at the end of “Zero Day”.
I have to say it was not my intention of writing a review of today’s match but seeing as Dan is on vacation, I guess it is important that somebody does fill in and offer a take on what happened, so here goes nothing.
I have to start off by saying that things looked ominous and very suspect before the kickoff. The team selection for such an epic derby was nothing short of atrocious. Moyes is showing me nothing right now other than he is an unreasonable facsimile of Sir Alex Ferguson without the aura, intimidation factor and magic. A poor copy is still a copy and a copy is not the real thing.
This summer has been a comedy of errors and one big con job on all of us and it still amazes me how many of you cling onto the belief that something major will come down before the 3rd.
I for one am fed up and have almost given up talking about this fiasco and charade, as it’s clear nobody can handle the truth. You want to blame somebody? Blame the owners, not the paid lackeys who are ordered to carry out their wishes to a tee.
Today was a cagey and intelligent game of chess that played itself into an unfortunate but deserved draw. Despite the hard work and highly professional effort by Wayne Rooney United could not find that magical moment in the box that would break the deadlock and to be honest, both clubs were reduced to nothing more than half chances and hand ball let offs for Chelsea. Two blatant hand balls in the box were not called against Chelsea and that just seems typical considering I cannot remember the last time Chelsea have ever given up a hand ball penalty, especially to United. I’m sure they have but they never get their just punishment. Lampard’s handball especially was blatantly awful and unfortunately unjust. As for the match as a whole, let me call this segment the good, the bad and the ugly.
It’s time to write something from a lighter perspective and catch the tension before Monday’s epic encounter with Chelsea. I’m absolutely exhausted and frustrated talking about the transfer window so the upcoming clash of the titans is a welcome distraction and a chance to offer my two cents on and what I’m expecting to see.
I think this game has all kinds of possibilities but I also think both managers will approach the game with a lot of caution.
David Moyes has home advantage and the crowd in his favour while our form vs Swansea leaves many with much encouragement going into this game.
So David Moyes has come out of his cocoon and admitted that United might not sign anybody between now and the end of transfer window. “There is no pressure to do it. I have an idea of where I’d like to strengthen. If the right players are available, then great, but there is a possibility nothing may happen”
Where do I start? Simply put, the rage presently running through my body is not healthy and I’m seeking an outlet so that I can vent my anger, frustration, betrayal, disgust and utter contempt. First off let me say that to some of you out there (and you know who you are) who actually have the temerity and lack of IQ to question my allegiance, let me say that I couldn’t give a rats ass what you think. I love and have loved Manchester United for almost forty years. I have endured both the good, the bad and the awesome with this great club but let it be known right now, I am declaring war against this present regime that is running my beloved Red Devil’s into the ground while making them a laughing stock in the global community.
Dear Sirs and Scoundrels:
Let me first start by thanking you for making this summer the mother of all Hells. You along with your friends at Arsenal have made the “Silly Season” (aka summer transfer window) the “Stupid Season” and a period of history that will go down in defining your lack of competence, sincerity, honesty and integrity. You have gone and taken this club, once the beacon and shining light of football in Britain and around the world and turned it into to the standing joke of the year. And all this while you can still claim the title of defending Premier League Champions.
Impressive, most impressive.
OK, one down and 37 to go. So what have we learned from United’s first match of the season, first victory as well as first regular season match under new manger David Moyes?
First off let me congratulate David Moyes on his first victory. I have to say this, even though Dave was never my choice for manager of this prestigious club, I am one of those out there who is very happy for him and delighted with a tough road win that hopefully filled us all with some optimism while answering some immediate questions.
I am writing this rant shortly after reading an article in the Daily Mail that states “English football’s biggest rivals Liverpool and Manchester United have made an unofficial pact to stop Luis Suarez and Wayne Rooney leaving for Premier League rivals in a fight to curtail player power. Anfield principal owner John W Henry and United’s Glazer family, who already know each other well from their connections in American sport, have been in regular contact throughout the transfer sagas, which alongside Real Madrid’s efforts to sign Tottenham’s Gareth Bale, have dominated the summer. They have agreed to stand resolute and not cave in to Suarez, Rooney or their representatives, who have agitated for moves. Liverpool will not sell Suarez at any price to Arsenal, and Rooney can forget a move to Chelsea. By pursuing this strategy, both sets of owners believe it could mark a turning point in the steady rise in player power.”
What a laugh……
Now that the friendly season is all but over Manchester United goes into the 2013/14 campaign with more issues and questions than they have faced since the late 80’s when Sir Alex Ferguson was truly worried about getting the sack. It’s a time of turmoil, unrest and many a question are being asked about the club’s plans, ambitions and competency on and off the pitch.
Lets face it, the hiring of David Moyes has all of us embarking on a new voyage with our beloved Red Devils. Are we on the Queen Mary or is this going to be the Titanic?
I think I should start off today saying that after having submitted numerous articles where I have spewed disgust and frustration at the ownership of Manchester United, it’s time for a more positive approach based on news that has begun to go viral the past 24 hours or so.
First off let me say that I am not the fickle individual some of you have accused me of in the past. I am not one who likes to condemn one day and praise the next. But it is hard to ignore the reports that begun with a world exclusive in the Daily Star on August 1st, 2013 and have since spread virally through most of the football reporting blogs and websites around, both tabloid and reputable in nature.
Well I am hoping that the disappointment is sinking in now regarding our so-called pursuit for Marouane Fellaini. Although he was not the number one choice for most supporters, he was the player most often linked with a sure move to Old Trafford. As I sit down to write this, several hours have passed beyond the supposed expiry deadline to capture Fellaini for the rock bottom price of £23.5 million that his release clause invoked. Now it would probably take over £30 million for us or anybody else to get him.