After taking a day to digest the narrow F.A. Cup win over Crawley Town, the match showed some clear deficiencies in the Manchester United side. Wes Brown’s header was enough to put us through to the quarter-finals of the competition but the performance can be classed as nothing short of woeful.
Many of you here commented after the game about Bebe and Gabriel Obertan being the two worst performers on the Old Trafford pitch, and I’m afraid I have to agree. Both had absolutely terrible games and it casts a shadow over their respective United careers.
Bebe looks as is he has no clue and Sir Alex Ferguson’s judgement must surely now come into question as he looked out of his depth against a non-league side with an inability to cross the ball that is beyond belief.
But I am more disappointed in Obertan, a Clairefontaine graduate, played in Ligue 1 and has been at United for almost two years, yet he only seems able to run in a straight line with his head down, his distribution is poor and he is often caught trying a silky flick rather than the correct pass.
One positive note was the interview given by goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard who stated that ‘we cannot be proud of that performance’, and too right he is Regardless, for now as we are through to the next round and either Arsenal or Leyton Orient await.
Some more positive new now, the academy side recorded a magnificent 6-1 victory over Manchester City in the league, with Larnell Cole grabbing a magnificent hat-trick and Sean McGinty scoring from a cross. Check out the highlights below.
Sticking to the young player theme, there was an excellent article posted over the weekend at the Guardian regarding Ravel Morrison and his ongoing troubles. Many have speculated about the reasons of rumours that have been circulating over the last year or so.
The basic crux of the matter is regarding a court case in which he was accused of intimidating a witness. He subjected the victim of a knifepoint robbery to threatening phone calls, and appeared in the victim’s garden with 15+ people before their front window was smashed.
He admitted two charges and has been given a 12-month referral order. But read the full piece to get a better idea of our newest superstar in the making.
Finally what would a morning update be without delving into the world of transfer speculation? Once more it is the midfield, which has been spoken about, and this time we have three new candidates apparently on their way to Old Trafford.
According to The News of the World Luka Modric is the preferred replacement for… you guessed it, Paul Scholes. But with a £35 million price tag he won’t come cheap and Harry Redknapp has already said he won’t be going anywhere.
Next up is Jordan Henderson who is valued at around £15 million. Apparently Steve Bruce is willing to do business as long as Darron Gibson, Jonny Evans or Danny Welbeck are thrown in as part of any deal.
Last but not least we have Jack Rodwell, the Everton midfielder is thought to cost a cool £25 million, but with the finances always fragile at Goodison Park, the youngster may be sacrificed in the summer.
Today I will leave you with some words from Sir Alex regarding the Champions League ticket prices where the cheapest seats cost £150: “It’s unbelievable and disappointing. It’s a killer and a corporate deal, that,” he told reporters.
“Managers and players can’t do anything about it.
“I don’t know what you can do. You have a booking fee also of £26 or whatever it is, so dearie me.”