As of last night, United’s season is as good as over. The upset we had dreamt of – even more intensely for those 22 seconds between Evra’s goal and Mandzukic’s equaliser – wasn’t to be and United, for the first time in a long while, have absolutely nothing to play for between now and May.
Here’s five things we’ve learnt last night.
We all know Pep Guardiola, manager of Bayern Munich is a very intelligent man. He likes to keep his opponents guessing about what formations he is going to play and what players he will field. He often leaves out stellar players such as Arjen Robben simply to confuse opposing managers. In Bayern Munich’s match vs Manchester United he played a 2-3-2-3.
Yes that formation is as ridiculous as it sounds! I hope the graphic below tries to explain it a bit better.
One of David Moyes’ projected highlights to come from his first few months as Manchester United boss comes in the form of Wayne Rooney.
Simply that he is still a United player.
At the point of taking the reigns, it seemed that Rooney was as good as gone after becoming disillusioned by life at OT having played second fiddle to Robin van Persie all last year.
David Moyes yesterday insisted that Manchester United will be back in the Champions League within a season or two and that while the 3-1 defeat to Bayern Munich was hard to take, there were plenty of positives to be drawn from United’s performance at the Allianz Arena.
Not surprisingly given the way he’s conducted himself this season, Moyes also emphasised the need to rebuild the team and, if he’s allowed to remain in charge, one feels last night might have been the last European game in red for a few players who could follow Nemanja Vidic out of the door in the summer.
Having spent the first leg defending in the trenches that were dug around their 16-yard box while trying to hit Bayern on the counter, United travel to Germany knowing that, at some stage during the game, they’ll have to shed the ponderous and dithering cloth they’ve worn all season and attack.
Resolutely. Like they’ve seldom done in this most beleaguered of campaigns.
Now our hands have been mathematically and begrudgingly prized off the Premier League trophy some United fans might turn their attention to rooting for England in this summer’s World Cup Finals!
Hope remains success at club level might yet come in the form of a European Cup win, but some United players could be eyeing more likely success at international level and the INCLUDES players playing their way into Roy Hodgson’s final 23-man squad. Yes that’s right, England CAN win the World Cup in their new England kit this summer!
But which United players will help drive that success and why?
Manchester United have confirmed that after trials against Real Sociedad and Fulham this year, the Singing Section will become a permanent feature at Old Trafford from the beginning of next season.
Fans United, the group behind the initiative which includes different fanzines and forums among which feature Stretford End Flags, Red News, Andy Mitten and Reclaim United, have today announced that the Singing Section will be located in the J Stand, meaning that those season ticket holders who sit in that area of the ground will have to be moved, unless they’ve signed up to take part in the initiative.
The midfield has been an area that has been under intense scrutiny from supporters, pundits and anyone else who has an opinion on football. From the success of the Keane – Scholes partnership to the disappointment of the Carrick – Fellani partnership, in this post I will try my best to analyse the Manchester United midfield. I will discuss how over the years the Manchester United midfield has changed and why we suffer from the problems we suffer from now
Roy Keane and Paul Scholes