Vote for Player of the Month – January 2012

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January saw United compete in the ‘Tie of the Round’ twice in the FA Cup beating neighbours City 3-2 at The Emptihad but falling disappointingly short without creating many chances at Anfield later in the month. In the Barclays Premier League the reds saw off the challenge from Bolton and Stoke at Old Trafford without conceding a goal after coming unstuck for the first time in years at St James’ Park (Sports Direct Arena) at the start of the month. January also saw United secure a magnificent three points at The Emirates after a 2-1 win saw them keep pace with league leaders City.

Who stood out for you throughout the month of January 2012?

Or was it whoever booted the ball at Martin Keown’s head before the FA Cup clash between Arsenal and Leeds United?

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  1. Just spoke with a friend of mine, a dead hard Inter fan. Some interesting things that came out of the conversation.

    It looks like they are suffering, they lost 3-0 today to follow up a 1-0 loss at home to Novara. Pretty much every Inter fan visible to eye is fed up with Sneijder, who has been bood severely for 2 games running now. He’s the one most people have turned against. He’s not had a decent performance in months, and his attitude is what they would call “so shit he deserves to get a motorcycle throw at his head”. It’s not only him of course, the whole team is booed, but he get’s the worst treatment. Inter have been pretty much shit all season long, but looked a better side without Sneijder. His performance, his attitude, everything about him seems to piss them off and the sooner he leaves the better.

    If this keeps up his value should be around Β£20 mill, if not less. And seriously, when supporters turn on their player so severely, do we really want that? I’m still delighted we didn’t go for him this summer, and to me this feels almost like a personal victory. πŸ˜† Most of you know I was in the Anti-Sneijder brigade this summer, and I still don’t want him. He obviously is fed up with playing for a team that doesn’t do too well, how do you suppose he would react if he was benched?? The main argument for us signing him this summer was “He would be vital in Champions League games”, but he seems to have that dutch attitude of demanding a starting spot no matter what game, or how much he has done for his spot. Definately not someone worth going for.

    • @RedDevilEddy: SAF wanted him badly. He knows better than you πŸ˜› Just kidding…
      I still want us to sign a world class midfielder if Scholes does not sign an extension.

        • @RedDevilEddy: Well Sneijder himself told the press that he was close to joining United last summer. Come on mate even you know it weren’t just rumors. Fergie wanted him badly.

    • @RedDevilEddy: We need to go for Modric this summer. Spurs will be vulnerable with the departure of Redknapp, players will be unsettled so we need to get him. Scholes is our best creative outlet, what does that tell you?

      I thought that after Barcelona crushed our 4-4-2, Sneijder would signal the beginning of the 4-2-3-1 formation at our club. I underestimated both Sneijder’s greed and Fergie as a cheapskate. So Sneijder’s ship has sailed, but I will stress that we need two world class midfielders and play 3 across the midfield. I want us to be like Real Madrid in the sense that we have midfielders with specific roles and a fast interchanging frontline with players of pace, poise and technique.

      With the right acquisitions in the summer, City can kiss our ass 😈

      • @Moscow is my heaven: Carrick is a world class holding midfielder. Pogba has technique and pace. Cleverley has technique and pace. Who do we need?

        ——- De Gea ——-
        Rafael/Jones-Rio/Smalling-Vidic/Evans-Evra/Fabio
        ——–Carrick ——-
        -Pogba — Cleverley—-
        Vally ———- Nani–
        ——-Rooney ——-
        Subs: Welbeck, Chicharito, Fletcher, Young, Scholes, defender, GK

        Maybe GΓΆtze???

    • @RedDevilEddy: I remember mate, but would he be better than Anderson? The simple answer is yes, I also believe if we had paid the money for him we more than likely would still be in Europe. We will never know this, but his pedigree would suggest so. Midfield is still an area we need to improve on, two World Class players there and the side would look very different. Time to sell Anderson and move on.

  2. Dutch players are moody by nature. But they are also very talented. It is unfair to Sneijder to dismiss him as a one season wonder. With a good coach and a good team he will thrive just like he did under Mourinho. You just need to see the impact Scholes has made since returning from retirement to see how much this squad needs someone in midfield with the ability to retain possession and set the tempo. Not to mention he brings with him considerable experience. If Scholes and Giggs ever retire we lose almost forty years of footballing experience. Sneijder would help to fill that gap in the short term.

    People love to talk up Pogba and i agree he has considerable talent. But if the guy leaves in summer what will we do?

    Rather than telling ourselves that Sneijder’s troubles at Inter are a sign we were right not to sign him why don’t we think outside the box. If Inter are fed up with him we have a great chance of getting an experienced Champions League winner who has reached the World Cup final and placed higher than any of our other players in the Ballon D’Or for a sum that probably wouldn’t be much more than Β£20 million.

    Dutch players traditionally do very well in the Premier League. Overmars, Robben, Bergkamp, Ruud, Van der Vaart, EVDS, Stam and many many many more. They have the perfect skillset. Continental skill but with European discipline. The only downside is a tendency to moodiness but man management is Fergie’s forte.

    I’d far rather take a chance and spend Β£20 million or so on Sneijder this summer (assuming Pogba leaves) than blow the same amount on a mediocre Premier League midfielder (if anyone has been paying attention Β£20 million or thereabout is the going rate for players who have done OK for midtable sides: case in point Downing; Adam Johnson; Ashley Young: Jordan Henderson. You also don’t take much change from Β£20 million if you buy foreign youngsters who have had a few promising seasons but haven’t really achieved anything: case in point Anderson. Of course every so often you end up with someone as good as Nani. But there is a far greater element of risk than signing someone like Sneijder.

    We may not like Sneijder’s personality. But we shouldn’t let that cloud our judgement of his quality and what he would bring to the team.

    We have been lulled into a false sense of security now Scholes has stabilized our midfield and we’ve won some big games. But Scholes is nearly forty and his fresh legs will eventually tire.

    Nothing has happened this season to change my view that we need to buy a top quality midfielder. And while I would much prefer to buy someone like Modric or Yaya Toure or Schweistineger or David Silva or Xavi or Iniesta. But none of those players are available. Sneijder is. So I would happily take a punt on him.

    • @colver: LOVE THIS.

      I always remember people saying Sneijder would get benched by Rooney, like he’s done SUCH a great job in midfield πŸ™„

      I just cannot grasp how fans would turn their back on such a no-brainer of a signing at £20 million as well 😯

      • @Moscow is my heaven: 20 million is hear-say. If you think he still is QUALITY, then surely Inter does too. Hence Sneijder will cost a lot more than Henderson (20 million). Expect 30 million.

  3. Oh not to mention the arrival of Sneijder would give a real boost to our squad. Rooney will stop doing his big fish in a small pond act as Sneijder has far better pedigree than Rooney. His arrival may lull Anderson out of his undeserved complacency and force him to fight for his survival. Cleverley will relish the competition and raise his game just as Welbeck raised his game to even higher heights to dispatch Berbatov to the bench. Our strikers will love the service Sneijder provides. He would have a great impact on the training ground.

    I do not see it happening because I think his wages will always be a sticking point (despite the fact we pay Rooney way more than Sneijder is asking for even though Rooney has been a shadow of the player he used to be). But do I want it to happen? You bet. It is the only thing I can think of that would quell my disappointment if Pogba leaves this summer.

    • @colver: Rooney the shadow of the player he once was? Maybe 21 goals in 29 games isn’t enough for some fans, geez some people are just desperate to have a go at Rooney…pathetic 😯 😯

  4. Stephen I said that is how Rooney acts. Not what I think. Just as with England I do not think he is really cut out to bear the burden of being the star player. Adding another world class player to our ranks would take some of the pressure off Rooney.

    I am one of Rooney’s biggest fans. But he does not seem to be enjoying his football as much these days and has lost some of his fire. He has goals yes but a lot are penalties and he has had very very few assists by his standards (3 last time i checked). But more it is his overall contribution the team. There is no faulting his work rate but he does not have the same creative spark he has in previous seasons.

    • @colver: He was out talisman in the run in last season, he has also been excellent this season. We could always do with better players, I have always said we need another top class midfield player and to the deluded who think that Anderson and Fletcher are good enough are simply burying their heads in the sand.
      Rooney is our best player by far, some on this site, obviously not you and we all know who we mean, just can’t wait to have a go at him
      For me this season he looks very happy, he has settled down and looks like the Rooney of old. He is also a striker so I am not bothered about assists and what penalties don’t count now? They count for Ronaldo? πŸ˜‰

  5. Agree Stephen with your Anderson comment. The guy has a few good games a season then a run of mediocre games interspersed with the occasional poor performance then gets injured for months on end. The guy has been with us since 2007 and only managed 80 performances. And I see no evidence of any real improvement. I still think some of his performances in his first season with us were his best for the club.

    Regardless of Sneijder’s indifferent form for Inter I still believe he would do an infinitely better job for us than Anderson and would greatly ease the transition process when Giggs and Scholes do retire for good. We all want Pogba to succeed but even if he does sign a new contract you can bet Ferguson won’t have him playing regular football for at least a few years. So what harm will it do playing Sneijder in the interim?

    Berbatov didn’t block Welbeck’s development in almost exactly similar circumstances to Pogba. So why should Sneijder block Pogba’s development? The only reason I am angling for Ferguson to play Pogba is to persuade him to sign a new contract. Long term I think Pogba would benefit from the Welbeck Cleverley route of a season on loan before making an assault on the first team. In the interim Sneijder can do a job for us which is more than can be said for Anderson.

    • @colver: Colver, I agree with all those points, what harm will it do to play Pogba? If he performs he will get a run and then has a big chance of signing a new contract.

  6. Stephen mate, I always thought of Rooney as a lone striker. Boy did he rip defences apart in the 09/10 season. Trouble is that Fergie keeps pulling him back to a deeper role because our midfield isn’t good enough.

    Put Sneijder in front of a double pivot central midfield, Nani and Valencia flanking Rooney. Use Hernandez as a super sub. Now that would be something.

    I think I have exhausted every insult and derogatory term for Anderson so I will leave him alone for now. I think the past 4 years should be enough for everyone to see just how mediocre and inconsistent he is. Scholesy comes back from retirement, and in just a few games, outclasses his sorry fat ass. Ridiculous. Ship him out in the summer while he still has resale value.

    Signing someone like Sneijder would shut people like me up, and give a boost to the whole club. We are entitled as fans of an elite club to want us to showcase the best talent in the world.

    • @Moscow is my heaven: πŸ˜† πŸ˜† Quality post mate, love the Anderson, quote “I think I have exhausted every insult and derogatory term for Anderson”
      Rooney is a victim of his own adaptability, truthfully I wish he would just stay up front rather tan do his, ” I am Paul Scholes, honestly” impression.

  7. @Moscow is my heaven: I agree rooney did play his best as a lone striker but I dont think fergie is dropping him back because our midfield is weak- its just the way we play. Fergie is set on a 442 and evhe qualitery 442 needs a deep lying forward regardless of the quality of midfield. WE are a very fluid team with plenty of movment so in a way rooney has a free role. And in your comment above I didnt see welbeck mentioned. Like it or not I believe fergie is adamant on making rooney and welbz a lethal partnership- so even if we did sign sneijder he will play centre of a 442 formation
    Modric though is the ONE player we need but if harry stays we can forget that

    • @ash is the man: Agreed, to call him a poor man’s Fabregas is an understatement, he is a nothingness. Cattermole on the other hand is a decent poor man’s Keane.

      • @Stephen: πŸ™‚
        i have watched a few arsenal games this season and besides not being impressed I was actually a little angry with the plaudits ramsey gets. He is abysmal

        • @ash is the man: He plays for Arsenal mate, if the make a few pretty passes bro they are cultured, the Arsenal way blah blah, 7 seasons and counting……

  8. Good to hear Vida may be back by then end of the season and Ravel is showing already what a class act he is at West Ham already, good riddance. Do these young footballers really understand the opportunity life has presented them?? πŸ™„ 😯

    • @Stephen: If Vida is back before next season I swear to God he’s not human! I’ve got plenty of friends who’s these sorts of injuries, worst case scenario for one was approximately 2 years out. Quickest FULL recovery has been 8 months, I know Vidic is a machine but even he can’t win this kind of battle over the human race.

      Can he!?

  9. Ramsey is a good footballer, but nothing more than that. His vision and work-rate is good, but other than that it’s pretty much shit. He doesn’t have the football intelligence required to be a midfielder at this level, some blame him but I’m not too sure. Wenger has fucked up many talents the last few years. Walcott and Bale were pretty similar when they first started, but you can see that Gareth knows how to use his pace and play football. He’s improved every part of his game. Walcott? Just run with the ball until you face a dead end, then lose the ball, regain it and repeat. It’s pathetic! Let’s not forget Fabregas went the Barcelona school, where all they are taught since they are in the diapers is movement. It’s not a sport to them, it’s an art. Pass, move, make runs to open up space, make runs to exploit space, and know where your opponents are at all times. Van Persie has been a talent ever since he was at Feyenoord, you see video’s from his early years and you see the exact same player. Only difference with Van Persie now is that he stays injury free, other than that he’s the same guy he was 10 years ago. Wenger is as much a professor as I’m a cabbage, the sooner Arsenal get him out the better. He doesn’t know how to change his game, he is a stubborn old cock, and despite having an eye for talent he definately doesn’t know how to improve it. Mid-table team is what they’ll be next season, can’t see Van Persie staying either. He’s a dutchman, he’s got ambition, if he still is an Arsenal player in September I’ll give each and every one of you a cookie.

  10. And to reply to some of the guys who commented earlier, concerning Villas-Boas, I definately still think he’s a genious. But come on, let’s face it! Do you actually think that he is the boss at Chelsea? Terry, Lamps, Drogba, even Roman decide more than him. The sooner he gets out players like Terry, Luiz and Lampard, the better for him. He knows how to play football, he knows what he wants his team to do, but when you’ve got idiots out there who think they know better what can you expect?? Luiz is a disgrace to defenders all around the world, I’ve 10 year olds defend better on FIFA! πŸ™„ The first penalty they conceded against us was because Sturridge got frustrated because Boas wanted him to defend, I mean what is that?? How can you possibly win anything when your players are doing that. Give him another team than Chelsea and he would revel, but of all the teams in the World he went to the place where a manager has the smallest amount of power in the dressing room. Seriously, if someone told me Villas-Boas told the players to play a 4-3-3 formation and Terry decided 4-4-2 was better, I wouldn’t doubt it! The man is a cock, and seems to compare everyone to Mourinho. “If you’re not Jose, you’re nobody”. πŸ™„ Of all the suffering managers in the Prem, he is the one I feel most sorry for! He seems like a good lad, a smart tactitian and someone who likes to communicate with his players, but because of the club he’s in he will fail.

    • @RedDevilEddy: Getting the players on your wave length is the essence of management, hence the glaring fact he isn’t a managerial genius mate.
      Mourinho, Ferguson all all greats because they get the best out of the players at their disposal, AVB can’t.
      I like you feel sorry for him, he made a fool of himself recently at press conferences with his bizarre ramblings.
      Tactically playing a high line with Terry who has the mobility of a super tanker is naive at best and and worst inept. Taking off Mata who was Chelsea’s best player when you are loosing was also stupid. Playing Torres who clearly finished, instead of Sturridge who should be playing through the centre is wrong, Bosingwa who has to be the worst right back in the league ahead of Ivanovic is also incorrect.
      Mate he looks good and I am sure he is a lovely guy, but is simply out of his depth. So no mate he isn’t a managerial genius, he has still a good side who are currently 5th in the table, any manager worth his salt would have that side in the top 4.

      • @Stephen: So bro I think MOSCOW and Me are vindicated today… YOu said MOurinho and Fergie in the same sentence. And whats more shocking is you PRAISED him.. PRICELESS… πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

  11. And I definately want Modric to join. Fuck Sneijder, if we actually managed to get Modric I would be dancing in the streets! The lad makes football seem like art, poetry in motion, him and Clevz in midfield would serve a more beautiful spectacle than…. Ian!

    • @RedDevilEddy: Modric would be a super signing, but dealing with Levy at Spurs is difficult to say the least. We should be dropping our rods into different ponds, rather than simply purchasing playing from other Premiership clubs, which we tend to do, which is safe but expensive.

  12. If we could really fuck Sneijder and buy Modric I’d go for it. But Tottenham aren’t going to sell Modric anytime soon and I’d rather buy Sneijder than someone mediocre or an overrated youngster. But no point banging on about it.

    I feel sorry for Vilas Boas. He is trying to do the impossible-make Chelsea play attractive football. Chelsea are the definition of sclerotic. They are still in essence the same team Mourinho built just five years older. None of their signings has improved the team and made up for their main players ageing.

    It makes you realize how lucky we are to have Ferguson when you consider the problems Arsenal and Chelsea are having. Ferguson’s ability to rebuild teams is just legendary.

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