With Moyes using the same starting line-up today as he did midweek and not using any subs till late on it looks like we will be sending out a weaker side against Alkmaar on Thursday. I was surprised that Moyes didn't use his bench more because of our grueling campaign. I think that we will field a weaker side against Alkmaar to concentrate on the Utd game.
I am surprised that we havent rotated the squad more this month because of the 11 fixtures. We have the talent i think...
David Moore, Posted 15/12/2007 at 22:20:07
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1 Posted 15/12/2007 at 23:13:21
The only risk is that if we lose through fielding a weak team, then we might just lose momentum. Still Moyes has barely put a foot wrong all season.
2 Posted 15/12/2007 at 23:24:04
Rotation is an invention of stupid money - expensive players who tell the manager they have to play. We haven’t had that problem, and Moyes is very good at keeping his players playing for him. The success that we deserve has been achieved on these terms. Maybe the man with the scarey eyes has turned away players who wouldn’t do it this way?
3 Posted 16/12/2007 at 02:13:19
If we were three-nil up then yes make subs but at one-nil any changes are fairly risky.
Thursday involves a number of risky decisions but he can make decisions based on how feet players seem in training - a conjecture us fans never see.
4 Posted 16/12/2007 at 09:15:47
5 Posted 16/12/2007 at 09:37:13
6 Posted 16/12/2007 at 10:06:43
7 Posted 16/12/2007 at 11:02:36
8 Posted 16/12/2007 at 11:01:18
I would play-
Wessels, Hibbert, Jagielka, Lescott, Valente/Boyle
Pienaar/VDM, Gravesen, Carsley, Cahill
But that’s just what I would do. I think the reality may be that Moyes only rotates 2 or 3 players from Saturdays game.
9 Posted 16/12/2007 at 13:15:21
Hibbert Jags Lescott Valente
Vidarsson Gravesen McFadden
Johnson Anichebe Vaughan
10 Posted 16/12/2007 at 16:26:37
Hibbert Yobo Jagielka Valente
Pienaar Gravesen Carsley McFadden
I would keep the African pair in as they are not here in Jan. I would bring Neville on for Carsley after 60 mins to rest him and Vaughan on also at some stage. Perhaps bring on Viddarson for a tiring Gravesen who legs wont last 90 mins.
Keep the Yak, Cahill, Arteta, Lescott and Howard rested.
I think VDM will not travel as Moyes wants shut in Jan if some mug will have him.
11 Posted 17/12/2007 at 13:17:56
We need to keep people pushing for places and keep the current unbeaten run going.
Take a full strength squad and stuff the Dutch as well I say.
12 Posted 18/12/2007 at 00:24:30
Hibbert - Jagielka - Stubbs - Boyle
Kissock - Gravesen - Vidarsson - Van der Meyde
Jutkiewicz - Vaughan
Lets Moyes get a feel for the reserve squad, gives Gravesen, Stubbs, and Vaughan some field time, and gives the young guys a chance to prove something.
13 Posted 19/12/2007 at 09:22:23
A good blend of youth and experience giving a couple of youngsters a taste of European football in a dead rubber game, maybe with Rodwell, Jutekiewicz, and JP Kissock, on the bench.