With the short time he has to impress, why was Fernandes put wide on the right, then swapping with Piennar, wide left? For a short period of the Chelsea game he went in the middle and looked impressive with his passing ability. Moyes has got to play him in his rightful position.
There were a couple of occasions when the ball got rolled out to Jags, he then just hoofed it up field, when it should have been passed to Fernandes and posession would have been ours instead of blatantly giving the ball away. I'm Manny's biggest critic but give the lad a chance in his rightful position.
Colin Malone, Posted 19/04/2008 at 08:04:27
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1 Posted 19/04/2008 at 16:40:50
I personally would have played Baines on the left, Carsley and Fernandes in the middle and Pienaar wide right. Moyes didn’t see it like that though and went for the amazing Carsley and Neville partnership centrally.
Fernandes when he moved inside was impressive. He was dropping as deep as possible and demanding the ball and that impresses me. One of the main reasons I want to sign him is because he’s a flair player who turns up in big games. We lack that at the moment.
Personally Colin I’d go 4-5-1 like you said last week and get as many flair players in there possible. I know I disagreed last week but the football has to improve so getting as many footballers in there is key. I’d think about going like this in midfield:
2 Posted 19/04/2008 at 17:00:15
I still believe that Fernandes has the class we want but I fear that if he screws up over the next 3 games - particularly if he costs us a goal then Moyes will give him th epush.
Arteta Cahill Fernades Osman and Pinnear
BUT only until we sign some decent pacy winger or class central midfield then Pinnear or Ossie should give way
3 Posted 19/04/2008 at 18:11:14
4 Posted 19/04/2008 at 20:45:19
Manny was the only one who came close to a goal on Thursday.
5 Posted 19/04/2008 at 20:35:45
If Arteta & Osman are fit then go with it but if not I think Baines should play on the left wing to allow Peanuts to go on the right & Manny in the middle.
Alot depends on the fitness of those carrying niggling injuries as to whos available but I think we have more options than just disaster of Neville/Carsley in CM if DM has the bottle to try them.
6 Posted 19/04/2008 at 22:06:27
On the subject of the present midfield, a lot has been written on this site recently about the deficiencies of Phil Neville in midfield, particularly in relation to his passing abilities. I just happened to be checking out the stats on the top performers in the Prem this season in various categories. Guess who figures in the top ten for completed passes this season? Yes you guessed it, Captain Marvel with 1380!! I guess there?s lies, damned lies.....
7 Posted 20/04/2008 at 02:23:31
I don’t think a whole stadium full of supporters can be wrong every week.
8 Posted 20/04/2008 at 18:50:45
9 Posted 20/04/2008 at 19:59:57