"Well, talk about "rabbits in headlights"! This was just plain embarrassing lads. Glad they didn't put the first team out! You all know what the game-plan was. Defend for 85 minutes then Timmy notches one late on! What went wrong?... and why does everyone hold the ball too long? Can none of you pass a ball with the first touch any more?"
"Tim, great game again. Kept us in it a couple of times, and no chance with the goal."
"Tony, 10 points for effort but thought you were on the wrong side of your man a couple of times, and buy some new boots, you can`t pass properly with square toes, lad."
"Jags and Syl, bleeding heroes today, you two! MotM for you Jags! Really felt sorry when that went in. Bit indecisive for the goal, Syl, but just wish others could pass a ball like you."
"Leighton, good job you don't play against Valencia every week, you'd never get a sniff of an England shirt son. Looked a bit lost to me, and slow. Might have to start calling you "late-un".
"Seamus, again, a long way from your best. I remember when you used to go past defenders, son, those were the days!"
"Phil, some wicked passing out there today! ... What do you mean "Thanks boss"? ? WICKED, as in complete crap, and don´t try to dribble players, son, you just make a prat of yourself."
"Ossie, good disappearing act son, well... at least you tried to play a bit."
"Bily, look, I know players that can´t control a ball, but you can´t control a frigging telephone catalogue son. You lost the bleeding ball every time you got it. You HAD to come off. I hope you are fit next week, Mikel!"
"Jack, looked bleeding nervous son! Do you know how many times you passed a ball forwards today? Well, I don´t need two hands to count on, that's for sure! What about taking a chance with a first-time pass for once! You bleeding frustrate me lad. Can do better! Might have to off-load you while your name is still hot!... Only joking!"
"Becks, you looked like a frightened schoolboy son. You`ve got one of the longest necks I`ve seen, but every time you jumped with Ferdinand, you wound it in, son! Yes, I know it was a penalty, but you don`t get penalties here, everyone knows that."
"Big Vic, well, at least you didn't look frightened, lad. Difficult game to step into."
"Tim, we did get going a bit when you came on, just because you can hold the ball for a while."
"Magaye, at least you went past players, not bad!"
"Next year I will ask the FA If we can just play 37 games, we can just give United the points. Let's face it, we are never going to get a point here. I'll never get a job here now ? that's for sure! Right, Wigan next week. Back to winning ways again."
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1 Posted 24/04/2011 at 08:44:01
That is fucking shameful. Regardless of the fact Man Utd have been Champions for most of that time.
I am not a Moyes hater by any means but come on, this is getting ridiculous. If our players are so inferior then we wouldn't be able to give them such trouble at Goodison (even when they beat us at GP, we usually make a fist of it). It must either be the manager's fault or the players just freeze. Either way, it's fucking embarrassing.
2 Posted 24/04/2011 at 09:03:22
"How come your tactics were so shit? If anyone should be accused of getting caught in the headlights, it's you Moyes."
3 Posted 24/04/2011 at 09:12:43
He was at it again last week when asked about whether Rodwell was a done deal, telling people a glorious club like Man Utd don't do those sort of things and neither do Everton... Bullshit, Davey, it's common knowledge they are like a cancer in the scouting system ? and let's not mention the Rooney saga. We will never win at Utd whilst he is manager as he just goes there to sit back and ogle the fuckers.
4 Posted 24/04/2011 at 09:34:31
5 Posted 24/04/2011 at 13:26:09
My point is that, at their place, we just seem to hope for the best rather than actually try to win... otherwise, surely we would have scored more than two goals in over 630 minutes of football.
Is it Moyes or do the players just freeze?
Or is it just one of those things... like us always beating Fulham at home?
6 Posted 24/04/2011 at 13:57:34
7 Posted 24/04/2011 at 14:36:44
You can sum up Moyes management in a single sentence. After 9 long years of team-building, club record breaking transfers and youth development, we take the field for the second half against the most successful team in the Premier League, relying for our main goal-scoring threat on Victor Anichebe, whose total production in 15 league and cup appearances this season is... zero.
8 Posted 24/04/2011 at 15:49:01
Helluva long "single" sentence, but still ends up as insufficient and nonsense.
Record-breaking transfers paid for by selling other players (how is that not significant?). Moyes's big mistake last summer was not selling in order to buy a striker, it was so obviously needed. Shoulda sold the Yak and wantaway Pienaar.
This close season, sell Yak, Yobo, Vaughan and Anichebe and buy a striker.
I really did not see where we'd get goals from yesterday, with Prem debutant season Beckford as our only "senior" striker???
9 Posted 24/04/2011 at 16:51:31
They don't all have to cost what Torres and Carroll cost. Hernandez was only £6M! Instead, we have Beckford and Anichebe, neither of whom are Premier League strikers. That's a decade of team building!
10 Posted 24/04/2011 at 18:40:07
11 Posted 24/04/2011 at 19:25:54
Anyone can pick out players who have not made it. Wenger ? Jeffers, all his goalies; Chelsea, £30M on Shevchenko, god knows what on Wright-Phillips; Man U, the Shite, the lot have made mistakes. But ask anyone who has got the most out of the finance they've available, and my guess is people in football will say: Moyes, Moyes, Moyes.
With about £3M a year, we've gone from Rhino, Gemmill, Gazza, Linderoth and Ferguson... to Baines, Jagielka, Distin, Heitinga (I rate him), Fellaini, Arteta, Cahill, Rodwell, and ok, Saha.
We are light upfront because we threw so much of our little finance into Yakubu, who got an awful injury. Otherwise, he'd be 20 a season, and we'd be alongside Spurs.
We need to sell to buy again (as again not a pot to piss in), and include a £10M plus striker in there to give us a chance. Jeez, I'm not gonna be despondent because we lost to the soon-to-be-crowned Champions...
12 Posted 24/04/2011 at 19:37:07
Howard, Jags, Distin, Felli, Arteta, Cahill, just light upfront...
Back-up for the spine... Heitinga, Neville, Rodwell, and I rate Osman for that, too. Sell deadwood, and perhaps Bily and get a couple of strikers.
13 Posted 24/04/2011 at 20:48:56
I am not angry, upset, shocked, suprised... in fact, I am not anything. The feeling of acceptance from yesterday's defeat from Everton Football Club as a whole speaks volumes. I know people will churn out the old "but most other teams that have played them away have lost."
I will be perfectly honest... I couldn't give a shit about any other teams. To go into ANY match, regardless of who your are playing, and not show any attacking intent is criminal. Defend Moyes all you want but yesterday was a complete and utter cop out as far as I could see. Clueless, naive, predictable drivel. Nothing more nothing less.
I fancy us to put a few past Wigan next week... that's our level. I get the feeling even with financial muscle we will fail to deliver and compete with the bigger teams. We are not winners, plain and simple, We accept defeat and love a good pat on the back from Fergie. Not good enough... not anywhere near good enough.
14 Posted 25/04/2011 at 04:14:48
Some 20-goals-a-season striker! He was over-rated, over-priced and over-paid, as was Beattie, as was Johnson. At least with Beckford and Anichebe we got what we paid for. Nothing!
15 Posted 25/04/2011 at 08:07:05
16 Posted 25/04/2011 at 10:56:37
17 Posted 25/04/2011 at 15:04:36
Roberto though, the worrying thing is the spine you named, which is a true representaion of our team, reads like this : 32, 29, 34. shit, 29, 32. To be playing good football and have a chance at maintaining that level, you need few 24-27 year olds in there, as in 2-3 years NONE of those players named will still be in our starting 11.
18 Posted 25/04/2011 at 22:29:31
the worrying thing is the spine you named, which is a true representaion of our team, reads like this : 32, 29, 34. shit, 29, 32. To be playing good football and have a chance at maintaining that level, you need few 24-27 year olds in there, as in 2-3 years NONE of those players named will still be in our starting 11.
Some are getting on, but Howard is a 32-yr old keeper (so not old as keepers last an extra 5 years), and Felli is 23, and Cahill 30.
A lot of the recently bought players are very young. No idea if they're much good, although have been quite impressed with Gueye.
19 Posted 27/04/2011 at 08:25:40
Who ever the hell is in charge of the kit needs to sort these boots out, I couldn't believe just how many kept slipping and falling over, it was embarrassing at times watching the poor buggers do that. Next match, those boots had better have been replaced...
20 Posted 27/04/2011 at 08:27:57
Any manager who even contemplates putting that useless lump Anichebe anywhere near the first team should immediately be sacked for dereliction of duty!
21 Posted 27/04/2011 at 08:37:33
Sorry bud, but those players are getting on to their last years at this club.
29, 34, 29, 32 and lets add Cahill at 30.
That is five first team players in or near their 30s. This represents quite a large core of the first team... it's not something you can shrug off and seem to say it doesn't matter.
The squad is aging, and we need fresh blood, we need younger replacements for those positions as soon as possible.
As players get older they get slower ? and, if any of these lads get any slower, they'd stop ? its something Moyes is probably aware of and needs to change.
The Premier League is shite ? simple as that, look how easy it's become for teams to ride up the league with a few back-to-back wins or draws... go back to the early-/mid-90s it was a completely different league. Shit managers where found out and their teams where relegated. Quite how we got out that mess back then is beyond most of us...
Anyways, we've probably got 2 or 3 more years left with these aging players at most, in the case of Distin he will probably last until he is in his late 30s... he had a cracking season this year, and was subbed for the first time this season with cramp; never missed one game, unlike some of them.
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