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Mid-Week Review Show: EPL Talk Podcast

 Mid Week Review Show:  EPL Talk Podcast

Manchester United has gone crashing out of Champions League, having succumb to the left foot of Arjen Robben. On this episode of the EPL Talk podcast, I am joined by Laurence McKenna for our mid-week review show, talking about United’s capitulation and Arsenals ouster at the boots of Lionel Messi. That, and a preview of Europa League and this weekend domestic competitions.

The question Laurence and I pose on this episode is whether Premier League sides’ exodus from UEFA Champions League affected your interest in the tournament. Let us know whether you have more, less, or the same interest in the tournament, and we will discuss your feedback on this weekend’s review show.

6 Responses to Mid-Week Review Show: EPL Talk Podcast

  1. Devils Advocate says:

    Having attended the match, I came away with mixed feelings. I was both shocked and disappointed that United relinquished the 3-0 lead. I do believe that the current squad/team is ill equipped to outperform or, where necessary, grind out the required result both in the PL and Europe. Having said that, I witnessed a great game (result apart) and also saw promising signs in terms of the continuing development of the likes of Valencia, Nani and Rafael (despite the red card) I think Macheda would have been a better option as Rooney’s replacement.

    The fact is that the United of 2-3 years ago had more attacking options, whereas now they seem to revolve around Rooney. I recall Lee Dixon pointing out on Match of the Day once that the worrying thing for teams facing United then was that if one player was out or having an “off day”, there were 2 or 3 others who would put the ball in the net. Should opponents score 2, United were sure to score 3 (or more). Their resolve and resilience in defence was the perfect foil to their potency in attack. United (and England it seems) are now sadly relying on Rooney’s goals.

    Having lost Ronaldo and Tevez it is clear Ferguson believed Berbatov would have solved the support striker role but in my view, his languid style is a mismatch. United are in need of a Van Nistelrooy Mark 2. (Macheda?) The midfield needs a fully fit Owen Hargreaves back (will that ever happen ?) Team seniors Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville no longer have the pace required to compete effectively. Whilst Fletcher is a talented playmaker and Carrick possesses a sharp footballers brain, the latter is prone to lapses in concentration which I believe contributed to Olic’s goal last night and possibly Robbens.

    More worryingly though is the mentality of Alex Ferguson himself. Over the course of this season, I have noticed misjudgements, tactical errors and a sense of resignation at times. Let’s face it, by United standards, this has not been the best of seasons. I feel he may very well retire in the near future having given pretty much everything to the United cause. He looks tired and perhaps this would be an opportune moment to take a seat alongside Sir Bobby Charlton. Thoughts on this please.

    • The Gaffer says:

      Devils Advocate, my two cents (or two pence) is that Ferguson was within a whisker of everyone saying what a brilliant manager he is — if United had scored a late goal to make it 4-2 and put it out of Bayern’s reach. I don’t blame Fergie on this one. Sure, he made some selection mistakes in the first match such as not starting Valencia, but the defeat over the two legs shows that Ferguson is human too and so too are his players. They were beaten by a world-class team. I don’t see this as a downward trend for United and Fergie. It’s more of a “you can’t win them all” realization.

      Cheers,
      The Gaffer

      • Devils Advocate says:

        Gaffer…Thanks for the two cents contribution, tis appreciated. I guess it all comes down to what you have been used to based on past performances. I know no one team has any devine right to a place in the final but my disappointment was partially down to the fact that United didn’t appear to have a strategy in place when they went to 10 men.

        Possession has to be key in this situation but with Nani often tracking back, there was no target man to aim for when United cleared the 18yard area and Bayern took maximum advantage of this.

        Finally, I was unimpressed by the gamesmanship displayed by the visitors on a few occasions with both Rooney and Valencia being targets. Ribery ought to have been booked at the very least and van Bommel sent off. As the saying goes, “there’s always next season”

    • Richard Farley says:

      Devil’s Advocate:

      Great feedback. Laurence and I will undoubtedly chat about this on Sunday night’s recording, as how we look at Manchester United’s failings will be one of the more interesting (and, potentially, informative) discussions EPL fans will engage-in in wake of this year’s Champions League.

      If anybody else has discussion points, Laurence and I would love to hear them.

  2. Tom says:

    I couldn’t disagree with you guys more regarding the Rafael second yellow in the ManU – Bayern game. It was a clear tactical foul, Ribbery was on the break, and you can’t have different standards for 1st and 2nd yellow cards. Rafael’s mistake was getting the first yellow card. Soccer is a better game to watch if 1st yellow cards mean something and teams know they can try and exploit the defender who has a yellow, and it is also a better game if to watch if defenders don’t just pull down attackers when they are on the break. Oh, and I think the Bayern players were excited, and I’m not sure if the changed the referee’s call, but if he hadn’t given that second yellow he would have blown it; and it would have been a classic example of ManU favoritism.

    • Richard Farley says:

      Tom: Thanks for the feedback.

      Listening to what I said, I feel the need to correct myself. I should have said that if I were officiating, I would consider not giving either a card and just chalk it up to two people going after each other.

      However, I lean more in your direction: the card had to be given because Rafael was reaching from behind to stop a player’s progress.

      And in that way, I misspoke. I blame Laurence McKenna :)

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Mid-Week Review Show: EPL Talk Podcast

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Manchester United has gone crashing out of Champions League, having succumb to the left foot of Arjen Robben. On this episode of the EPL Talk podcast, I am joined by Laurence McKenna for our mid-week review show, talking about United’s capitulation and Arsenals ouster at the boots of Lionel Messi. That, and a preview of Europa League and this weekend domestic competitions.

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