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What Is Going Wrong For Manchester United?

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West Brom fought back from two goals down against Manchester Untied to earn a very impressive point at Old Trafford. At half time few would of thought the final outcome would be anything other than a comfortable win for the home side, but credit to Roberto Di Mateo’s men who continue to impress.

While Di Mateo does deserve praise for inspiring his side to an excellent comeback, Sir Alex Ferguson will be bitterly disappointed at his side’s failure to see out a game that in truth should have been a routine victory.

In years gone by you have to feel that United would have gone on to win this game by four or five, but at present there seems to be a real ruthless streak lacking.

Ferguson himself was far from happy with the result but attempted to lift some of the blame from Edwin Van Der Sar, who’s error gave the visitors their equaliser. He said: “You just have to forgive him that. It is an unbelievable career he has had. You just have to wipe it from the slate.

“It’s a totally unacceptable result and we’re obviously frustrated. We have given the game away. We should have been four, maybe five, up at half-time. We really need to start putting our foot down when it comes to killing teams off.”

To be honest I don’t think United are far off been able to really push for the title, but disappointing results like today could stop them giving Chelsea a real challenge. As mentioned earlier in the article, you have to feel that United of old would never have let West Brom back in to the game.

United should have won the game in the first half but didn’t have enough about them to kill off a defiant West Brom side who have already showed their ability to score goals at homes of Premier League big-boys this season.

It really does beg the question, would Wayne Rooney have made a difference. With hindsight it is easy to question Ferguson’s decision to leave last season’s talismanic striker out of his starting line-up and in many ways I don’t think Rooney in his current form could have changed the game.

United are lacking something at the moment. So far this season they just haven’t played with their usual swagger. If they are to stop Chelsea running away with the league, Ferguson needs to fix this problem as soon as possible.

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  1. Parky

    October 17, 2010 at 8:32 am

    Something not right at Old Trafford, for sure.

    I’d like to see Michael Owen given a run of games. He looks as sharp as I’ve seen him for a few years.

    As Paul Hayward has been suggesting in the Guardian, it looks like Rooney and his advisors are angling for a move away. Only thing is, I can’t see Wayne settling abroad, and which other English team would he move to? Chelsea maybe?

    By the way, Di Matteo’s name is spelt wrongly in the piece, and it’s “would have”, not “would of”.


  2. d rock

    October 17, 2010 at 5:58 am

    gee, i wonder why United were linked with like 4 different keepers over the last 2 weeks>?

    VDS used to be solid. he is garbage now. probly should have waited until the end of the season to announce his retirement. in his mind he is already retired. his brain just isn’t in it.

    no fletch=no mid field. he needed a rest as he played the full 90 for both scotlands games last week. yet another reason to hate fifa and their worthless international matches.

    once giggs went off injured, things went to shit quickly. sad thing is that he is facing an extended period on the sidelines. can we rely on park? lol no! who’s left now? obertan? bebe? i would like to see obertan get a chance, but there are rumors he had a bust up with fergie in the pre-season.

    think we can get tom cleverly back on emergency before january? oh wait, he;s got a knee injury….it just gets worse and worse.

    evra needs to get over his france troubles and show us he can be his old self again.

  3. Lab Partner

    October 16, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    Keeping in mind Rooney’s long slump, is it really a surprise that Ferguson is beginning to move on and develop other attacking options?
    If Rooney doesn’t return to quality soon I wouldn’t be shocked to hear Ferguson start to dote on Hernadez the way he used to over Rooney.

  4. Andrei

    October 16, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    “It was very important not to lose against WBA. We accomplished that and in this sense it is a positive result”. Sir Alex Fergurson

    • soonerscotty

      October 16, 2010 at 8:44 pm

      I think SAF borrowed that line from Uncle Woy Hodgson.

  5. Hall Green Baggie

    October 16, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    If only United had a keeper who didn’t make daft errors. We used to have one of those – oh, what was his name? Kuszczak, that was it. If only Man U had someone like that they could call upon.

  6. farlieonfootie

    October 16, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    I’ll lay the problem straight at the doorstep of the central midfield. SAF left the engine room today under the control of Anderson and Carrick. I’ll charitably shade the gameday performance between the two to Ando just slightly, on account of one or two nice tackles, but overall the performance of both players left much to be desired. The midfield was totally overrun without Fletch in control, and United were utterly unable to boss the game.

    This issue is compounded by a separate and even more astonishing problem: a total loss of confidence at the back. Inexplicably, and in a very un-United like way, the Red Devil defense looks panicky as soon as it concedes, as if a second opposition goal must inevitably follow the first. The personnel seem to matter less than the result: gone today were O’Shea and Evans, and in their places were Ferdinand and Rafael. No matter; the deer in the headlights look is still there.

  7. goalz

    October 16, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    Their goalie can’t hold a ball!

    Or, they just aren’t as talented as they used to be now that they start Javier Hernandez and Berbatov up front with a weak ass Wayne Rooney relegated to being an ineffective substitute.

    Giggs/Scholes equals old. Would be fine, but Carrick is weak, Gibson is a one-trick hack, Anderson will never be, and so on and so forth.

    Where was Fletcher for this game? Felt he would make a big difference. Rafael starting is never a good thing, btw.

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