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Friday, April 28

Silly Season Starts Early

Taggart opines: "I am very optimistic about the future. In terms of our overall squad, it is as strong as I have ever had. If we get a reasonable bill of health, we must have a massive chance because I have no doubt, had we not suffered so many injuries at the start of the season, we would have been there this season.'" Yes sir- exlax. Buy some more wingers, a goalie and a couple more defenders. Oh, and another striker. That should see you covered.

I think Rooney is the only bright light in the worst yernited team in a decade...

Have it it, pundits!


  • United have played some rubbish football this year but as John 'O points out, they have some young players. People slate Ronaldo but he is still young and Rooney is still developing.

    United also need to find a central midfielder and they need more consistency from the back four.

    If I were a United supporter, I would be optimistic about the future provided they find a replacement for Keane and Rio either starts playing to his potential or is offloaded.

    By Blogger Chris P, at 2:37 PM  

  • Figure I will get in a buffer before someone wakes up that grumpy O Toole fella who will be seething. Rooney = absolute top drawer, in the top 3 in England with Gerrard and Henry for me. The rest of the established team is aging - Giggs, Neville, Scholes are all approaching the end and showing less consistency over the course of a season than in the past. Center mids are laughable as they dont have any presently due to Scholes injury. Back 4, no real complaint as I think the signings they have made are okay and Heinze to come back, keeper is fine too. They do have a great team spirit and going forward are great but the money is drying up at United and I think the holes to fill are going to be too costly to sustain a real challenge over the next 3 years. Still, they have impressed me a lot in the latter half of this season, if they ever figure out how to play before Xmas then they will always be a threat. An interesting thing will be what happens to Ruud? Burke predicts he walks.

    By Blogger Simon Burke, at 2:56 PM  

  • I was expecting more of an analysis of our win-loss ratio or something from you Rich.

    If this is the worst United team for a decade and we are still ahead of the Ambulance-shaking, shit-throwing, BinDippers in the league then life cant be too bad.

    Was expecting a piece on Scolari. The FA are making such a balls of this it would do the FAI proud:

    "I don't want anything more to do with this England matter because in the space of two days... my life was invaded, my privacy was disrupted," said Scolari, who will remain Portugal coach until after the World Cup.

    "There are 20 reporters outside my house now. If that is part of another culture, it is not part of my culture. I am not the coach, and will not be (England's) coach."

    By Blogger TheBusbyBoy, at 3:26 PM  

  • The England role is now laughable - the hope from me is Scolari is bluffing and forcing the FA to wait till after the World Cup whcih they should have anyway. If its not him, its McClaren and thats not good - they have gone from a committee of shite to executive advisors to not having a clue now...

    By Blogger Simon Burke, at 3:31 PM  

  • No, you've bolstered your league postition by focusing on the worthless / coca cola / whatever it is these days cup. I've given up with multivariate analysis - folks just don't appreciate it.

    Good for Scolari, bad for us. I wonder if the media will ever blame themselves?

    By Blogger Rich Hughes, at 3:33 PM  

  • Just worry about winning the cup final and not about us.

    By Blogger TheBusbyBoy, at 3:38 PM  

  • Ferguson is acting like Hitler in the bunker (Spring '45): instead of moving around army groups that don't exist, he's commenting as if he has a line of incoming players to threaten for another treble.

    It's pretty an aging, punch-drunk boxer wanting another title shot but not having the skills, or brains, to realize the dream is over.

    Could ManUtd be the next QPR??? Let's hope!

    By Blogger George Cuddy, at 10:06 AM  

  • Only slightly worse than being the next Man City.

    By Blogger TheBusbyBoy, at 2:30 PM  

  • Sadly, that is true! This campaign has been a nightmare...but it would be sweet to beat Arsenal on Thursday!!!

    MCFC 3
    Arsenal 1

    Claudio Reyna Hater #1

    By Blogger George Cuddy, at 4:28 PM  

  • Oh, in case no one is wondering (and that's what I assume to be the case where MCFC is concerned), my grades for the season:

    James: D (he's the only one we've used in all comps)
    Distin: C-
    Dunne: B+
    D. Mills: D
    Jordan: C
    Jihai: F
    Richards: B+
    Reyna: F-
    Barton: A (always an A, in my book)
    Ireland: B
    Sibierski: F
    Musampa: F
    Riera: F
    Sinclair: D-
    Cole: C-
    Vassell: C
    Samaras: A
    B. Wright-Phillips: F

    Basically, we stink!

    By Blogger George Cuddy, at 4:36 PM  

  • So you give an A to the player who wanted to leave? A C- to a striker who has defied all expectations when he was fit and a D to a keeper who has done very well in front of a horrible defence... do you actually watch your team? Riera too has been decent this year and when he adjusts to England a bit more he will be fine. F is very harsh.

    By Blogger Simon Burke, at 5:02 PM  

  • Would have to agree with Simon here....oooo...that felt good....need a cigarette after that.

    I do like Barton though and GAC, I assume, is grading them on performance so he shouldn't let the fact that Barton wants to leave affect that.

    By Blogger TheBusbyBoy, at 12:06 AM  

  • Performance is all that matters. Now, boys, please note the following:

    (1) I'm only able to watch MCFC on Fox Soccer Channel on the rare occasions they're shown. (2) I must rely on the team web site, and a host of other news sites for game accounts and other info, like gossip and transactions. (3) I'm very, very critical by nature - as you all can tell by my comments on the US men's team - and I have high expectations for a squad that, in December, appeared bound for Europe.

    With that in mind, my grades. Clearly, James has let in a few more softies this campaign than my critics here remember. Riera is already a long does it take to adjust? As for Andy Cole, didn't he die in 2001?

    Leave Barton alone. He's young, frustrated and clearly deserves a better shot at stardom when he sees the wages that benchwarmers at superior clubs are earning (and not producing like he has all year). Why not push for a transfer and see if it stirs up the pot a bit? I wish I lived next to the grounds in Manchester, but I'm stuck in Boston with Patrick and his Arsenal propaganda. Help me!!!

    By Blogger George Cuddy, at 7:08 PM  

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