Moyes is lacking 'charismatic authority', Kieran Gibbs is defended, Chelsea's problems are examined and a dreadful chant attacked. It's a glorious mailbox...
Fear is stopping Moyes dismantling Fergie's team, we are told. Plus, one Arsenal fan digs at Gibbs and mails on Martinez, the Group of Death and a Spurs Christmas list...
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The Old Trafford Barber
I really feel for Man Utd's in-house barber. He gets criticised for his "generic footballer" cuts by Chris MUFC, then when he tries something a little bit snazzy he gets slated by the same fan for going all "wanker hipsterish". What can he do?
I've seen these crop up in the mailbox from time to time. So I want to know: why do players 'rot' in the reserves? Is there some potent fungus in the air at reserve grounds that withers flesh? Do all reserve teams look like lepers?
Answers on a postcard please.
Jim G (NFFC)
Every once in a while, that question keeps coming up about why do people hate Utd. Well, I think the email from Chris, MUFC pretty much sums it up.
Carl (Can't hate Utd but would like to see them fail just so Chris can go suicidal.), AFC
I see that Chris has been given yet more space on F365, is this just to provoke a response? As I cannot see why F365 keeps supporting his agenda.
Right, afraid we're going to have to jump in here. In what respect are we 'supporting his agenda' by publishing an opinion you don't agree with? If we're supporting agendas, then we're supporting a whole bunch of wildly different agendas. It'd fair make our heads spin if that's what we're doing. Anyway, do carry on... - Mailbox Compiler
I dont know what his problem is is Young, Wellbeck and Valencia as all of them do their jobs as ordered. Chris mentions Zahas play, but lets see what happens after a year of the MUFC coaching staff stopping him from performing his tricks which they have done to every player since Ronaldo left. Its like the coaching staff dont like flair, and I hope that Moyes's new staff correct this and bring back wingers that will trick a player create space and cross or shoot, something Wellbeck did well with his run and then pass to RVP (who also performed well to create space) in his second goal. You mention how well Anderson did but this is purely because he is more mobile than Giggs who looked like he needed Roy Keanes dog to accompany him on his walk round Wembly, which brings me nicely to Cleverly who was force to add cover to the defence whilst Ryan had his stroll, not his position at all. We could have played Anderson, Lanell Cole or Nick Powell in Giggsys position to give the others a change from the start, We could have played Jack Rudge and let Cleverely go forward but still Moyes persists in playing Giggsy and this is an embaressment for MUFC.
Finally Chris any defensive midfielder would be an improvement to the squad but Moyes seems obssessed with a marque signing possibly because he fears for his job when Rooney leaves, however he would do better to fix the problems not sign the big names, I have called for Wanayma in the past but I fear the window will pass without this being solved and I still have my Moyes out banners ready. Losing Rooney will not be a big thing as MUFC have plenty of talent going forward, not having cover/ help for Carrick will cost us dear once again.
Success for me is getting into the champions league next year and progressing to the quarter finals (or winning the UEFA Cup) this year. A domestic cup would also be nice and something to get Moyes off the mark in trophies is important as the lack of them will become a problem if it goes on too long, to this end I cannot see the benefit of loaning Ryan Tunnicliffe out this season has done when no additions have been made nor why Jesse Lingard was not given a run on Sunday.
Michael (Think Moyes has done to little to late) Piggott
Calm & Reasonable? But This Is The Internet!
Chris MUFC - probably the most annoyingly basic, entitled Utd fan who states beyond obvious opinions on matters even a bbc pundit would be able highlight (although a lot more eloquently than this dude). "Whats the point of welbeck", "cleverley is a prick" "ashley young please go away" "valencia is a atrophied, sad shadow of his former self". No one can argue with the views on Valencia and young who have had a couple of bad seasons and im sure the vast majority of man utd fans would not complain if they were given 1 more season and moved on.
But you use these very basic opinions on form to bitch about other core elements of the squad that strolled to the league title last year. Cleverley and welbeck are our academy graduates trying to find their feet and niche in a ridiculously big club. I love having them in our squad because it is another thing that separates us from teams such as man city and chelsea who give 0 chances to talented english youngsters. Every big club will (should) have local academy players they persist with because they add legitimacy and authenticity to a squad.
Cleverley is a tidy player and will do until someone genuinely class is signed/brought through to replace him. Dont forget Carrick only started getting geniune recognition (from England or Utd fans) over the last 18 months and now is seen as the foundation of our side. Welbeck in my opinion makes us tick in the last third of the pitch. He drives into space, hunts defenders on the ball, chases lost causes and has excellent build up play. He needs to learn how to finish but he brings a hell of a lot more to the side so i dont mind this period while he learns.
We are one central midfielder away from being a very decent side - although i was impressed with the last 30 mins of anderson/cleverley/carrick, the trio we have been waiting to see fully fit and operational for some time. With only giggs for cover we could do with another in there. But we are really not far off competing on all fronts this year (except maybe final stages champions league although it depresses me to say).
The only reason I could possibly imagine why your deeply uninsightful and horribly unfunny mails get posted so regularly is the sheer volume you probably send through. How could an editor ignore such a persistent fan of the site? All you have proven is your place is trolling comment sections of the daily mail. The Medel point at the end really took the biscuit - the dude has been sent off 7 times in the last two years and looks like a genuine psychopath!! Not for me thanks
Can't wait for next week.
Paul (calm and reasonable utd fan)
A quick retort to Chris, Adelaide, Australia (so sick of this Suarez saga and not even a Liverpool supporter) from this morning's mailbox:
1) Chris, if you are that sick of the Suarez saga why would you write into the mailbox about this very subject?
2) Suarez isn't asking to be paid more than his contract dictates which would be the equivalent of the scenario you have described. I think a better comparison to the current situation is that if Suarez does underperform and the club is not happy with that then they would look to sell him, pretty much what they are doing with the likes of Downing and Reina (I know that's a loan).
Suarez is more than entitled to seek a transfer elsewhere if the club is not meeting his ambitions. A footballers' career is relatively short, I don't blame him for looking to move to a champions league club given Liverpool aren't in there and are unlikely to be for a few years. Fans seem to go on about loyalty too much but should realise that very few players have any loyalty to the teams they play for, the players need to (as they should) consider their career first just as a club shouldn't hold on to a underperforming player just because they have a contract signed.
For the record, I think Suarez will be in Madrid by the end of the transfer window.
James, NFFC (3 out of 3)
On The Semantics Of An Apology
For someone who talks a lot of breeze and more often than not comes across as more of a politician than a manager I can't help but think that Mr Rodgers has made a schoolboy error when it comes to making impact statements to the press. His recent outburst stating that Suarez "must apologise" and that it's not the "Liverpool way" might go down well with the chest thumping "we've got history" fans but it's made it all black and white.
Every man in Suarez's (think that's the correct use of an 's) situation would find it hard to apologise to Rodgers, he's publicly humiliated you and then wants you to crawl back through the cat flap asking for forgiveness from your peers. Rodgers should know that strikers have big egos and aren't going to stomach such a climb down. On top of that Suarez is number one in that dressing room, so after such an apology how can he take up his stance again as the top dog?
Conversely Rodgers cannot now play Suarez WITHOUT an apology, if he does then his word will mean nothing and he's lost the respect of the fans and possibly the dressing room. If he sells then Henry's word will mean nothing and there's no chance that he'll have his word undermined by someone who works for him. So now he's in a situation where he can't sell and he can't play one of Liverpool's most prized assets UNLESS there's an apology.
The problem in all of this is Rodgers choice of words. If he had said "An apology would be appropriate" then if he played Suarez he could state something like "we settled our differences". Instead it has to be an apology. The grey area is what he should have been dealing in instead he's made it black and white meaning that someone is going to lose face and sadly for Rodgers my money wouldn't be on either Suarez or Henry backing down in this situation. A few poor results and I can't help but see Rodgers taking a peek through the cat flap himself.
Football Is Not Art, Nor Is It Rock N' Roll
Feedback from a long time reader: I find the goal line technology debate incredibly tedious. More tedious than the endless transfer speculation. If Suarez/Rooney/Bale are involved in a goal line decision before the end of the transfer window I may well develop Narcolepsy.
However, I do like reading John Nicholson so I clicked on the article. A couple of points here:
1. Football is not an art form. I watch Colchester United on a regular basis, it is not art.
2. Football is also not rock and roll. For any journalists reading this, Comedy is also not the new rock and roll (all media everywhere in the 90s). Nor is cooking (all media everywhere in the 2010s), Business (Peter Jones), Technology (Morf Magazine), Knitting, Running, Pipe Smoking or Economics (various blogs etc). Rock and roll is still rock and roll, and likely to remain so for the foreseeable future. Football is still just about football, and at an elite level, likely to collapse under its unsustainable spending in the next decade or so, with or without goal line technology. Which is when boring old self-sustaining Colchester will rise phoenix like from the smouldering ashes of professional football and win everything in sight.
I had a point when I started this mail, but I forget what it was now.
Agreeing With Johnny
I couldn't agree more with John Nich this morning. I think technology will ruin the game eventually. Incorrect calls are entertaining - Roy Carroll's howler v Tottenham, Juan Mata v Tottenham in 2012 (poor spurs), countless calls of was it/wasn't it/holy sh*t it was! These are instances that we talk about and laugh about and go mental about for years afterwards. How much fun was it seeing Jose losing his sh*t after Luis Garcia's goal v Chelsea in 2005? "A goal that came from the moon" he said! Now we will never have that again. Sure you might be denied a very important goal in a very important game, but the rest of the footballing world with no vested interest gets huge entertainment. Next time it's your turn.
And goal-line tech is only the start you can be guaranteed that. There will be calls for it to come in for offsides when there is a reliable system available (already on trial in Holland I believe). Technology will make the game fairer, more regulated, more sterile but it won't make it better. Not for the fans anyway.
And Not So Much
The guitar analogies were great. The rest of the article I have to take issue with though. In Johnny's scenario, Welbeck has a goal given (with the help of technology) and Torres has a goal wrongly disallowed (with no technology on hand to help). But without the technology, either Welbeck's goal would be given (correct) or not given (incorrect)...now the technology would ensure that the correct decision is taken.
So the only "harm" that the technology is doing is making sure decisions in football are a few more per cent accurate than they were before, and there is a problem with this? It seems that Johnny is suggesting that wrong decisions are now worse than they were before technology.
I've seen a few people raise examples that the goal-line tech will create problem scenarios, but I would just think "what would happen without the technology?" and would the situation be any worse - surely overall there will be a greater benefit?
Kevin (not a luddite, it seems)G, THFC, Chertsey
We Were Promised Jet Packs
I really don't know why people are worrying about the world cup in Qatar in 2022. If people really think that there won't be some sort of enforced winter break for a 39th game or an All-Star game located in China or a global league with Manchester United playing Real Madrid in Jakarta or something then they're bonkers.
And anyway. By 2022 football will be played on hover board with personal Air-Conditioned suits so no need to fuss.
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I think the Hull City bosses should just go the whole hog and rebrand them as The Kingston Tigers. In fact I think all the clubs in the top flight should rebrand. There are too many clubs with the words city, united, football and club. All teams should use the image on the badge as inspiration. Its all part of brand recognition. Every team should have the nearest city's name in it. People abroad know London, no one cares who or what Fulham is. So we would have teams like The London Big Guns, The Birmingham Lions, The Cardiff Dragons (bluebirds are for sissies) and The Manchester Red Devils. Next Sunday would host "The Big Cat Derby" when The London Lions take on The Kingston Tigers. Sky would have a field day. Admittedly there are a couple of work in progress names like The Liverpool Towers and The Liverpool Liverbirds but that's nothing a quick change to club badge can't fix.
Ken Lalobo LUFC