And yes, the man asking for you to stop whinging does acknowledge the hypocritical nature of such a request. We also have mails on Ozil, Liverpool and more...
Lord knows what will happen if he goes into a McDonald's at 10.35am and asks for breakfast. We have mails on Tim Sherwood, Arsene Wenger, Man City and more...
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The Big Question
I'm curious how Everton fans feel about Martinez?
Would you want Moyes back?
Nikolai (would be happy if the season ended now) V
A Somewhat Convoluted Divorce Analogy
Looking at Everton after last night's (in the most part) convincing win led me to a divorce analogy. It's like the guy who stays with his childhood sweetheart, by now she's not the pretty young thing she was all those years ago and any chance of reliving the glory days of a bag off outside or quick blower are long gone, but she's ground you down, to the point now you're at the age where it's too late to start all over again, for fear of what's on the other side, the unknown. Everton were quite happy under Moyes, having sex on birthdays and maybe new year - wanting more but not daring to ask for it should they fall foul and end up sad and lonely. Then suddenly the wife ups and leaves you for her boss at Woolworths, and what do you know, first night out back on the horse and you find yourself with a young bird on your arm, doing all manner of bedroom antics you didn't even know they had names for wondering why you never left before, while she's cooking dinner for a guy who drives a Lexus but lives in a bungalow on the end of his mum's house.
I wish Everton all the best, and a string of young birds.
Dave (LUFC) Cornwall
Good to see Leighton Baines playing for a top-four club this season. Can only be a good thing for him and England in World Cup Year.
Adam Halliday, Villa fan (we've had a rather hard start too David Brent Moyes...no paranoid crying tho), Herts
Following on from last night's game, quick poll of opinion for the mailbox:
Was Chelsea loaning Lukaku out:
a) a mistake
b) a mistake
Jimmy (CFC, but what the hell Jose?!) Sham
Big Bad Belgians
That big Belgian striker playing for Everton looks bloody good, just the sort of player Chelsea need.
Jon (not got in the m'box for ages, hopefully poor humour will do the job) Cambridge
Newcastle: One-Man Team
Without Cabaye in the first half we were embarrassingly poor. Is there another team in the league that relies on one player as much as we do? Without him we don't seem to realise that if you keep the round thing and sometimes even kick it forwards you may actually succeed.
Paul (when Mike Williamson comes on to sort out your defence, you have issues. Serious issues) NUFC
Isn't This Fun?
I wrote something childish and banal the other week basically laughing at United. Unsurprisingly it didn't get published. So here's a slightly more mature approach.
I am absolutely loving the start of this season. I have no idea how long it will last and I suspect that come Christmas we will have two or three pulling away at the top as usual with another three or four chasing that Champions League qualification spot. I sincerely hope that doesn't happen because this new-look, highly unpredictable Premier League is much more interesting. And yes, whilst I am thoroughly enjoying how bad United are at the moment I am enjoying in equal measure how good Spurs look and despite being a lifelong Red I am even pleased that the blue noses from over the park are doing well. Genuinely. Last night's game being a point in case - great entertainment. To say nothing of Southampton's great start as well.
Take a look at the table again folks. Wouldn't it be great if one of the Manchester clubs and Chelsea didn't win it this season? Wouldn't it be nice to see someone else enjoy victory for once. I admit that it is unlikely and over the course of the season money, ahem quality, always tells but I'm going to enjoy this as long as it lasts.
Oh - and isn't it great to see United in the bottom half and to hear loads of their fans calling for the manager's head? That didn't take long lads!
Why Did Moyes Ignore Sir Alex?
I do think that the hysteria over Moyes has been overplayed. His illustrious predecessor was no stranger to losing at Anfield and the Etihad and though a home defeat to West Brom is poor, they contrived to throw away a three-goal lead in the same fixture last season (albeit with the title already won). Performances haven't been there but a transitional stage in this situation is hardly a surprise. It would be much fairer to judge him after 15 or so games and a more representative set of fixtures.
Now though comes a 'but' the size of Anderson's. Criticism of the decision to hire Moyes was widespread (you might have noticed) and only allayed by public backing from Fergie. Instead of sabotage, what with Fergie's previous for taking bullets for his paymasters, I wonder if that's actually what happened here - the Glazers decided they wanted a cheap yes man who happened to be flavour of the month at the time, and knew they could get away with it with SAF's approval to placate the fans. The revelations about the Utd coaching staff could give this some credibility; if SAF privately had doubts about Moyes it would follow that he should urge the new man to change as little as possible in the hope that continuity would smooth the transition.
If true then it asks the question, just what the hell was Moyes thinking by ignoring this? His demeanour since he took the job does not suggest a decision made through confidence in the 'translation of his methods', so you have to assume he prioritised continuity for himself - or maybe the desire not to be seen as said yes man - above continuity for his inherited title-winning squad. Given the huge credit that Meulensteen and Steele in particular had received this would be like hiring a McDonald's chef to run the kitchen at the Ritz, and letting him bring the Big Macs.
All devil's advocate stuff - but if it is true then forget any debate over the use of Kagawa or Giggs, this will prove to be the key decision for Moyes. For his sake it needs to start paying off soon.
Jon Gibson, LFC (equally, let's not eulogise the top three until after a few more of the harder fixtures)
No Room For Blind Faith
I'm no doom-monger, but personally I think Moyes is set for a continued struggle at United. Though there will be the odd good result here and there, I fully expect this season, and possibly next season too, to be a complete wash-out. There will be no quick fixes for Moyes or indeed, any easy answers. I just worry how much time he really has to find them.
I'll leave it to other people to discuss what problems Moyes is facing right now and how he should approach them. Whether he is the right man for the job or not, or whether Ferguson really did leave the club in good shape or not, is not the issue. Moyes is here. This is the team he is working with. He's in a sink or swim situation really.
Sure, the club has given David a six-year contract - which shows a certain intent of loyalty to him. But when does that loyalty become blind faith?
I can't think for one minute that Moyes wasn't given short-term goals at the club. One of those short-term goals was probably to keep the club stable in terms of results and performances on the pitch. But that task has already become one of restabilising. By most fans, the word failure this season would probably be defined as not qualifying the for the Champions League. Personally, I think that is unforgivable for a club like ours and the players on that team sheet. But it's not unlikely. I'm not sure whether the board and owners would see that as an acceptable outcome of this 'transition' period. I genuinely doubt it. Moyes will be expected to qualify. It's surely the minimum requirement they could have given him.
All I'm saying is, standing by our new manager is fine, I intend to. I want him to get time and at least two more transfer windows to get his own players in before I make full judgement. But don't underestimate the board and the owners of Manchester United if our reputation, both on the pitch and off it, continue to suffer, and those all-important revenues start to slide. In this era of football, short-term failure is simply unacceptable for clubs like ours which actually are more like massive global organisations. There is just too much at stake financially to tolerate failure. Somewhere down the line, a club like United will have to be ruthless, and if something isn't working, nip it in the bud before it does any real damage.
There's no room at all for blind faith.
Chris (quietly confident we'll stuff Shakhtar!), Manchester
What Happens Next?
The season is only six games old and we have already had one manager axed (PDC), whilst another one looks looming (Big Marty Jol).
So my question is to United fans (of which I am not one):
If Manchester United hypothetically flounder over their next fixtures, how much time does Davey Moyes get? I know there will be a disparity between staunch SAF supporters(who will back Moyes longer) and more progressive fans who would have had Moyes about 10th on their replacement list after the likes of Jose, Pep, Klopp, Carlo and even De Boer.
The reason for asking is, as your team has had one manager for over a quarter of a century, you have no form for showing fan power/misguided frustration toward the board in relation to axing a manager, and I genuinely don't know what will happen if, say, United were to lose at the Stadium of light for example. If it were Chelsea, Moyes would be hog-tied and flung from a catapult into the Thames. If it were Arsenal, he probably would just be told to tell the press/fans you are working on a project and patience is key.
So tell me please United fans, What happens next?
Conor (PDC for the Ireland job!!) O'Rourke, Dublin
The Elephant In The Middle
Since the subject of David Moyes and Manchester United's midfield keeps cropping up I thought I'd do a bit of research and my findings were, quite frankly, shocking. It will surprise many of you to learn that David Moyes in fact did NONE of the following:
- Persisted with Hargreaves and Fletcher despite chronic injuries/illness.
- Persisted with Anderson despite poor fitness and general lack of development.
- Kept offering Scholes and Giggs extension after extension.
- Failed to sign Sneijder, De Rossi, Strootman, Hazard, Modric.
- Brought Scholes out of retirement; sold Pogba to Juventus.
- Failed to develop Nani into anything resembling the player he should have been.
- Signed Phil Jones; told him he was a midfielder.
- Signed Ashley Young; told him he was a midfielder.
My overly-laboured point?
The writing has been on the wall for your midfield for a long, long time boys. Moyes is under-performing at the moment that much is true but a fair slice of blame for your midfield's rubbishness should be portioned out to the guy who spent the last few seasons running it in to the ground. Stop trying to lay it all at Moyes' feet; he's only had one summer and ten games to correct years of poor planning.
On Jose's Side
I'm not a Chelsea fan, nor a Jose Mourinho fan, but the guy does have a point.
I don't think the pressure is getting to him - I think he rightly doesn't see the value in answering questions about a player who is, at best, on the fringes of the first-team squad, let alone a serious contender for a starting place (unlike Mata).
As he rightly pointed out, he can only select 11 first-team players and 18 in the squad to travel. If he did pick De Bruyne and Mata, are the press then going to ask him about any of the other seven players who weren't selected? Hey Jose, tell us about why you didn't include Jamal Blackman.....
Reluctantly Lauding Terry
As always, 16 conclusions on the Spurs-Chelsea game was excellently written. With one flaw - failure to mention Terry.
Whilst I would rather drink my own wee than spend ten minutes in his company, you can't help but admire his performance. I've been watching him turn in that backs to the wall display at the lane for what, 10 years and it feels like the worse the abuse, the better he plays. He revels in his role as pantomime villain, and sure the cupped ear and the thumping of the badge were a bit much but at least he bloody means it. Boo me, call my mum a thief, whatever you like really - it'll just make me play better, he seems to say. He's a dickhead, but a genuine one.
It looked like he was down and out but like Lampard last season, he's having a bit of a renaissance. And as the two of them with Ashley went and gave the away fans a clap I did wonder which came first - the guarded obnoxiousness or the abuse. And how interesting Ferguson's siege mentality was applauded whilst those three are vilified for it.
Andrew, Woodford Green