Our sentiments exactly. But it seems some do care. We have lots of mails about Tim Sherwood (he's not popular) as well as HIT IT, TENNIS and other variations...
The MC isn't convinced Joleon Lescott is what Man United need at the moment, but that's one suggestion in the morning mailbox. Plus, plenty of moaning from Spurs fans...
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Moyes Taking The P*ss Out Of Rooney
"I have got to say, his sidekick today played great as well, Wayne - the two of them were fantastic."
Definition of "sidekick" - a person's assistant or close associate, especially one who has less authority than that person (thanks Oxford Dictionary).
When is Moyes gonna stop taking the p*ss out of Rooney?
I maybe have had a few cans but I thought Moyes had cleared up this whole Kagawa/Rooney issue in one sentence i.e.
Rooney is a better number ten than Kagawa.
I won't argue with that. Rooney is a better player than Kagawa full stop. Not saying Kagawa is pony but it's a team game and if the manager thinks you are good enough to play on the left then you play. He wanted more games, he gets more games.
The basics are that Rooney and Van Persie are the best striking partnership we have and that ain't a bad pair. Rooney has the number 10 shirt for a reason. It's up to someone else to be better than him week in, week out and that hasn't happened.
Kagawa has a challenge on to prove to the manager that he is worthy of a first team regular place, let alone being able to pick and choose his position. He has been given a chance now he is actually fit and let's hope he takes that chance.
Am not going to get started on whether the goal was shoulder or head. What possible difference does that make.
Nez, Kent (Can't believe 1 game can produce so much BS)
Game Of Opinions, Innit
The email from Leon, Basel, is typical of the killjoys who would have no one proffering any opinion, ever, lest we will be proved wrong at some stage in the future.
So Leon, you want to see Lee's crystal ball because he has the temerity to think, and share with us, that Utd will lose more points than Arsenal, or that Mertesacker's presence would have changed the result.
And yet you do the exact same thing when you say Arsenal have a thinner squad than yours. Really? I thought all clubs had an equal number of players in their squad, 25 I believe it is. Ah, you mean Arsenal's players aren't as good as United's... OK. Now based on what scientific, fact-proven approach do you make that statement? Surely it cannot be just a matter of opinion as you stated that you are against anyone offering their opinions. So you have anything to back that up?
Next Leon "thought Rooney had a terrific game", well thanks for that Leon, it's your opinion, which you are perfectly entitled to share with us, but again, it's subjective and based on no specific fact at all.
So please stop calling people making subjective statements "stupid" and do the exact same thing. For many of us, this is half the pleasure in following football: enjoying and talking about the non-measurable things, speculating about the "what ifs", looking forward to future games and trying to predict things.
Mike "understandably impressed with WBA" CFC, Auckland Blue
United Like To Hoof It
For rather convoluted reasons, I watched the whole United v Arsenal game a long way from home and at double speed. A few things stood out that maybe were easier to miss when taking the more conventional approach...
*Szczesny was initially out cold. His stillness was a lot more obvious on double-speed than on slower replays, for a few seconds at least he was gone. I don't care how great he felt immediately afterwards, no way should he have been allowed to continue.
*The amount of misplaced passes that go straight to opposition players who are well framed to control and play the ball is shocking. They'll doubtless get OPTA credit for "interceptions" but in many cases they barely had to move, passes from both sides were just sprayed around aimlessly with surprising regularity.
*And United like hoofing it forward. The long aerial passes are much more noticeable when g = 19.64 m/s/s and United were fond of them. It was often an effective way to play so fair enough, but this would get more critical attention if done by a mid-table team.
*At the same time, several United players were really keen on running at the opposition. So many thrusting runs that beat the first man and then achieved nothing at all.
*Peter Drury (for it was he, in this part of the world) really really really wanted United to win and be Back In The Title Race. Whilst a degree of hyperbole and commitment to what's good for the Narrative is part of the job description for the main commentator, when sounding like an over-excited work experience kid the instinctive bias in his phrasing was even more noticeable. He *needed* it.
*Fergie Time was oddly uneventful. It just felt like the same amount of time in the rest of the game, and made me wonder whether the biggest source of injury time tension to the armchair viewer is the noise from the crowd (made comical in double-speed, like it was suddenly very windy in an old building) rather than any change in what the players do...
Steve Mahoney, Coventry
Jones Better Than Fellaini
Regarding Jones in midfield, I've been wondering for quite some time now why he doesn't play there more often. Considering how he was praised for his performance against Real Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League tie last year, I would have expected him to have been used there much more often. In my personal opinion, he's a much better option than Fellaini.
And on the subject of Anderson, remember the days when he was so good that Fergie used him to shackle an in-form Cesc Fabregas? What happened, dude?!
Adonis Stevenson asks if the fact that Manyoo consider their defeat of Arsenal a "massive win" shows how far Arsenal have progressed this season and goes on to say that if that was Arsenal's toughest match of the season then maybe they do have a chance after all.
Sorry to disappoint you Adonis but a) they think it was a massive win because they've already lost at home to West Brom this season and b) your toughest match of the season is your next one.
A Rare Mail On Ipswich
In response to Paul Watson, exiled Shrimper living in Surrey who wanted wider debate, whilst you say the finish to the Blackpool v Ipswich game was crazy, we Ipswich fans are inclined to call it 'Doing an Ipswich'. Not in as much that we won the game in Injury time having conceded an equaliser in Injury time, but more so that most Ipswich fans will tell you that the very worst part of the game (if not watching it live, when we seem to get stage fright) is Ipswich time, known better in the Premier League as Fergie time.
This is the period when the score update is predominantly full time scores, but the period when after 90 minutes Ipswich seem to play the game out with the reckless abandon of the famed Lions 99 call, but without the violence of course. Where there seems to be a unilateral decision to alter whatever the current win/lose/draw result is, sometimes several times. 1-0 down? 'Score all the goals!' 1-0 up? 'Release all their attackers!'. Draw ? 'Harry time!' (Everyone one runs around a bit with unpredictable results).
In the last 2 games we have drawn at home to second bottom Barnsley, insipidly on TV, and won away at promotion seeking Blackpool, which you will all know I'm sure, I bet you all take a sneaky look at Ipswich. Unpredictability courts the Championship, and whilst the Premier League seem to be looking down at their younger sibling and valiantly trying to copy this unpredictability, it seems it's still too forced really, and as Paul mentions all the attention will be focussed on Super Sunday, which will usually end up 1-0, if that. That's the price you pay for participating in a multi-billion pound product, a mailbox full of Man U v Arsenal when so many other things have happened. Perversely a multi-billion pound product Ipswich are desperately trying to join.
It's been mentioned before but there is an abundance of fun and games happening away from the top of the Premier League, why the Ipswich thread on this very site is one of the few home pages on 365 with regular comment (Source: a colleague called hump3). If you don't want to know what is going to happen, the Championship and below is the place to be. In fact as long as you are willing to accept the unpalatable fact most of the teams are probably worse than Crystal Palace, it's a lot of fun.
Chris ITFC, Liverpool
And One From Denmark
There was goal disallowed in Sunday nights game between Brondby and AGF here in Denmark. Søren Larsen was onside by at least a meter, but was flagged offside. The goal would have allowed AGF to go in 1-0 up at half time. They didn't, and ended up running out 3-0 losers. However, after the game, the referee saw the decision on TV, spoke to the media, and said he made a mistake. Yes, it makes no difference to AGF, who certainly weren't 3-0 worse than Brondby, but credit to the referee for standing there and admitting that he made a mistake. Something topical which referees in England could learn from?
On a slightly unrelated note, the game was marred by one of the worst kits I have ever seen. What on earth were Hummel thinking when they created a green camouflage kit? It is truly, truly awful.
And finally. Seb Larsson. I assume he is going to be hit with a 3 game ban for that tackle on Saturday. How come this seems to have escaped any sort of media coverage? I just can't understand how he got away with that.
(hat-trick for Kusk tonight, hopefully Aab don't sell him on any time soon)
More Rhyming Names
Thanks to Bradley Kirrage for this morning's chuckle. I've had a go & I've gone for an attacking 3-4-3 formation. I've pretty much kept everyone in their rightful positions.
I was properly scraping the barrel with the keeper, so excuse the inclusion some kid from Arbroath what I found on wikipedia.
GK - Packie Mackie (Bonner and Craig)
CB - Sami Rami (Hyypia & Adil)
CB - Terry Perry (Butcher & Chris)
CB - Martin Martin (Skrtel & Russell)
LWB - Marko Salako (Marin & John)
RWB - Paul Hall (Parker & Fitz)
CM - Gary Barry (Medel & Gareth)
CM - Ronald Donald (Koeman & Mitchell)
FW - Tony Bony (Cottee and Wilfred)
FW - Zlatan Papin (Ibra and Jean-Pierre)
FW - Noel Cole (Whelan & any of many)
...So Bradley Kirrage thinks he's all that and a bag of potato chips for making a team of rhyming names? Well nothing rhymes better than the same name so see if your team could handle this front line! (Admittedly I had to shoe-horn in a couple of defenders slightly out of position and use a little poetic license with the keeper!)
GK - James James (Ashdown & David)
CB - Terry Terry (Butcher and John)
CB - Albert Albert ( Ferrer and Phillipe)
LB - Carlos Carlos (Salcido and Roberto)
RB -Rufus Rufus (Brevett and Richard)
CM - Barry Barry (Venison and Gareth)
CM - Collins Collins (John and John)
LW - George George (Best and Finidi)
RW - Thomas Thomas (Muller and Michael)
CF - Roy Roy (Mackaay and Bryan)
CF - Ronaldo Ronaldo (Luis Nazario Da Lima and Cristiano)
Paul Lennon (had to throw in the John / Collins thing!) Wirral