There's so much doom and gloom around Old Trafford that we came up with this list just to cheer up David Moyes. Sometimes coming after a great can go rather well...
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10. Andre Villas-Boas v Arsenal
Although Spurs only trail Arsenal on goal difference at the top of the table, they were surprisingly lifeless against their rivals in the north London derby at the start of September. One of the main reasons for Spurs' subdued performance at the Emirates was a midfield trio that lacked variety, with Mousa Dembele, Paulinho and Etienne Capoue all much of a muchness in the centre of the pitch. Villas-Boas has answered concerns over a lack of subtlety with Christian Eriksen's introduction, but both Lewis Holtby and Gylfi Sigurdsson were left on the bench against the Gunners when they could have bridged the alarming gap between the midfield and Roberto Soldado - a point underlined by the Icelander's two-goal performance in the following fixture against Norwich.
9. Manuel Pellegrini v Stoke
City's manager has tweaked his first XI on several occasions this season as he gets to know the squad, and that experimentation paid off in stunning fashion against Manchester United on Sunday. However, City's dull 0-0 draw with Stoke the week before could have been avoided had Pellegrini also selected his strongest team on that occasion. With Jack Rodwell replacing Fernandinho in central midfield and James Milner starting ahead of Jesus Navas on the wing - as well as Stevan Jovetic making his debut in Sergio Aguero's role - City toiled without ever really imposing themselves against the Potters. It's understandable that Pellegrini prioritised the derby, but perhaps it would have been best to start a weaker team against Plzen in midweek rather than against Stoke at the Britannia.
8. Alan Pardew v Man City
There are times when managers need to show attacking intent and other occasions when more caution is needed. Such as an away match against Man City, for example. It was therefore peculiar to see Alan Pardew start with an adventurous 4-3-3 formation against last season's runners-up, which resulted in Newcastle going two goals behind in the first 22 minutes. With the horribly out-of-form Papiss Cisse flanked by Yoan Gouffran and Hatem Ben Arfa in attack, the Magpies lacked the necessary support for the midfield and things went from bad to worse when Steven Taylor was sent off on the stroke of half time. Pardew's attacking approach worked well in the recent away victory over Aston Villa, but he set his team up for a sound thrashing at City.
7. Paolo Di Canio's Decision To Sell Stephane Sessegnon
Sessegnon certainly contributed to his problems at Sunderland after a drink-driving charge strained his already fractured relationship with Di Canio, but it was still odd that the manager decided to let one of Sunderland's two best players last season leave on the eve of the new campaign. It was rather apt that Sessegnon returned to haunt Di Canio on Saturday with the opening goal in a 3-0 victory over West Brom, and sanctioning the sale of the playmaker should be one of many decisions the Italian regrets. Actually, he probably regrets nothing.
6. David Moyes v Liverpool
While starting Ashley Young in any match is a sound case for the prosecution, playing Ryan Giggs on the right wing in Manchester United's defeat to Liverpool is enough to proceed straight to sentencing. Giggs. On the right. Lock him up and throw away the key, your honour. Quite what David Moyes was thinking is beyond the twisted minds at F365 and the plan certainly failed as Giggs delivered his worst performance since United's 1-0 defeat Norwich last season. Indeed, it was puzzling that the 39-year-old was left on until the 73rd minute when he became the third United player to be subbed, and he hasn't made another appearance since.
5. Chris Hughton v Hull
Norwich's struggles continued on Saturday with a 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa and the Canaries have now picked up just 23 points in their last 26 Premier League matches. One of the worst performances on that dreadful run came in a 1-0 defeat to ten-man Hull in August. Surprisingly, Chris Hughton's plan to play four central midfielders impeded Norwich's attacking fluency, and the manager replaced two of the quartet with winger Robert Snodgrass and striker Johan Elmander in the second half. I wrote about Norwich's system in the Top Ten Intriguing Subplots To The Season back in July, and Hughton is yet to work out a convincing plan in the final third. Replacing Elmander, who has started the last three matches, with influential playmaker Wes Hoolahan would be a good start.
4. Ian Holloway v Swansea
"I am glad we have a couple more days than Swansea to prepare, we have some fantastic options in the squad," said Ian Holloway before Crystal Palace's 2-0 defeat to Swansea. "They were playing on Thursday, not thinking about us, whereas we were thinking about them, and we have to make sure we take advantage of that." Holloway was certainly guilty of being too cocky against the Swans, selecting an absurdly attacking line-up against a side that had trounced Valencia in midweek. The Eagles, lining up in a 4-3-3 formation, were unsurprisingly picked off by Swansea, who showed no signs of the fatigue that Holloway had hoped to see. Next time he probably won't be so bullish.
3. Brendan Rodgers' Centre-Back Hard-On
'Hard-on' is such a crude term, and if mother's reading I apologise profusely, but how else does one describe Rodgers' preference for four - FOUR - centre-backs in Liverpool's defeat to Southampton? Considering marauding full-backs are such a key part of the manager's system - trying to create two v one situations down the wings - it's strange that Rodgers favoured Mamadou Sakho over Jose Enrique. It was no surprise that Sakho struggled to combine with Victor Moses, while Kolo Toure at least made a decent fist of giving his best impression of Glen Johnson. "I just thought we never got going really," said Rodgers after the defeat. "I thought in terms of our tempo and technically we were nowhere near the level we have been." Was that really a surprise after losing the attacking threat from full-back?
2. David Moyes v Man City
"We never got to grips with their midfield players in the early part of the game," said David Moyes after Manchester United's 4-1 humiliation against City. "Because of that, they started to get domination." The manager's comments beg two obvious questions: 1) Why did Moyes fails to anticipate City's strength in midfield, especially when Yaya Toure has started the season in such excellent form? And 2) After recognising the hosts' dominance, why did he then not react at half time? With Robin van Persie missing, it would have made sense for Wayne Rooney to start as a centre-forward with Danny Welbeck on the left and Tom Cleverley slotting just in front of Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini to compete with Toure and Fernandinho. That set-up helped United gain some control in the last half-hour at the Etihad, but by that stage it was already far too late.
1. Jose Mourinho Excluding Juan Mata
We get it, Jose. You're the big man. You call the shots. Hold all the cards. Wear your own pants. So if you say Mata needs to adapt, then everyone should just accept that Mata needs to adapt. It's interesting that Mourinho said very little about Mata's situation before the last week, and it's not at all surprising that the manager diverted attention elsewhere on the back of two poor results. "Juan has to learn to play the way I want to play," said Mourinho. "He has to be more consistent, has to participate more when the team loses the ball." Considering the impact the club's player of the year has had over the past two years, it is surely to the detriment of the team that he has been excluded by the new manager, playing just 144 minutes so far. Why does Mourinho always demand that his players adapt to his demands? Is there not a middle ground to be reached, where he shows some flexibility in his tactics to get the best out of the talents he has available?
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I'm also deeply disappointed that no newspaper or website has gone with a "Whatsa Mata, Mou, hey? Gotta no respect?" headline yet.- tk421