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. Huddlestone choosing Hull
There was a collective raising of eyebrows when Tom Huddlestone made the decision to join Steve Bruce and Hull City. If the choice of Humberside over north London wasn't enough, there was the nagging thought that a 26-year-old England international shouldn't really be playing his football in the Championship next season. As yet, it is egg rather firmly smeared on the faces of that majority.
The midfielder's effect at Hull was epitomised during Saturday's victory over West Ham. Whilst the game itself was a misery, full of misplaced passes and second-touch tackles, Huddlestone was the evident port in the storm. "It's scary how good he is," Bruce claimed after his new signing was named Man of the Match.
Weeks after he had apparently ended his England opportunities, Huddlestone's new manager pushed forward claims: "He has great players ahead of him: the Gerrards and Lampards of this world and the Wilsheres. But there's no reason playing week in, week out and performing like he has been doing, why he can't [be picked]." Indeed.
9. Cardiff's defensive reinforcements paying dividends
As I examined in a piece last month, buying attacking players was very much the cause celebre of Premier League strugglers this summer, all guilty of a potentially crippling underinvestment in defence. Norwich, Newcastle and Crystal Palace were, I felt, the main culprits, and at the time of writing all sit in the bottom seven.
Cardiff, however, were the honourable exception. Despite having a top scorer of just eight league goals in the Championship last season, Malky Mackay opted to focus his investment on strengthening the team's spine, recruiting Gary Medel and Steven Caulker for a combined £19million.
Such sense has come to fruition. Cardiff have conceded seven goals in their six games, but both Medel and Caulker have been impressive in a side that now sits in mid-table. For evidence of what could have been without reinforcements, look to the current defensive shambles at Selhurst Park.
8. Wacko Jacko taken down
Two years, five months and 22 days...and then it was gone. Sometimes, in our modern world of impatience and insincerity, it is all too easy to take for granted those things which we should hold dear. There shall be no more worship at the feet of the King of Pop. How little we really knew you.
And so, the ridiculous white elephant in the form of a statue of dubious quality in tribute to a dubious pop star has been removed. This was the last bizarre reminder of Mohammed Al-Fayed's ownership, two months after Al-Fayed had warned new man Shahid Khan: "Michael Jackson will stay. He can't go, he is here. You can't change otherwise I will come and take your moustache in public."
Seeing that facial appendage being forcibly removed will probably be more enjoyable than watching Fulham play at home.
7. Flamini arrives on a free
Whilst the capture of Mesut Ozil has understandably given Arsenal the psychological lift required in order to engender this period of fine form, it is clear that they paid handsomely for the privilege. Given his arrival on a free transfer, perhaps it is the deal for Matthieu Flamini that deserves the most applause.
The presence of Flamini as a holding midfielder has provided a solidity far beyond fans' expectations (five wins and four goals conceded in his five games thus far), but more importantly is the licence he provides to those around him. Aaron Ramsey has scored five times in the 400 minutes in which the Frenchman has played, the Welshman allowed to venture further forward, confident of cover behind him. Flamini has acted as the base from which Ramsey, Ozil, Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla can operate.
Speaking after Flamini's debut against Stoke, Arsene Wenger was keen to praise his midfielder. "He did pretty well. It's not only him [Ozil]. The two of them together [Flamini and Ozil] cost £21 million!" A point made with comedic effect, but a salient point nonetheless - Flamini has quickly become the glue in Arsenal's midfield.
6. Rodgers nullifies Villa threat
"It was a terrific win for us. I thought first half we had good control of the game and scored an excellent goal. Obviously second half, we just needed to defend a bit deeper today. Tactically that was the idea."
It takes a great deal of tactical courage to stick with what you have, despite being the better side - concede your lead and expect to be lambasted for stunted ambition. Against Aston Villa in August, Brendan Rodgers showed exactly that. This was not simply a side being pushed back and defending for their lives, but instead instigating a deliberate strategical shift in order to soak up pressure. After Daniel Sturridge's goal on 20 minutes, Liverpool had just one shot as they ground out the perfect containing away performance.
Given Aston Villa's impressive display on the counter-attack against Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City, Rodgers was justified in his plan. "Aston Villa have been brilliant on the counter-attack. We defended at half-pitch, kept our ends tied together and tried to deny them any chances."
A tactical idea executed perfectly. Sometimes football's a wonderfully logical business.
5. Everton's signing of Gareth Barry
Half an hour into his loan spell from Manchester City, Gareth Barry indicated exactly why Roberto Martinez had been so intent on bringing him to Goodison. Tim Howard had failed to play his way out of danger, presenting the ball to Andre Schurrle, who crossed for Samuel Eto'o. The desire and intent shown from Barry, at that time surely with little actual attachment to his new employers, demonstrates the professionalism and hunger so demanded by managers throughout the Premier League.
Much like Flamini before him, the importance of Barry does not lie in his own statistics but the impact on his fellow midfielders. Ross Barkley has had carte blanche to operating in the final third, whilst Steven Naismith and Kevin Mirallas are both wingers who would prefer to operate in attack rather than assisting their full-backs. Add in Leighton Baines' attacking inclinations and the midfielder's responsibilities are clear.
Martinez will be more than confident in Barry's ability to step up to the plate. On Monday, he made his 500th appearance in the Premier League, and has started 480 of those matches. FA Cup winner. 53 caps for his country. Is there an English player with a more unfairly tainted reputation?
4. Southampton - pragmatism and practicality
Whilst Southampton gained significant plaudits for their style of play last season (both under Mauricio Pochettino and Nigel Adkins), the fact remained that the Saints survived relegation by a mere five points, struggling largely due to a defence that conceded as many goals as bottom-placed QPR. Whilst defensive personnel (namely Mayo Yoshida and Jos Hooiveld) looked of inadequate ability, the suspicion was that such individuals had been left exposed by a strategy that was pleasing on the eye, but often less than effective.
This season, prettiness has been replaced by pragmatism, and no other Premier League team has played as many long balls per game as Southampton. Part of this is clearly an attempt to utilise the aerial threat of Rickie Lambert and Pablo Osvaldo, but it is also an acceptance that passing things from the back is not always a viable tactic.
Southampton have not been particularly pleasant to watch at times, but are sitting in fifth place having already gained more than a quarter of last season's points total. A defence that has conceded two goals in six games is now the basis for success, rather than its undermining.
3. Steve Clarke gambling at Old Trafford
One of the hallmarks of Sir Alex Ferguson's tenure at Manchester United was the tendency of teams to rather roll over and offer their belly for tickling when visiting Old Trafford. Whilst the air of invincibility may have been replaced by vulnerability under the club's new manager (made pretty obvious in Saturday's defeat to West Brom), that should not detract from the bravery which Baggies boss Steve Clarke set about his task of attacking the champions. Clarke may have had Youssuf Mulumbu and Claudio Yacob for cover, but an attacking four of Victor Anichebe, Stephane Sessegnon, Morgan Amalfitano and Scott Sinclair showed intent to take advantage of any psychological and physical weakness in their opponents.
More impressively still was the reaction to losing Sinclair to early injury. Rather than play safe, the Scot opted to put his faith in striker Saido Berahino, who had previously had just 28 minutes of Premier League experience.
Such trust was rewarded. Even after United's equaliser, West Brom pushed for a winner, to the surprise of many. Their victory was not simply deserved on the balance of play but also a justification for a manager's courage in attempting a first league win in 30 years against such vaunted opponents. That Berahino scored the winner was the reward for a calculated gamble.
2. AVB's gentle revolution
The new attacking options at Andre Villas-Boas' disposal brought to mind an Easter Sunday from my early childhood. I had received a large array of chocolate eggs (only child, prone to sulky outbursts, perennially hungry), and by 11am I had been sick on my bed, gently crying. "I just wanted them all," I sobbed. "They all tasted amazing."
It must have been tempting for the Portuguese to get equally as excited after the arrival of Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen and Nacer Chadli, all capable of supplying Roberto Soldado in attack and creating much-needed fluidity in Spurs' midfield.
However, rather than simply throwing all three in fevered excitement, AVB has blended in his new recruits slowly, allowing them to settle in their new environment without the continued pressure to perform. Andros Townsend and Gylfi Sigurdsson have both started five games, with Chadli and Lamela making four substitute appearances between them. The importance of keeping his many options happy is a difficult juggling act, but Villas-Boas is so far spinning his plates with accomplished ease.
1. Ambition and adventure win the derby
Your first Manchester derby, and you are already under pressure after some unexpectedly lacklustre performances. Manuel Pellegrini and David Moyes were both presented with the same problem before their September clash, but with much to lose, one chose to play safe and one rolled the dice - Manchester City were rewarded for their ambition.
Pellegrini's principle gamble came in attack. In partnering Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Negredo for the first time, the Chilean took a significant risk given the intensity of the occasion. It paid off handsomely, with Negredo's strength allowing him to dominate a tired Rio Ferdinand. The Spaniard's trickery set up Aguero for the third goal, whilst his aerial prowess provided for Yaya Toure in first-half stoppage time.
Pellegrini also opted for Samir Nasri over the more functional (and therefore eminently pickable in a derby) James Milner, and was again rewarded for his adventure. Nasri turned in a fine performance, capped by the final goal. A victory for ambition over caution was complete.
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GVMUFC : "it was only when we brought on Cleverley we got a foothold in the game" Sorry GVMUFC - it was only after City went 4-0 up and turned it into a backs v forwards training exercise, in preparation for the tougher test against Wigan in the League Cup, that you got a 'foothold' in the game.- wexford_blue