Originally Posted by T-C
Fair play to city, we were very uninspiring.
Van Persie has no support at all, he had one moment of quality from a set piece which we scored from but he himself had no service at all to feed off. Rooney is not a number 10, he shouldn't play there or be shoehorned in there. I know he probably likes the position but his touch and passing are not consistent enough to play there, he was awful again tonight. Kagawa is a number 10 and if we are going to play with someone in the role it should be him.
Been saying exact same thing for good while now as well if we had not got RvP I think saf would of put kagawa in the no10 role off Rooney as false no9 but RvP signing ended that plan. So clearly saf thinking about it before hand & saying after game kagawa should play no10. Rooney shouldn't be undroppable & kagawa better no10 then Rooney is IMO so he should be playing there instead of Wayne.
The team selection was odd, giggs cm, young lw, welbeck rw & Rooney off RvP? Couldn't understand any of those decisions I think giggs in cm was cos how bad clev & ando were last week that SAF picked 39 year old Ryan giggs play beside carrick. Shows lack of good quality in depth that we have in that area. Also I know harsh on clev goes played lw v Chelsea but he didnt play well which why I think saf picked giggs ahead of him, not saying saf got it right (well clearly he didnt) but think that's why giggs started. Doesn't explain why never subbed off though?
Our wingers be poor that young played lw which didn't shock me but why not let him go on RW & let welbeck play lw cutting in like did at Sunderland lose width on left but use width down right where were at our best? Young contribution to side is lacking cos to predictable with ball his biggest asset is that covers evra lack of wanting to get back into defence I can't be only person that noticed that when young plays lw evra stops caring about defending & jogs back cos he knows young do dirty work for him? That really pissed me off last night.
Welbeck isn't winger nor a RW at that. Saf saw performance at Chelsea & started him as result which is fine by me but feels like he was picking him cos last week but not to fit a certain system it felt kinda like he was thrown in at RW cos wingers being useless all season & you will do well there. well he played well but play better through middle as cf not on wing?
Team also set up wrong use no width & play deep defence & 2 banks of 4 that to far away from each other & don't press as unit or drop 2 banks 4 on to each other deep. Mcfc winner is case of yaya you're having all time in world pick out Kun in front of defence who then runs at heart of defence & scores a great goal. Feel for Jones he sells himself thinks kun about hit it & buys dummy & that gives him half yard he wants to hit the ball. His only mistake all game which is hard to take for him he was only player who was fired up all game as well IMO. As much as like Rio & played well this season you can tell why saf wants new cb & reason is guy like rio can't play high line as play deep but he struggles v player with pace &/or clever movement. He was caught out lot last night & jones covered him all game the only time he didnt was mcfc 2nd goal.
SAF use of his bench this season been baffling why wait so long to change game it's like his waiting for the side to do something positive before making any change & when he does subs come on to late what is chicha going to do from 82nd min onwards v mcfc side away from home who 2-1 up & happy sit deep & try hit us on break? Yeah he can grab a goal but at his best when game is stretched & he can run in behind the defence. Kagawa the same 92nd min sub I don't even know what was the point making that sub at that time is?
Mcfc better side they deserved the win so fair play to them. I thought that we better really up for this game but only time got going was when mcfc scored first which reminds me of start of season when just going through motions then let a goal in & kicked into life. Expect now at end of season & all players bar a couple are just mental shot. This season ending is very much like 06/07 to me the only difference is Ronaldo still able produce something out of nothing back then when the rest of side were all flat. RvP who was difference maker has hit the wall & as TC said got no support around him making it easier for him. As much as Toni being useless this season I thought when came on he taking on players & at least trying something which is his do e most/all of this season. Why not go with what we know & play this side v stoke this weekend? DdG rafael vida jones evra Toni carrick clev giggs kagawa RvP. What's wrong with that side? Anyway wouldn't shock me if we grind out wins scrappy wins till the end of the season as I don't see any great performances from us from here on out till next season.