Originally Posted by AndreBaker
I'm amazed that football fans still take any notice of managers/players post match interviews and comments. It's all just spin and bollocks half of the time. Do you expect a manager to admit his team isn't good enough after a narrow defeat on the first day of the season? A manager will always boost his player's confidence, barring a complete and utter disaster. Losing 1-0 away to Everton is hardly the end of the world and a reason to destroy morale via the media.
If a manager came out and slagged off his players (individual or collective) every time they were below par then he wouldn't be in a job for long. It's called man management. For example, Glenn Roeder often bad mouthed players while he was at Norwich, the result of which was a demotivated team. There's a place to give criticism (the changing room) and that's not in the press, except for rare occasions.
As for praising Carrick despite playing poorly, what's Ferguson supposed to do, tear apart a player who was happy to play out of position? That would really motivate Carrick in the future.
I see where you're coming from and I agree but to me, just don't say anything. For example, the Carrick comment (which as I said I can understand why he was poor as he was in a completely different role) is just going to annoy fans when you say he played well when in fact he didn't. Sure, Carrick tried but he didn't have a 'good'
game. Just say he worked hard, not that he had a good game as it just makes you look stupid. Like I said, I'm not one of those stupid fans already calling for Ferguson's head and I don't want to see the Manager say negative things to the media about their players but don't overpraise them for a below par performance.
Still, I agree with your comments. Meh, I've been tired all day so maybe the way it was written (read his comments on the United website) is what annoyed me most.