Well what a shambles yesterday was.
Manchester United have travelled to Sunderland, West Brom, Leicester City, Burnley and MK Dons this season and failed to win in any of those away games.
However, they went to The Emirates last night and what happened?
In a game where we dominated possession, Manchester United had a clear game plan and executed it perfectly. A combination of defensive discipline and good fortune saw Manchester United 2-0 up after 85 minutes and if it wasn’t for an awful Angel Di Maria effort they could have won 3-0.
Imagine that? Losing 3-0 to a Manchester United team who were sitting in 7th position in the Premier League. That would have been an all new low.
As it happened, Olivier Giroud lashed in a great effort to bring some respectability to the scoreline, but it couldn’t hide now inept Arsenal were.
We didn’t take our chances and while you could argue you were unlucky, the same old things happen time and time again. Defensively we are a shambles and the two goals we conceded were naive in the extreme. We have a manager who continues to refuse to teach defensive elements of the game which in the modern game is completely unforgivable and extremely narrow-minded.
It’s fine when you inherit a back four consisting of defensive scholars such as Tony Adams, Steve Bould, Martin Keown, Nigel Winterburn and Lee Dixon, and it’s even okay when those players are still around to mould people like Lauren, Sol Campbell, Kolo Toure and Ashley Cole – but after that it’s been a complete joke.
Apart from the Mertesacker/Koscielny axis which seems to work, before that we’ve been ridiculously poor defensively. Players like Gael Clichy and Thomas Vermaelen were prone to defensive lapses and it was clearly because they weren’t being taught how to defend.
And despite it being glaringly obvious that we were short at the back we refused to bring in any defensive cover. Now we have Nacho Monreal in central defence, which is akin to having Patrice Evra or Roberto Carlos in that position – no matter how you dress it up, there’s no way in hell he’s a central defender.
Calum Chambers should be in there and Hector Bellerin should be played at right back.
The whole situation is a shambles and according to the statistics, this is our worst start to the season since the 1982/1983 season. We were also the first English side (in 101 games) to lose a 3-0 lead in the European Cup/Champions League when we capitulated against Anderlecht.
This season is becoming a joke and we’re breaking all the wrong records.
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