The lame talk of United rocking up as newly crowned Champions and strolling this match are left to the dim witted guessers who are new to this sport. Clearly they may rest one or two, but they have the like of Chico to step in and give us the run around. The long held rivalry between the clubs – the classic North South hatred – will ensure no game between these two sides will ever feature one side not bothering to show up.

Since Wengerball MK II (as opposed to MK I Paddy types with power) the United games home and away have had a very clear and distinct pattern. They bulldoze the midfield and disrupt our play whilst waiting to pounce on the counter via Ronaldo, Rooney, Park et al

Those games have usually meant something and United have needed to take points, so Fergie plays percentages, he is smarter than to come to a toe to toe war with Arsenal if he needs to get something. This dynamic is different for Sunday’s match. As new champs they need to come and give it a go without having to resort to roughing us up and sitting back soaking it up. This should mean an epic ebb and flow to the match.

Following the Spuds draw today, the necessity from our part to go for all 3 points is paramount and this new game dynamic should be ideal for the gooner and the neutral. It’s rare to get such a opening to take on United in a duel to the death… a duel for the ages.

I’m the first to hold my hands up and say YES to the shout of Wenger not being enthused by impressing tactics on opposition, but if it comes to an all out gunfight of pure end to end attacking open play… there is no better manager to have in your dressing room / touchline.

Giroud missing and the reality of Podolski getting his chance to shine as a centre forward in the colours of Arsenal is catalyst that could step us up. Whilst the Frenchman has done a splendid job in his inaugural season, he is not a born finisher, the German certainly is.

This could finish any stupid scoreline, if we don’t take our chances and fail at the back a spanking is on the cards, but on the same token if it clicks for us there is no reason we cannot give the champions a right taking down. I’ll have 5 goals or more in the match at 6/1.

Don’t miss this one.

 

Seems Mr Rooney has been “allegedly” caught up to his old tricks again!

News of the World have had a story on him that they have held off from publishing due to the World Cup, and Rooney knew full well it was going to be released once the tournament had finished.

Would go some way to explaining his awful performances… apparently he gave the ball away more than any other player at the World Cup, according to OPTA.

With other rumours of Gerrard and the Son of the Devil (JT) being at loggerheads due to issues surrounding the Captaincy of the team, and supposed press blocks put in place by the Liverpool captain to prevent stories being published that could tarnish his image, it seems a long summer of tabloid bashing is upon us.

Best of luck to Robin and the Dutch at the World Cup today.


Capello is clearly not an International team manager, proven Club manager, but certainly not an International manager.

We were fooled into thinking he maybe knew what he was doing during the qualifying rounds, alas, sweeping aside the likes of Andorra and Kazakhstan was no measure of his capabilities.

I applaud the man for his incredible achievements at the likes of Milan and Roma, but he has shown he does not have the ability to get the best out of the likes of Gerrard, Rooney, Lampard et al.

I heard a Radio 5 Live interview after the match last night with David James, if you can get on iTunes and download the World Cup daily report, it’s on there, to say it reveals exactly what is wrong is an understatement.

James shows a clears disdain, and insinuates the rest of the squad feel the same, for the Italians insistence of naming the team “just before we get on the coach”

For crying out loud, this is the World Cup, a billion viewers worldwide, not an annual event like the FA Cup, but maybe a once in a lifetime chance for a footballer to leave his everlasting mark on the game of global football.  The players need to be ready mentally far more than physically, and how do you that if you have no clue if you are playing or not up until a couple of hours before kick-off.

We are certainly not down and out, I’m sure we will scrape past Slovenia in true English style, but equally I’m sure no matter what the outcome of this World Cup, Capello will not be the England manager come the start of the new Premiership season. Guaranteed.

The players fear him, obviously they respect him, but the fear is overriding and its being translated onto the pitch with fear filled football, there is no joy, no laughter, they are not enjoying the game.

Look at the teams doing well, Argentina have Diego with his antics of kissing and cuddling of his players on the sidelines, score a goal and you will get a big kiss and cuddle, have a bad game and you will get a big kiss and cuddle.

Capello? You better put a performance in or you’ll get 1000 lines from the headmaster, or worse!

Wenger speaking on French TV came up with the following beauty of a quote, which sums up England under Capello at World Cup 2010.

I’m surprised England fans booed… I thought they were asleep”

Surely dropping a player like Walcott, has bitten the manager on the arse?

In games like last night what you need is a spark off the bench, I concurred with many that Theo was not ready to start for England, but football brain or not, he pulls defences out of shape with his movement as they fear his pace getting clean in behind them, this clearly has helped to open space for other England attackers.

Shaun-Wright Phillips was a laughable inclusion, I think a lot of the squad also feel that it was a mistake, as Theo may not have helped his own cause, but his off the ball movement certainly helped the cause of players like Gerrard and Rooney to have more time and space in the final third.

Did we even have a proper chance last night?

I don’t care about Algeria playing 10 behind the ball… it was Algeria for crying out loud, not Argentina.

Going to remain as upbeat as I can until Wednesday afternoon, but bloody hell, we were given the easiest group in the entire competition and we have stuffed it up.

Rooney breaks his foot!!

March 30, 2010

He knew straight away.

United’s luck changed for the worse tonight in Munich.

All those jammy own goals were going to catch up with them eventually…  and they just did!

Now we will see what kind of team they have minus the freak.


EDIT: It appears he may have actually ripped his ankle ligaments… still out for the season!