Monday, 3 September 2012

Man United Fan Blog 31st August to 3rd September

Imagine if I said I am getting rid of my car but there were no other cars to buy, or I was giving away my last tin of beans but the shops were now shut until January. They would be quite foolish things to do, but that is what Liverpool have done in allowing Andy Carroll to go to West Ham on loan without getting a replacement in. The owners said "we will not damage the club's future with risky spending", however the purchases of Andy Carroll and Charlie Adam, amongst others, have already done this. Its laughable that after three games Liverpool are 18th with just one point. Apparently they thought that they would get Daniel Sturridge or Clint Dempsey on loan, but Dempsey preferred Spurs and Sturridge decided to keep Chelsea's bench warm, and poor old Brendan Rodgers is already looking like a man under pressure with every sentence starting "Like I've already said...". Don't remember him saying that he's got no footballing acumen in the transfer market and that Liverpool's title race would be over after 3 games!

Tottenham seem to have done ok, with the acquisitions of Dembele, Lloris and Dempsey. On the face of it three good signings, but they will take time to bed in, and Lloris' justified claim to be the French number one doesn't exactly put him in the world's top 10. QPR continued to sign everyone, with Granero and Cesar their most notable signings, and they also managed to offload Barton to Marseille. They should manage a few wins when they all knit together, but I wouldn't like to have their wage bill. It was farewell to Berba as he signed for Fulham, and there were no regrets, whilst City signed Javi Garcia and got rid of Nigel De Jong. Garcia is probably a better player than De Jong, and will pick up a few less cards too, but he is hardly a world beater. And neither is Maicon, the ageing Brazilian full back, and I reckon that Bareth Bale in particular will be looking forward to renewing hostilities. Charlie Adam seems to have found his level at Stoke (significantly higher than Liverpool!), whilst Swansea moved quickly to replace Scott Sinclair with Pablo Hernandez who some believe may be the signing of the summer (err - perhaps not, see below).

So who was the best signing of the transfer window? Do you really need to ask?

City 3 QPR 1
A run of the mill victory for City against the hastily assembled QPR allstars. It confirms that success cannot be bought overnight, and that City will not be going away any time soon. I have to say that they are not looking as good as last season, but it is early days yet.

Newcastle 1 Aston Villa 1
The start of the Villa revival? Possibly after they picked up their first point. The Geordies will do well to equal the heights of last season, though they still have enough quality to trouble most teams.

Liverpool 0 Arsenal 2
Rodgers said that it was going to be a long road to success and they are building for the future, but I disagree. They played some good football and had lots of chances, but they are missing a striker. Now where's Andy Carroll? There was criticism of Arsenal last week after two goalless draws, but guess what? Arsenal are now undefeated after three games and are yet to concede. Cazorla and Podolski are both off the mark, and it can only be a matter of time before Giroud joins the party. And is it just me or is Suarez getting worse by the week? Every time the ball goes in the box he wants a penalty, he makes Ashley Young look like he's got perfect balance.

West Ham 3 Fulham 0
When you let your best players go this is what happens, a comprehensive away defeat to a team that should really be struggling against relegation. Fair play to the Hammers, they stuck the ball away, but Fulham need to avoid going into freefall. Carroll could well make the difference, and with his old mate Nolan opening the scoring could the Hammers make a push for mid table safety earlier than expected?

Tottenham 1 Norwich 1
It gets worse for Spurs despite Dembele scoring on his debut. Huddlestone was sent off and they struggled against a Norwich side that battled well but they will definitely be at the wrong end of the table come May. Anyone know Harry's phone number?

Swansea 2 Sunderland 2
Two spirited teams contested this draw, and Stephen Fletcher showed that he is better than many people who criticised his £14m price tag thought. Michu continues to impress for the Swans, and I don't think that either of these will have anything to worry about after Christmas.

West Brom 2 Everton 0
A blip for Everton, or confirmation that the Baggies are a force to be reckoned with? Maybe a bit of both as West Brom remain unbeaten and Everton are still higher than they normally are at this time of the season.

Wigan 2 Stoke 2
Stoke continue to pick up points when really Wigan should have finished this contest long before the end. At least Wigan can look forward to being above the drop zone by Easter rather than several points adrift, whilst Stoke can take heart from their fighting qualities. They also have Charlie Adam, but he couldn't prevent Blackpool from getting relegated!

Southampton 2 United 3
Fergie's 1000th league game changed when Scholesy came on! With RVP having scored our first equaliser, then missing a penalty to equalise a second time, it looked like one of those days. We needn't have worried as Fergie rang the changes, and earlier than normal. Nani drove into the box and rather than hoofing it into the stands he turned and fed RVP for the penalty. Scholes dominated where Cleverley failed, though the young lad has time on his side. Chicarito had one snap shot but made lots of darting runs that show he is still a force, lets hope he gets the game time to prove it. Ferdinand looked a little shaky on his comeback, and Ive no idea why Lindegard was in goal, his kicking is atrocious. Evra looked rusty, or was he wearing slippers? Carrick played ok in midfield, and perhaps he's still getting used to the transition out of the back four, whilst Welbeck is not a left winger. Valencia is still struggling to hit the form of last season, but that will come. Vidic and Rafael were our most solid defenders, despite Rafael getting outjumped for the first goal, but the star of the show? Anyone notice that Rooney was not playing yesterday? RVP must surely be the deal of the transfer window, in fact the deal of many transfer windows. We all know what he did at Arsenal, but it is obviously a lot more relevant when he does it in your own shirt. Four goals in three games (two more than Arsenal), and he already knows how to score in Fergie time! Wrap him up in cotton wool until Wigan on 15th September.

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