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5 августа 2016 г. 11:07

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On a Premier League Wednesday with nine games played simultaneously, spectacular goals and the top five teams each victorious, it was another home loss for Manchester United taking the headlines. Aaron Ramsey Wales Jersey . Whenever United loses, its crisis.  When other top teams slip up, its the quirky nature of the Premier League.  The predictable reaction speaks to the sky-high expectations for a team proven perennial contender and 13 times Premier League champion.  While its premature to suggest United have abdicated their throne, retaining their title this term has become improbable.  Setting the bar lower to Champions League qualification even seems an uphill climb for a team reflecting United only in colours and crest.  The mighty have fallen.  But how far? After Wednesdays 1-0 loss to Everton, Manchester United sits 9th: Uniteds lowest ever position after 14 games.  The home form is most disconcerting.  David Moyes side has already been shut out twice at Old Trafford this campaign.  Their eight home goals for is equal to the likes of West Ham, who have no true striker and one less than last place Sunderland.  In comparison, Manchester City has scored 29 at home in the same number of games.  Thats a Grand Canyon sized difference between supposed rivals on the field.  The gap, incredible considering United finished 11 points ahead of City a season ago. Wednesdays loss is merely salt in the wound.  The Everton away support mocked Moyes throughout.  United support most likely felt like doing the same, if it were not the previous instructions by his predecessor, "your job now is to stand by our new manager." Wariness persists about the new man.  While the players and staff all say the right things, belief amongst even the most ardent supporter wavers.  Patience is preached.  That narrative is difficult to swallow for supporters who have grown accustomed to winning trophies at a club with the bankroll to support ambition. Perhaps Sir Alex saw this coming.  Perhaps he had got everything he could out of this group of players. Perhaps he knew the team needed an overhaul.  And perhaps that was a little bit too much for a 71-year-old manager with nothing to prove to start over and rebuild.   And perhaps banking on ownership to actually use the clubs financial might to address the issues in the side was something Ferguson could no longer stomach. This argument is less about the man in charge, rather than the team on the field.  The goals United would score a year ago are now finding the woodwork.  The challenges are sloppy.  The shape leaves much to desire.  Its striking the team couldnt rise up to the challenge of Everton; a fixture that was always going to be circled on the calendar, no matter where Everton and Manchester United sat in the table.  The fact Moyes former team sat above his current gave added urgency.  The Reds didnt respond.  Yes, Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck hit post and crossbar respectively.  But the chances for Everton were as good, or better than what United could muster.  The irony, plain to see, with a United transfer targets injury replacement Bryan Oviedo scoring the match winner.  The Everton midfield, which was plucked of Marouane Fellaini at the transfer window, was dominant throughout, with Fellainis replacements James McCarthy and Gareth Barry keeping the shape United only wished they could have.  And Fellaini, fortunate to have stayed on the field after an ugly challenge, and looking a shell of the influential player he was while wearing blue. "We never felt inferior," remarked a jubilant Everton manager, Roberto Martinez.  A Martinez managed team had never scored a goal at Old Trafford, let alone win.  His Everton team in one try did what Moyes Everton couldnt accomplish in over a decade – win at Old Trafford.   It was a measured, calculated and composed approach by the visitors.  Time after time, they exposed the weakness in Uniteds midfield.  United can still maintain possession of the ball in the middle of the park.  But the east-west ball movement lack cutting edge and fluidity.  The end result is a stale, predictable product. Most noticeably, Uniteds inability to put high pressure on the ball, and subsequent lack of numbers in attack on the counter left United at the mercy of a superior Everton midfield.  Vintage United teams over the last two decades were deadly at forcing mistakes through putting pressure on the ball and forcing teams out of their element. It was always near textbook counter-attacking football.  That was the Manchester United way.  When in possession, Sir Alex Fergusons United would attack in waves.  It would be relentless and it would break you down. This new United sits back.  And when on the ball, there are very few options in support.  Everton were vastly superior at both pressing the ball and attacking in numbers, just as West Brom were in a shock away victory at the Theatre of Dreams earlier this season.  Fluid movement on and off the ball and purposeful possession broke down United.  These were no fluky, lucky away victories.  They were well earned. We should fall short of calling United a bad team.  They are still a good team with a collection of players able to compete.  But they have simply fallen back to the pack. Hanging in and grinding out points is where the team is.  Thats not a bad thing.  Its just not typical United.  Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney have match changing, game winner abilities.  Outside f the two, the squad falls short on top talent.  So system, discipline, and effort need be relied upon.   No matter what happens in January, Moyes number one job is to get his midfield right.  He would likely trade his entire midfield roster for the likes of one of Eden Hazard, Yaya Toure, or Mesut Ozil – all top players for title contending teams.  Likewise for Juan Mata, Oscar Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla – you get the picture.  In the midfield, Manchester United is playing from a deficit. The discourse coming from Old Trafford has to change.  It cannot be about moral victories.  Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward saying United will remain strong financially without winning trophies sends the wrong message.  The expectation is winning, not profit.  The league is becoming clearer: Arsenal, Manchester City, and Chelsea are clear title threats.  Liverpool, Everton, and Spurs are in the second tier.  Is United better than the aforementioned three?  Certainly not based upon form. This is the challenge for United and their new manager.  These may be early days, but its gut-check time.  A suspended Wayne Rooney Saturday doesnt make matters any easier.  The team has responded before.  Will they respond this time around, for this manager? Other Musings - Luis Suarez is on a run for the ages, scoring 13 goals in nine games this season.  The bite seen around the world and the summer of discontent seems to be a distant memory.  But this is Suarez were talking about.  Dependability is not his middle name.  One has to wonder what is his value now? Liverpool famously rejected Arsenals audacious bid of just over £40 million.  What is Barcelona or Real Madrid offer £80 million?  Can Liverpool afford to lose him, no matter the price?  Qualifying for Champions League is massive for the short-term future of the club.  And could very well determine if Suarez continues on at Anfield.  - After just 90 seconds Wednesday, Niklas Bendtner scored his first Arsenal goal in 1,005 days.  In very Bendtner like fashion, he later missed an absolute sitter.  Can Arsene Wenger afford not going into Januarys transfer window to buy another striker?  Or can Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski be decent enough options, providing cover for Olivier Giroud?  The decision could be the difference between winning the league. - Andre Villas-Boas outburst at the press doesnt bode well for the Spurs manager.  The Portuguese manager has bigger fish to fry than petty public spats with those who cover the team.  Finding requisite width and appropriate attacking formation tops his to-do list.  The lack of influence through the wing positions despite worlds of talent is troubling.  Two late goals at Craven Cottage spared his blushes.  Maintaining focus is paramount.  AVB has the players. Time to bring it all together. - Southamptons dream run has been derailed for the time being.  A difficult stretch has seen the team lose their top goalkeeper and concede eight times in their last three after giving up just five in their previous 11.  It doesnt get any easier, with games against top teams Manchester City, Newcastle and Spurs in their next three Twitter - @WheelerTSNEmail - gareth.wheeler@bellmedia.ca. Aaron Ramsey Jersey . The Raptors point guard has been named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, Jan. 27, through Sunday, Feb. 2, the league announced ahead of Torontos meeting with the Jazz on Monday. Gareth Bale Jersey . Pau Gasol had 23 points and 17 rebounds, and injury-riddled Los Angeles used its sixth different starting point guard of the season in a 110-99 victory over the Utah Jazz on Friday night.TSN.ca presents its latest weekly power rankings for the 2013-14 Barclays Premier League season. Rankings were weighted evenly between separate lists made by TSN Radio host and soccer analyst Gareth Wheeler as well as TSN.cas soccer editors. 1. Liverpool (Last Week-1) Liverpool are now five points clear at the top of the table after a spirited 3-2 victory over Norwich City.  Raheem Sterling scored twice and Luis Suarez added the other for the Reds. 2. Manchester City (LW-3) Pablo Zabaleta, Sergio Aguero and Martín Demichelis were all on target for Manchester City, who kept their slim title hopes alive with a 3-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion.  Midfielder David Silva was stretchered off in the 67th minute for City. 3. Chelsea (LW-2) Chelseas title hopes took a major hit as they fell 2-1 to Sunderland at Stamford Bridge, ending Jose Mourinhos perfect league home record.  Samuel Etoo gave them the lead after 12 minutes but their fate was sealed after conceding a late penalty. 4. Arsenal (LW-4) Aaron Ramsey and a Lukas Podolski double were more than enough as Arsenal held on to fourth place with a 3-0 victory over Hull City. 5. Everton (LW-5) Everton kept their Champions League hopes alive with a 2-0 victory over Manchester United in David Moyes return to Goodison Park.  Leighton Baines and Kevin Mirallas did the damage for Everton who kept pace with Arsenal in the race for fourth place. 6. Tottenham (LW-7) Paulinho, Harry Kane and Younes Kaboul were all on target for Tottenham as they defeated Fulham 3-1 at White Hart Lane. 7. Manchester United (LW-6) David Moyes unsuccessful return to Goodison Park would spell the end of Manchester Uniteds chances to make the Champions League and his tenure as manager of the club.  Moyes was fired by United after dropping his 11th league game of the season. 8. Southampton (LW-8) Despite enjoying 68% of the possession, Southampton was not able to strike the decisive blow and instead settled for a 0-0 draw against Aston Villa. 9. Stoke City (LW-9) Marko Arnautoovics first half penalty was canceled out in the second half as Stoke settled for a 1-1 draw with Cardiff City. Ashley Williams Jersey. . 10. Crystal Palace (LW-10) Mile Jedinaks 59th minute penalty was the difference as Crystal Palace defeated West Ham 1-0, guaranteeing their Premier League survival. 11. Newcastle United (LW-11) Make it five straight Premier League defeats for Newcastle as they fell 2-1 at home against Swansea.  Shola Ameobi gave them a lead after 23 minutes but they were not able to find another goal. 12. Swansea City (LW-14) Wilfried Bony scored in injury time of both the first and second half to lead Swansea to a 2-1 victory over Newcastle.  His winning marker was from the penalty spot after a foul on teammate Marvin Emnes. 13. Hull City (LW-12) Tough day at KC Stadium as Hull was defeated 3-0 by Arsenal.  The Tigers are currently sitting just above the relegation battle. 14. West Ham United (LW-13) Despite being on top of the action, West Ham could not find the net as they fell 1-0 at home to Crystal Palace. 15. Aston Villa (LW-16) After losing four straight games, Aston Villa earned a point in a 0-0 draw against Southampton. 16. West Bromwich Albion (LW-15) Graham Dorrans scored the lone goal as West Bromwich Albion fell 3-1 to Manchester City. 17. Sunderland (LW-18) A recently good run of form is developing for Sunderland as they claimed a shock road 2-1 victory over Chelsea.  Connor Wickham and Fabio Borini provided the offence for the Black Cats who inched closer to getting off the bottom of the table. 18. Cardiff City (LW-19) It was a penalty for each side at Cardiff City Stadium as the Welsh side drew 1-1 with Stoke City. 19. Fulham (LW-17) Steve Sidwells 37th minute marker was all Fulham could muster as they were defeated 3-1 on the road against Tottenham. 20. Norwich City (LW-20) Norwich threw everything they had at Liverpool but in the end were forced to settle for a 3-2 defeat at Carrow Road.  Gary Hooper and Robert Snodgrass scored the goals for the Canaries. Cheap Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Authentic China Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NHL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys ' ' '

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