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Sunday, April 16, 2006

Ferguson feeling foolish

If anything, football is unpredictable. When Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson was playing his typical mind games throughout the week he (and me) didn’t exactly expect his side would draw 0-0 against Sunderland, but that is exactly what happened.

How United didn’t put at least 3 past Sunderland is beyond me. They dominated the game completely. Sunderland managed a couple of chances but they were few and far between. A lucky break could have even given Sunderland the win.

Mind games and motivational tactics are fine until they make you look like a blowhard. Yes, United have had a great run recently with something like 9 wins which had reeled in Chelsea’s lead significantly, but it was just never going to happen.

Sunderland’s keeper Kelvin Davis saved certain goals over and over which is really the only thing that kept Sunderland alive. Other than that sparkling performance in goal, Sunderland, like they have been all season long, are a team to forget.

They are awful. No kidding. They couldn’t string 3 passes together for most of the game and their boys punted the ball to nowhereland the first time they came under pressure. Poor Gary Breen, never looked capable, and a team captain at that. I recall a few years back for West Ham United he looked like a pair of rubber legs when run at, now back in the Premiership and despite a better showing this season he was never going to be the player to keep a back 4 together or keep a team up.

For old Sir Alex, the mind games are looking more and more see-thru. His comments implying that United would be in the thick of it come the last day of the season look as hollow as Old Trafford’s soul under the Glazer regime.

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Anonymous brookster said...

It seems strange how his side can take Arsenal apart like that so well last week yet fail so badly this week. He's still got it, yet not all the time.

4/16/2006 8:00 PM  
Anonymous Vlad the Mackem said...

Hi Football Commentator. You either have no football knowledge or didn't see any of the game. Which is it?

4/16/2006 10:31 PM  
Blogger Football Commentator said...

Vlad the Mackem obviously saw that game and thinks I missed something, yet is not creative enough to either write something funny or tell me what it is.

Which is it??

4/17/2006 9:08 AM  
Anonymous vlad the mackem said...

Hi FC, Bravo! Perhaps you should stick to repartee and leave football commentry to those not entirely ignorant of the game. Just a suggestion.

4/17/2006 10:43 AM  
Blogger footie girl said...

United were terrible against Sunderland. They had tons of possession, but they couldn't do anything with it because they kept giving the ball away whenever they got into the last third of the field. It was painful to watch.

4/17/2006 2:54 PM  
Blogger Football Commentator said...

Hey footie girl,

Careless possession is a symptom of modern football

4/17/2006 6:23 PM  
Blogger Football Commentator said...

Vlad the Mackem,

I'll keep that in mind.

4/17/2006 6:25 PM  
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