Posts Tagged ‘Wayne Rooney’

A third away win for Manchester United in this season and that puts the gap between them and Arsenal at 5 points. Arsenal, meanwhile, on the same day, ended up booking a place at Wember-ley for the Carling Cup final. We now know that their opponents on that day will be Birmingham City who beat West Ham 4-3 on aggregate.

More on that in a bit, but first lets start off with Man United’s terrible first half performance at Bloomfield Road.

You know there’s something wrong with a United performance when Nemanja Vidic almost scores an own goal. I don’t even know where to start. The defence, the midfield, Wayne Rooney? I don’t even understand why Sir Alex started with the 4-3-3 formation when the 4-4-2 has been working wonders thus far. Of course, it was changed before half time with Rooney playing up front with Berba and Gibson moving to the left leaving Scholes and Fletcher in the center of midfield. After that they played as if their life depended on it. Those of you who don’t sense sarcasm in that statement can kindly kill yourself in a painful manner.

As woeful as United’s first half was, Blackpool’s was fantastic. Charlie Adam was spreading the ball here, there and everywhere, and more often than not, Patrice Evra was caught of out position leading to Blackpool attacks. Evra was perhaps at fault for the second goal after he was caught ballwatching while DJ Campbell headed it into the back of the net. What’s worrying for United is that defending from set pieces has traditionally been one of their strengths, but this time the marking was all over the place.

What changed it in the second half was the introduction of Ryan Giggs who brought more urgency into the game. Another pivotal moment was the removal of the ineffective Shrek, for whom a certain Javier Hernandez came on. If Rooney continues playing like this, United fans will have to change his chant slightly from “White Pele” to “White Adebayor” perhaps.

By the way, Berbatov is top scorer for United with 19 goals and Hernandez has 8. Nani has more goals than Shrek who has only netted 3 in the season. Why on earth aren’t Berbatov and Hernandez United’s front pairing? Its a question only the gum chewing bespectacled wise old man can answer.

Entertaining - but he might pay the price for it

In the end, it finished 3-2 in favour of United. This was perhaps as much because of Ian Holloway’s policy of attacking as because of United’s policy of attacking. Towards the end, United were easily breaking and stretching Blackpool. Its definitely entertaining football, but will it help them fight off relegation this season is anyone’s guess. After all they’re only 6 points clear of 18th placed Wigan.

Arsenal are going to Wember-ley

Its been so long since Arsenal have gone to Wembley that their coach driver claims he’s forgotten the way. He was quoted as saying “I think I’ll have to go and buy a map. But the problem is, the mapmakers are holding out for a buck and Arsene [Wenger] has said that he won’t pay more than 50 pence.”

The crisis was resolved after the map paid the other 50 pence.

By the way, this blog (and me specifically) predicted that Arsenal would end their trophy drought this season. So I hope they beat Birmingham.

Richard Keys is doing too much Crystal Meth
“There are some dark forces at work here. I asked if we could make people aware of the fact that [Massey and Keys] had had a conversation and thought it was best for both parties to move on. I was told ‘no’. And 24 hours passed, by which time the world had gone mad. I don’t know why I was told ‘no’… I remember saying to Sian ‘I need to make this official, on behalf of Andy and myself we unreservedly apologise for our behaviour. It was wrong.’

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Careful with that meth, Keysey

That’s part of the official apology tendered by Richard Keys. Who on earth are the dark forces here? Sauron? Voldemort? Silly me, of course he’s referring to the Sith Lord Palpatine.

Fact of the matter is – Keys was wrong. I don’t know what difference it would’ve made if he’s apologized on Monday or on Tuesday, so long as this Monday are Tuesday isn’t a year, five or twenty down the line.


 

 

 

I suspect most of you are familiar with Andy Gray, commentator, analyst and Scotch of great and undeserved renown.
Well you may have also heard that he has just been shitcanned by Sky who provide us (via Espn) with our Premier League fix.

"Hi, I'm an idiot, and I no longer have a job"

The circumstances of his dismissal are fairly simple. Think of the Dean Jones-Hashim Amla fiasco and replace Jones with Gray and Muslims with Women.
The idiot thought his mike was off and said some stupid things(YouTube it if you wish to hear).

Gray and his colleague and fellow brainless idiot Richard Keys basically questioned a woman’s ability to understand anything as ‘complex’ as the offside rule and trotted out the general “they belong in the kitchen making me soup” attitude. The context being the officiating of Lineswoman Sian Massey in the Pool-Wolves game

She got it all right actually

However sexism is not the only thing that fills up Andy Gray’s cup of idiocy . Gray is one of the most shameless proponents of Xenophobia in English football, and unlike Racism or Sexism there is an institutionalised approval almost bordering on encouragement of xenophobia in the modern game, from the media, the FA and from talking (sh*t)heads like Gray.

Anyone who has watched Premier League football over the last few years shoud be able to recall the numerous times when British and Foreign players have been given differential treatment by all quarters.

Consider the instance when Eduardo dived in the Champions League against Celtic, there was an immediate queue of people forming to formally condemn him as the worst human being since Hitler. Contrast this with the studied ignoring of Steven Gerrard’s oft repeated and frankly badly acted gamesmanship. These double standards extend beyond diving.

Rooney’s vicious (and hilarious) attack on some Portuguese bugger’s nuts were explained away as the evil foreigner Ronaldo’s fault, just because Ronaldo was supposed to have been making fun of him. If I attacked someone’s genitals everytime somebody poked fun at me…well I’m pretty sure society would frown upon it.

This xenophobia seems quite often to go hand in hand with another moronic attitide prevalent in England today. The notion that Leg-breaking assaults are “part and parcel” of the game. Well. No, they’re not. The two trends often tie together withpPoor, innocent English “He’s not that kind of player” types like Martin Taylor and Ryan Shawcross are painted as Freaking victims of the tricksy, dishonest foreigners who have no business to be skillful or have quick feet.

Xenophobia is now visible even in the treatment of managers by the English press. Contrast the treatment good old uncle Woy got from the press with what Rafa recieved. Contrast the furore over Sam Allardyce’s dismissal with the sneering treatment of Avram Grant.

Andy Gray who was always quickest to jump to John Terry’s defense for a cynical foul or to Gerrard’s defense for a dive and just as quick to condemn a foreign player as “one of those types” i.e. Cheats is/was but one of the symptoms of a general malaise infecting English football, one that is particularly odious to us foreign supporters of the PL.

I still think he’s an ungrateful bastard. I still think he shouldn’t play in the club. But my views are certainly not Sir Alex’s and he feels differently. I won’t question him cause he knows better than me (obviously).

I’ll tell you why I don’t think Rooney should play. He’s basically come out and told the rest of the team that they’re not good enough for him. A player who hasn’t scored a goal from open play since March has come out and told others like Scholes (ran the first three games for United), Vidic (made captain), Evra (not a brilliant season now, but we all know he’s class), Hernandez (who’s scored much more than him) that they’re not good enough to play with him.

Its like Evra said, “if you don’t trust your team mates, you shouldn’t play”.

Rooney thinks he’s bigger than the club, which is what I felt Ronaldo thought. I didn’t like Ronaldo because of that, but there’s no way that I would deny the fact that he was an integral part of the United team, perhaps even the foundation around which the team was built.  I didn’t like him though.

I know a lot of United fans are happy that Rooney has decided to stay. And I also know that everyone (including Sir Alex) wants the fans to get behind him and support him. Maybe they should, because otherwise he may never score a goal, but I don’t think I can ever forgive him for what he’s done.

 

‘I MET with David Gill last week and he did not give me any of the assurances I was seeking about the future squad.

I then told him that I would not be signing a new contract.

I was interested to hear what Sir Alex had to say yesterday and surprised by some of it.

It is absolutely true, as he said, that my agent and I have had a number of meetings with the club about a new  contract. During those meetings in August I asked for assurances about the continued ability of the club to attract the top players in the world.

I have never had anything but complete respect for MUFC. How could I not have done, given its fantastic history  and especially the last six years in which I have been lucky to play a part?

For me its all about winning trophies – as the club has always done under Sir Alex. Because of that I think the  questions I was asking were justified.

Despite recent difficulties, I know I will always owe Sir Alex Ferguson a huge debt. He is a great manager and  mentor who has helped and supported me from the day he signed me from Everton when I was only 18.

For Manchester United’s sake I wish he could go on forever because he’s a one-off and a genius.’ – An Ungrateful Bastard.

Yea Wayne. I’m sure Sir Alex doesn’t know how to win trophies. The Gaffer himself said it best, “I’ve only won 27 trophies”. According to Daily Mail however, he’s won 35! How many have you won Wayne?

Roy Keane came out vocally against the quality of the squad at the time he was playing. He criticized the same set of players that inspired United to a European double victory in 2008 and another Premiership title the following year.

I’ve read in a lot of United forums where people have hit out against the current transfer policy of United. While its true that United aren’t spending the same kind of money that they used, its also true that most of the money that is currently being spent is on some good players.

Have a look at the players that have joined Manchester United since the Glazers took over.

Vidic – Definitely a good buy. People thought he wasn’t cut out for the Premier League, but boy has he proved his doubters wrong. Currently wearing the arm band.

Evra – Phenomenal full-back and a world class player. Not having the best season thus far, but I’m sure its only a matter of time before he picks it up

Carrick – Currently playing like a school boy, but no one can deny that it was Michael Carrick’s signing that injected some creativity in midfield when United first won the title after a gap of four years. Hopefully he’ll find his old form back.

Nani – Scoring almost every game currently.

Anderson – I’m not sure what to say.

Hargreaves – Perpetually injured, but again a good signing

Berbatov – 30 million. That’s a LOT of money.

Tevez – Loan.

Obertan – Not seen enough of him, but he came on last night and made the game a whole lot more interesting

Owen – A smart move, I think considering he came on a free.

Valencia – Fantastic signing. A different kind of player from Ronaldo, but still essential to the team. Should give Nani crossing lessons in my opinion.

Hernandez – Scores almost every time he plays.

Bebe – What really disgusts me is statements like “If I were Wayne Rooney, and I saw that the summer signings include a homeless guy, I would leave too”. I don’t know why Bebe was signed either, however statements like that are horrible and attacks the person and not his footballing talent (or lack of it)

I’ll leave you to draw your own conclusions from the above list. However I think most the signings Sir Alex has made since then are pretty smart. All of them may not be in the bracket of “World Class” as Shrek believes himself to be, but a majority of them are good players who contribute to the team.

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The most exciting part of last night’s United versus Bursaspor Champions League clash (besides Nani’s goal) was the unveiling of the banner that said “Who’s the whore now, Wayne?”

Exciting, quite.

And a Chicharito strike in the 86th minute or something.

In contrast, the Inter Milan versus Spurs game was nothing but pure entertainment. Within 16 minutes, Inter had scored 3 and Spurs were down to ten men after Gomes was sent off. Bale ended up scoring a hat trick with his last two goals coming in 90+1 and 90+2 minutes respectively. It ended 4-3. I recommend everyone watch this game!

 

 

Wayne Rooney is definitely an ungrateful bastard. Although, United fans should have seen this coming from the player who declared himself Blue till the very end and then later switching to Man United.

I don’t want him to play any active part in the season henceforth, although I don’t think that will be very likely.

I do not understand what Rooney means when he says that the club lacks ambition. Correct me if I’m wrong, but we lost the title to Chelsea by just one point last season. Got knocked out by Bayern in the Quarters very unluckily. It was a question of a week where we lost two titles. I wonder how he would feel if he was playing at Arsenal instead.

Another report says that he isn’t happy with the kind of money that he was being offered in his new contract. Alright, if it is all about the money for Shrek then let him leave and join old pal Tevez across the city. They’ll be more than happy to make Yaya Toure’s salary look like petty cash when compared to what they offer him.

This is what Lio Messi had to say about Wayne Rooney

“We all know football players at the top level are blessed with high wages, it’s no secret. But Rooney would play for 100 euros-a-week. You can see the fire in his eyes. It’s that fire which makes him the best of the best.”

How laughable it seems now

Drawchester United

Man United have done it again. They have drawn another match. This time against West Bromwich Albion at home! Thus far they have won all their home games and drawn all away games. But now they’ve started drawing the home games as well. Excellent! Just what the doctor ordered.

Costly Van der Sar error saw West Brom take a point at Old Trafford

The worrying thing for a United fan is the fact that they still haven’t played the tougher teams in the Premier League. Granted, given Sunderland’s current form, they are one of the better teams in the league, but they still haven’t played Man City, Spurs or Villa which are bound to be tougher than the likes of WBA. They have played Liverpool and home and won, and played Everton away and drawn. I don’t think this is good enough. In the 2008-09 season United didn’t have a great record against the other big four teams, but hammered smaller opponents, thereby amassing 90 points in the season and taking the title.

United are still unbeaten in the league, but that’s little consolation and so long as Man City are above them in the league (as is the case now) United fans will worried.

Fighting Blackpool

Every once in a while you see a team come up from the Championship and play exciting football. Blackpool are doing just that. They played Man City at Bloomfield over the weekend and boy were they unlucky to lose. Tevez had a goal given to him which should have been ruled as offside and Taylor Fletcher had a goal disallowed after incorrectly being ruled offside. The final score was 3-2 and David Silva scored a beautiful third goal amongst all this chaos.

Blackpool really looked threatening and for a while it seemed that all the money City pumped in had gone to waste. City were really lucky to win the game. I feel sorry for Blackpool because for teams like them, every point counts and could save them from taking the drop.

Teams like Stoke came up from the Championship and they decided NOT TO LOSE, whereas Blackpool decided to WIN. The strategies are different, but if the end result is the same (staying on in the Premier League) then the manager and the team, both, have achieved something worth remembering. You could argue that its boring watching teams like Stoke play. The Stoke board will tell you that they’d rather have boring football on display than earn lesser revenue by going back down to the Championship.

Chelsea held at Villa

Didier Drogba didn’t play the game and therefore my Fantasy Football gameweek went for a toss. The result was a pretty fair one in my opinion and I don’t think Chelsea will be too disappointed about getting only a point at Villa. Ancelotti certainly isn’t disappointed.

Jack Wilshere’s dark side

Poor Arsene Wenger. He goes on and on about bad tackles and then suddenly one of his own players lunges in with a really dangerous tackle on Zigic. Arsene Wenger has been very vocal in his criticism of dangerous tackles by other players on his own team and this time when the tables were turned, didn’t come off so strong.

Welcome to the Dark Side. We have cookies.

“We know Jack Wilshere is not a dirty player, but it does show you players can mistime in this hurly burly game in football. Everybody has to recognise that.” – Arsene Wenger

But when Paul Scholes does it, it means he has a dark side. Hypocrisy much, Mr Wenger?

It was a bad tackle and its a good thing Zigic wasn’t injured, Alex McLeish would have cried after spending 6 million on his transfer from Valencia.

Merseyside is blue

Everton absolutely pushed Liverpool out of the game. It was a really dominating performance from Everton and they deservedly ended up winning 2-0. Goals from Cahill and Arteta settled the encounter, Arteta’s strike being fantastic (not that Cahill’s goal wasn’t good in itself). Arteta (once upon a time, England’s midfield hope) and Cahill pulled all the strings in midfield making Liverpool’s summer signing of Meireles seem completely pointless.

Liverpool played two Defensive Midfielders – Meireles and Lucas and were still not able to get the ball enough. Steven Gerrard had to occasionally track back and anchor midfield. Yakubu looked three times a better striker than Fernando Torres, and its not everyday that something like that happens.

Let’s be honest, Everton ran out winners and deserved it.

Barcelona versus Valencia

Barcelona versus Valencia was the clash of the weekend in La Liga and was a really really good match. Barcelona were dominating the game in the second half with the score at 1-1. Barca won the game in the end with a commanding header from Puyol. Final score there was 2-1 to Barca. Iniesta and Puyol on the scoresheet for Barca and Pablo Hernandez for Valencia.

Real Madrid absolutely hammered Malaga with Ronaldo scoring a brace and two from Higuain as well. Higuain’s goals were set up by Ronaldo as well so its fair to say that he was probably the player of the match.

Ronaldo and Higuain celebrate after the first goal against Malaga

 

With that win, Real go on top of La Liga thanks to Valencia’s loss and Villareal drawing 2-2 away at Hercules (who seem to be giving a headache to the big teams). Sevilla also lost to Sporting Gijon which was quite unexpected.

Waaazaaa Wazza?

Wayne Rooney has reportedly refused to sign a new contract with Manchester United. All the newspapers have tipped him to make a move away from Old Trafford and claim that he has had a bust up with Sir Alex.

I’ll give you my two cents on the entire thing. It is too bad if Wayne Rooney wants to leave Manchester United. He’s a good player going through a bad patch, but he needs to be a little bit more mature when dealing with people and the media (especially).

Sir Alex has his best interests at heart and has tried to focus attention away from Rooney and he keeps bringing the spotlight back on to himself. He countered Sir Alex’s story that his ankle had a problem which was why he was going through a bad patch and said instead that his ankle was absolutely fine.

There’s no doubt that Sir Alex would’ve been furious with Wayne Rooney for this and perhaps it was one of the reasons Rooney started on the bench against West Brom.

I read elsewhere that Rooney is holding out for 200,000 Euro a week on his new contract which seems quite ridiculous considering he’s getting 120,000 Euro a week now. Apparently United offered him170,000 which seems quite fair to me.

Rooney needs to grow up.

Tonight’s Champions League clashes

For those of you who are in India and wondering which games will be telecast by TEN tonight –

Shakhtar Donetsk versus Arsenal on TEN Sports at 00.00 hours

Real Madrid versus AC Milan on TEN Action at 00.00 hours

Spartak Moskva versus Chelsea on TEN Action at 21.30 hours

Wayne Rooney was caught urinating into a bin and smoking a cigarette outside a nightclub in Manchester last night. Rooney has been instrumental in United’s failed fight to retain the Premier League title for a fourth consecutive time with Man United.

However, the striker, considered one of the best in the world had a torrid time at the World Cup and failed to score a single goal. Although I’m not really worried about the fact that he couldn’t score a goal at the World Cup, I am worried about the fact that he would go around drunk and descending to vandalism.

Rooney was given a month off by Sir Alex Ferguson after England’s disastrous (or was it expected?) exit at the hands of Germany. He is supposed to be taking his mind off football for a bit so that he comes back harder and stronger both in training and the next season.

Sir Alex knows how to handle the situation, I’m sure, but it just goes to show that Rooney still hasn’t reached that stage of maturity that would make him truly World Class.

Another Man United player too made headlines for all the wrong reasons. Anderson was dragged unconscious out of his Audi after it went off the road. Anderson wasn’t at the wheel, although he was out partying till 7 AM according to reports. He’s supposed to be recovering from a cruciate ligament problem but was out anyway. He’s okay and will be returning to Manchester soon.

This isn’t the first time Anderson has disappointed Ferguson and United fans and although he is a talented midfielder, he needs to show a level of responsibility if he is to get playing time.