Ferg-tard gives me Foul-mood

Saturday’s ridiculous collapse was the team’s fault, but today’s awful result was all on Sir Alex…

Rangers are pretty terrible. People say that Celtic and Rangers would compete in the Prem, but I think they’d struggle against even the lowliest of the top-flight teams. So perhaps tonight was a good opportunity to rest a couple of first teamers and bring on some fresh legs at half time to keep the squad happy.

Or perhaps not, because Alex Ferguson decided to make ten changes (that’s everyone except Darren “the Performing Donkey” Fletcher) from the weekend’s team. Out went star performer Berbatov, and in came out-of-sorts Rooney and not-match-sharp Chicharito. Park was dreadful, and didn’t look anything close to match fit; Fletcher gave the ball away every time he got it, rather negating his one supposed quality; Gibson was ineffective bar a couple of trademark traction-engine-footed thumps; Ferdinand was anonymous; and Brown kept crossing the ball into the stands.

Needing a goal, Ferguson opted to take off an (effectively) attacking player, Fabio, who was acting as a wing-back – whether he was meant to be or not. On came Jonny Evans, possibly the least likely person to help conjure a goal from nowhere since Denis Irwin. And he didn’t. Also, Teen Golf Sensation Michael Owen came on for Park and was equally rubbish. United’s passing was hopeless, the finishing was poor, nobody was running off the ball, and the marking was comically absent. It was really quite lucky that Rangers were so bad, though clearly I wouldn’t want to add to the speculation that Fergie was simply giving his old team an easy ride.

Only Smalling and Kuszczak came out of the game with any real credit, aside from Valencia whose decent performance was cut short (see below). Smalling actually resembles the Ferdinand of six or seven years ago – good in the air with quick feet, and confident striding forward out of defence. His performance was encouraging. Kuszcsak didn’t have a lot to do but he handled everything Rangers wafted in his general direction.

As bad as the result was, the injury to Antonio Valencia was worse. They didn’t show any replays, and it looked completely innocuous, but you could tell it was a bad one from the players’ reactions. I was at Old Trafford when David Busst’s leg became a mess of skin, muscle and bone, and Schmeichel’s vomiting was rather indicative (even from way up in the stands). This one didn’t seem to be so horrific, but they all knew straight away that Valencia’s night, and possibly season, was over. I suppose this means we’ll be seeing more of Twinkle Toes Giggs on the left and Nani on the right. Park’s another option too, if you have absolutely no interest in ever scoring (which in fairness Ferguson doesn’t seem to).

All told a woeful ninety-six minutes and one that asks far more questions than it answers. I just hope that Berbatov, Evans, Rafael, Scholes and Vidic are all back to face Liverpool this weekend. Not that the inane clown posse from up the M62 are any better than Rangers…

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  1. ” People say that Celtic and Rangers would compete in the Prem, but I think they’d struggle against even the lowliest of the top-flight teams”

    In the last ten years, Celtic have beaten Manchester United, Liverpool, Blackburn, as well as such minnows as Barcelona, Lyon, AC Milan etc in European competition.
    I think they could handle the likes of Stoke and Blackpool.

    Your comment is also based on a false premise. Rangers are currently dire because they are in hock to the banks and have no money left to buy players. If the OF moved to the English Premiership they would have significantly more TV money as well as opportunities to expand their already considerable fan base abroad. I’d expect them to finish in the top half of the Premiership with, depending on future ownership, the possibility of going higher.

    • That’s a fair point about TV revenue, I was just talking about the sides as they stand at the moment. I’m still not convinced that even with big money they’d be top half material though – the money thing is a bit of a red herring (see Manchester City!). Celtic are not the club they were even five years ago. I seriously doubt they would beat Stoke or Blackpool right now (Blackpool are in fourth (!), not that it will last). I appreciate that Scottish football is in dire straits – the national team is on a par with the likes of Estonia, Moldova etc and it’s hard to see where that’s going to change (much like England, there isn’t really great cause for optimism, though for somewhat different reasons). And next season it is looking almost certain that Scotland is going to lose its remaining guaranteed Champions’ League place.


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