Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Championship Team Of The Year - In March?

My team, a bit early but as the Football League have given out awards already I will to. 

GK - Rob Green

RB - Kieran Trippier
CB - Wes Morgan 
CB - Kaspar Gorkss
LB - Stephen Ward

RM - A Knockaert
CM - Joey Barton
CM - Will Hughes 
LM - Lloyd Dyer

S - Danny Ings 
S - David Nugent 

Moyes 3 Biggest Games Of His Career

It went from bad to worse for Manchester United on Sunday as they were humiliated by arch rival Liverpool 3-0 at Old Trafford. The league has been over for a long time but pride and bragging rights were still up for grabs however,  United were simple outplayed in all areas. The fans carried on singing and chanting '20 times' in reference to their league titles but it may be a long wait for 21. How much time will David Moyes get? Will he be trusted with even more money? Will he be able to attract names as they won't be in the Champions League next season? Anderson's parting shot was he had lost some of the dressing, was he right or just being bitter?

Tough questions but let's look at some Rafa style facts.

The money he has spent, Fellaini £28m - He's good at being an attacking midfielder but he has not played in that position for United and never will. As a defensive midfielder he gets exposed for his lack of pace & United already have players who can play role. I won't say he is not a United player but he is not living up to expectations.

Are players from Atletico Madrid,  Juventus or Benfica going to leave their clubs who are all in Champions League, off the back of a World Cup summer to play in the Europa league and gamble on Moyes turning it around.

Is he going to get the big names in, is he a big enough pull. Ferguson seemed to be the one who got Mata over the line. The Sir Alex factor being at every game gazing down on the man he handpicked fail has not done him any favours.

Can Mata, Rooney & R.V.P all play together? And where have all the good wingers gone at United?

I think Moyes has 3 games to save face. Tonight against Olympiakos, the result  is massive, he needs a classic European night at the Theatre of Dreams. If they turn it around it will be a massive boost, but it can also turn into a nightmare for him.

After that it's West Ham away on Saturday a tough place to go at the best of times. West Ham will be up for it live on Sky Sports, Big Sam would love to get one over United. The Reds have a good record at Upton Park but Moyes has shattered all types of records this year.

Then it's Manchester City after that. City were easy winners earlier this season, they have won on their last two visits to Old Trafford in the league and if they like many others walk all over United at Old Trafford in a few weeks Moyes' time could well be up. The Glazers have been patient and the fans have been supportive. You may say he needs more time but you don't have time in modern day football.  Of course Man United could win the next three and gain some much needed  confidence, so let's see if these players can get Moyes and themselves out of this mess they're in.   

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

England - Fighting for a place in Brazil

Off the back of my last England team post, here is an updated list of the could go list. The friendly tonight against Denmark will give some of these players a chance but who could make a late run for the 30 man squad and then the 23 man squad who go to Brazil.  

Could Go

Andy Carroll
Now back from injury if he needs games and needs to get back on the score sheet to shift Lambert out.

Fabian Delph 

Under the radar at the unfashionable Aston Villa but a young player who has had a decent season. A strong finish could do him the world of good.

Mark Noble 
If you look at the last England captain to take his country to a competitive final, he's your man. He does pass the ball well but what is more crucial he can take a penalty.

Adam Johnson
Up and down with form, he can play on either wing and find the net,  he is a confidence player, so Sunderland struggling in the league may put his chances down though.

Luke Shaw
One for the future but with it being Cole's last major tournament is he worth the risk taking for experience? 

Jay Rodriguez
Gone off the boil in recent weeks but could easily go on a scoring run and steal a place.

Raheem Sterling
I thought his form may slide but he seems to be getting better and better. Playing with Gerrard and Sturridge weekly gives him an advantage for the link up play. He could be a very good sub to come on in Brazil. 

Jordan Henderson
Not the most exciting of players but when you look at the job Milner does and what he will do if he goes, Henderson is another option just in case of injury and he is having a far better season than Tom Cleverley.