Man Utd humiliation part 2 – We all saw it coming!

by Charlie Coffey

Thursday, December 1st, 2011
 

 Ferguson punished for showing Palace a lack of respect

Bookies were offering odds of 12/1 on a Crystal Palace victory at Old Trafford last night, and Sir Alex Ferguson’s shock following his side’s 2-1 quarter final loss showed that he expected his Manchester United side to win as much as they did.

Although his players let him down last night, Fergie can be blamed for underestimating Palace. Ferguson played his current reserves against a Championship side, and while players such as Dimitar Berbatov, Antonio Valencia and the Da Silva twins should have had the quality to win the match, when they proved unable to unlock Palace, Fergie’s bench lacked the experienced, creative player the situation required.

Any one of Nani, Ashley Young, Wayne Rooney or Ryan Giggs especially could have provided the spark that Ferguson’s team so obviously lacked. They were all given the night off, but would have watched the game anyway one would hope, so to ask one of them to warm the bench as an insurance policy would not have been much to ask.

With Berbatov taken off with an injury after a disappointing first half, United were left with Kiko Macheda and Mame Biram Diouf isolated up front, neither of which would list creativity as one of their best qualities. Behind them, Valencia is a decent, orthodox winger but offers little originality in his play, and both he and Park Ji-Sung look short of form. Darron Gibson is only dangerous when shooting speculatively from distance, a tactic that causes attacks to break down if unsuccessful.

Instead of having the ability to bring on a proven match winner, Ferguson opted for youthful promise in Paul Pogba and Ravel Morrison. This decision did not show Palace the respect they deserved, and for once Ferguson was guilty of a severe lack of judgement that cost his side a place in the Carling Cup semi-final against Cardiff, and an excellent chance of a Wembley Cup final.

TAGS: Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United, Crystal Palace, Nani, Ryan Giggs, Wayne Rooney, Park Ji-Sung, Carling Cup, Antonio Valencia, Federico Macheda, Paul Pogba, Ravel Morrison, Old Trafford

Read Charlie Coffey’s brilliant blog at my11.com.

Play our free fantasy football and predictor games to win great cash prizes.

Be Sociable, Share!
  • Mr E

    Dead right. Coaches are not good enough need a dutch and spanish coach.
    SELL Owen. Evans, Fabio, Raphael, Kiko, Bertaov, Gibson, Park ,Diouf,Evra, De Gea. in January
    Buy Baines Everton . Cavani Napoli. Snijder Inter. Benzema Real.
    Bring back De Laet
    AND that is only the start
    Time to think about replacing Sir Alex after 1 more season.

  • mac

    Come on utd – how many years has Fergie spoilt you lot?
    No need to apoligise Sir Alex.
    It was a night when the “P” stood for Passion of Performace from the Palace – and their fans.
    You dont have to have lots of silverware (or money) to love your club – Most fans say “So What” when the “Money clubs win”.
    Final thought on Palaces Achievement –
    How much did Smalling cost?

  • bruce thomas

    @ Mr E

    Absolutely spot on, mate. And add to your list crocks Giggs and Ferdinand and there is some serious spending to be done in Jan / Summer. Won’t happen though “No value in the market” — Trans: “The Glazers have pikied all the dosh”. Spurs are looking in better shape than United FFS!!

Previous post:

Next post: