Just when you thought that Manchester United had done everything wrong that they could possibly do, they went one better and failed to score four penalties in a penalty shoot-out. Danny Welbeck and Phil Jones were completely off target while Januzaj and Rafael had their penalties saved. It’s sad when the penalty taking line-up looks like that in the first place.
Penalty takers in my view should be your most experienced players; not necessarily strikers. And while I know that with the current United line-up experience is lacking, manager David Moyes still should have gone with Valencia and Patrice Evra, rather than the little boys who stepped forward on the day.
And when Moyes in his post match interview admitted that United didn’t deserve to get to the final anyway, it’s worrying. Someone said on twitter that a team like Man United shouldn’t be playing 120 minutes in a League Cup semi against a team like Sunderland in the first place and I’m inclined to agree.
When I cross over to Man City and see how they convincingly dismissed their semi-final opponents West Ham, it shows just how far down their neighbours have slipped. United have wisely signed on Juan Mata from Chelsea to try and rescue their season and it’s a pretty decent move from Moyes, although I think the 37 million pound prize tag was too high.
Every time I see figures like that, I get angry at Arsene Wenger for selling Robin Van Persie to Man United for just 23 million pounds. But that’s another story altogether. It’s not like Wenger would have used the extra money to buy players. Which brings me to Arsenal and the fact that Wenger needs to stop bird watching and realise the transfer window closes next week. Yes! he’s made contact with Juventus for striker Mirko Vucinic on loan, but the Italian club seem to want to sell him altogether. Move quickly Arsene, we don’t have time. The next round of Champions League fixtures are coming up in February and we are facing Bayern Munich in case you have forgotten. And we can’t put players like Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain against defenders like Philip Lahm. No disrespect to The Ox and he may just score against Bayern, but why take chances when we can sign an experienced striker.
I do want to end by saying congratulations to Gor Mahia for finally holding a peaceful election. Chairman Ambrose Rachier is promising big things in this term and I hope he receives the support he needs to achieve those goals.
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