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A Tale of Two Wingers – A Dilemma for Sir Alex

September 17, 2009
"Weeeee! Look at meeee!"

"Weeeee! Look at meeee!"

Well the Champions League is back, and it felt rather good!

The tension is so different to a Prem is almost like a different sport! Anyhow, every game seems to be throwing up interesting debatable issues with concerns with the United first team. The manager is definitely leaning toward a formation which compliments our game with out and out wingers, something we copyrighted in the 90s. And it seems that his initial faith is in Valencia and Nani to fill these rolls

Tuesday night explained many things about these two players, and most of these facts are already on the table. Valencia showed great promise. He got to the bye-line on numerous occasions. His pace and strength are fantastic attributes, but his crossing leaves alot to be desired. You can see that he has genuine intent..not a show pony in any sense

And talking of show ponies lets talk about the left side

We are only but a handful of games into the season and i want to shoot Nani! The boy has an obvious gift. Pace to burn and a blistering shot. However, he has an addiction to running down dark alleyways he cant get out of. His decision making isn’t as so much poor, but non existent. When he doesn’t know when to pass or shoot, he merely tries a step-over and then loses possession. I bet Sir Alex does his nut everytime. I know its probably unfair on the boy a bit..for i am impatient. But i know the game (as we all do!!) If he does not magically sort his brain out, which results in him becoming a totally different player, i think his goose is cooked in a United shirt. I so want him to do well, but he totally does my head in every match.

He gives me KieranRichardsonitise. Painful.

At least with Valencia i can see the simple things he needs to improve on, which with time he will. They are not fundamental changes in his football like Nani. I can see Nani going off to a Villareal, like Forlan or Rossi, and doing really well…a place where the pressure is off and his flair will drive everything. He can lose the ball as much as he likes, as long as he gives their fans something to sing about once in a while. They will love his backflips. But in our team, every mistake is under a microscope. It wont be written about but his woefully bad decision not to pass to Evra on a counter attack in the last minute of the match nearly cost us dearly, as Besiktas exploited our left back position and whipped in a ball that no one converted in-spite of out foxing Vidic. I wanted to punch the plasma at that point. Im not starting a witch hunt on this. I want the kid to do well. But i don’t want us to suffer because of it. I do not see Nani driving us to any silverware anytime soon. He is our Ryan Babel.

If Fergie does not fancy Zoran Tosic either, i hope the chequebook comes out in January for Alexi Sanchez. He is the answer for the left hand side for me..


7 Comments leave one →
  1. maserati4200 permalink
    September 17, 2009 5:29 pm

    This pic is another candidate for a caption competition!

    I love the expression on the face of the guy in black. Any suggestions?

    • September 17, 2009 5:32 pm

      ha! exactly what i thought..his face is a treat..hes obviously thinkin the C word

  2. maserati4200 permalink
    September 17, 2009 5:31 pm

    How about…

    Dude, you’re gonna hurt yourself

  3. September 18, 2009 6:36 am

    like you said. off to spain like rossi and forlan and they will improve.

    he has loads of talent but doesn’t seem to know how to exploit it.

    and yes im sure sir alex will draw the chequebook out in january cuz we do need re-inforcement if we are to challenge for major silverware this season!

  4. September 19, 2009 3:33 pm

    I wanna see Gabriel Obertan. He is highly regarded and Fergie might choose to play him on the left wing. Nani needs to sort out his game quickly. Otherwise he might just be another one of those He-promised-a-lot players. And as much as you are, I am not too impressed with what I see of Valencia. He needs to lift his game to United’s standards.

    • September 19, 2009 3:49 pm

      Valencia had a fabulous pre season, but so far hasnt really cut it..but his issues are not inherent problems like Nanis are..we will see…early days for Valencia yet

  5. May permalink
    September 19, 2009 11:57 pm

    That’s harsh, in my opinion anyway. Yes Nani does my nut in too, Lord knows he’s a frustrating little fecker, but he’s a little spark plug too. The first half was definitely not Nani’s finest hour, but come second half, about four or five minutes in, and Nani delivered a cross in, something Valencia couldn’t do all night, that caused chaos. It takes him one moment to cause a riot. He kept his head down and didn’t fade into the background. He kept driving on, and his hard work paid off, his blistering shot, which he was somewhat unlucky to score thanks to good goal keeping, fell nicely for Scholes to work his magic on.

    Calling him a show-pony is fine, if that’s what you want, but his celebration isn’t an “All-Eyes-On-Me” jester, he was celebrating his goals like that at Sporting Lisbon. He was a capoeira fighter as a young lad. He gave it up to play football; it’s his way of keeping it in his life. And I don’t care if I’m alone saying this, but he’s wanted to play for Man Utd all his life. He played nothing bar a few cup games and a handful of premier league games last season, and he didn’t mouth off to the press about the manager disrespecting him or any of that type bull (ala Tevez) and he’s never once stated that he “dreams of Spain” and ruined his manager’s summer with his “I’m going” “I’m not going” and then ups and leaves (ala his compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo). His head’s in the right place, his heart is for his club and I for one am seeing a drastic improvement, already, for a player who did relatively nothing last season.

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