Manchester United suffered another setback last night, as this time they fell to the striking power of Newcastle at Sports Direct Arena (or St. James Park), leaving Manchester City clear on top of the table, and with the Blue half of Manchester looking more likely to lift the title at the end of the season, unless a miracle happens for the Red Devils. Newcastle kept attacking United throughout the game, leaving the Red Devils struggling most of the time, and it was no surprise to see Demba Ba score on the 33rd minute. Newcastle kept their lead till half-time, and 2 minutes in the second half, Cabaye curling a freekick past Lindegaard to double Newcastle’s lead. United were out of ideas as they failed to react, and instead, Jones scored an own goal in the dying minutes, as he headed Krul’s freekick into his own net.
After losing 2-3 to Blackburn last weekend, this is yet another low performance for the Red Devils, and questions are being raised by many fans already on the tactics being adopted by Sir Alex, like for example playing Valencia at right back, when Rafael is available again, or his reluctance to buy a quality midfielder to sort out the midfield problem as well. To be honest, even I think the time is nearly there for Sir Alex to lift his arms up and call it a day. So far, teams reigning in Europe have rather young managers, like Mourinho, Guardiola and others; yes Sir Alex has helped us win many trophies since he took over, but times are changing, and if he cannot adapt himself to the requirements of modern football, then it’s better he leaves with his head held high, or else face a nasty surprise this season or next season.