After making most United fans dream of a new start, Ryan Giggs suffered his first setback at the head of Manchester United earlier today, as the Red Devils were disillusioned by a resilient Sunderland side, fighting to stay in the Premier League as the season comes to an end, while United may also have lost the opportunity to qualify at least in the Europa League, given 2 crucial conditions whereby the 7th spot team becomes eligible: only if Arsenal win the FA Cup final and finish outside of the top 4, but the latter condition will not be fulfilled at any cost, as Everton have lost against Man City as well, leaving them 4 points behind Arsenal, and 1 game to play. Some may say the Europa League is not a worthy trophy, but in my opinion every silverware counts for a team and its manager’s reputation.
United had to bow down to the mighty display of the Black Cats on a 0-1 scoreline, courtesy of Larsson on the 30th minute to seal an important win for Gus Poyet’s side, but it is no shame to say that they thoroughly deserved this win, being denied twice by the woodwork in the second half, while United just felt “flat”, never posed any real threat when going forward and even the return of RvP did little to change the outcome of the game. With the name of Van Gaal being brought on by the media as the next United manager, let’s hope he does some clearing out first should he join the team. Today, players like Carrick, Fletcher, Young, Nani and Chicharito come to mind for those who need to be shown the door, while Vidic has already taken an escape route to Inter Milan. These players were a complete waste, without any positive influence on the game at all. Fletcher and Carrick wasted many passes/crosses and looked slow, while Nani and Young failed to deliver the goods from the wings, likewise for Mata, holed up behind Chicharito but not really linking up with the latter as they should, but he’s just joined the team and I don’t think any manager will show him the door already 🙂
Giggs clearly showed his lack of experience for such a crucial game, but he cannot be blamed for all the poor runs made so far by the squad, and as an interim manager he’s still learning the ropes. The wise men will indeed say it’s a very good choice to appoint Van Gaal should all parties reach to a happy conclusion in the coming days, and hopefully the team will find a greater stability when fresh blood are brought in to indeed end SAF’s era and start a fresh one.
Today’s match was so “flat”, that even SAF seemed to have slept out some part of it 😆