Manchester United fans and the media alike will be picking the club to pieces again after a shocking performance in Greece against average opposition on Tuesday night. Whatever you think about David Moyes’s tactics and selections, one thing is clear. These four players simply aren’t good enough for Manchester United.
Ashley Young – Like a headless chicken running around the pitch without any real idea of what he was supposed to be doing. In reality, his job may not be easy, but it is very straightforward. Stay wide, collect the ball. Get down the line. Get decent deliveries into the box. But I honestly can’t remember him doing it once on Tuesday. He’s never been good enough for Manchester United but seems to get back in the team based on the odd flukey long distance goal every 6 months or so. It is totally beyond us why Moyes keeps picking him.
Tom Cleverley – How does this guy get in the team? He talked of being a scapegoat for the bad results recently. But you have to do most of your talking on the pitch and Cleverley was as muted as ever on Tuesday. We often wonder whether Manchester United would be any worse off playing with ten men. Cleverley simply has to go.
Chris Smalling – Of all the terrible performances last night Smalling’s had to be the worst. He passed the ball straight to the opposition without even being under pressure. He fell over several times in dangerous positions. In general he symbolised the fear and listlessness of Manchester United. We at soccersweep used to be fans of his and he’s been played out of position a lot. But his footwork is getting worse by the week.
Antonio Valencia – What has happened to the guy who frightened the life out of defenders? Valencia was never the most skillful player but he used to do the job of a conventional winger well. He has fallen off the pace so badly that we can’t remember the last time he beat his man and got to the byline. When he does get there you can pretty much guarantee a bad delivery.
Manchester United fans – were these guys the biggest culprits on the park on Tuesday?
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