Sack Fergie, sell Giggs and, what the heck, sign Philippe Senderos
Everton 3-3 Manchester Utd: Observations (pessimists and knee-jerkers beware)
Well nobody saw that coming. And, of course, whenever things become as dramatic as it was in this instance, emotions run high. One wants to find reasoning behind bizarre and crazy events like these – so when a team concedes two goals in the matter of minutes what, or whom, can you blame it on?
Maybe you could put the blame on Sir Alex Ferguson – the ‘loony’ tinkerman on the touchline that chews gum incessantly and drops his star player in Wayne Rooney, a decision that ‘ultimately’ decided the match. Get a grip. At 3-1, United were comfortable and looking good without the services of their absent talisman. They scored three times and were sitting pretty after 89 minutes let’s not forget. Before the game had gotten underway, my honest opinion was that Rooney should have played, but as the game progressed, it was obvious that the visitors were fine and did not require his services. Even when I was able to grasp reality after those horrid (no hyperbole) events, it was not the Rooney decision that decided the outcome.
When I say it was ‘obvious that the visitors were fine without…’, I mean to some, not all unfortunately. The knee-jerkers were out in full force, some you couldn’t blame considering the manner in which events unfolded but others you’d rather not engage in a debate with. The logical reasoning as to why United conceded two in that frantic period of play was not because they were without their star performer, nor was it that the squad was too old (average age 30.7, if you’re asking) but because United had, admittedly, allowed a little complacency into their game as the match had petered on and that Everton displayed heroic urgency, especially when Tim Cahill scored what looked a consolation to make it 2-3. A couple of minutes had changed the game. Yes, no one individual to blame. If you tend to point the finger, point it at the team as a whole. Yes, United threw it away but it’s not Fergie’s fault nor is because the team supposedly made up of pensioners. That argument is nothing more than an adequate smokescreen.
The Goodison is no easy place to come, and the 3-1 lead at the 90 minute-mark was deserved up to an extent. Berbatov, in the absence of Rooney, particularly flourished and scored what looked like the winner on the 66th. Nemanja Vidic played the true captain role, scoring a crucial goal shortly after half time and Nani was excellent in the sense that he created the first two goals.
However, Everton were utterly dominant in the first half hour, and broke the deadlock with the run of play via Steven Pienaar. At one point, they had 79% possession. United recovered and staged a spirited, gutsy comeback; yet that was put into shade by Everton’s monumental effort in the 90. How to solve our problems? Sign Phillippe Senderos.