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Ed's not getting too worked up just yet:
Let's just all take a deep breath. Exhale slowly. Now let's take a cool, measured, unbiased look at it.
Manchester United pretty much stinks right now.
They're awful. Losing to the MK Dons? I mean, the Don's may be promoted next year . . . . to the Championship Division. I realize United had a second team lineup out there, featuring such no names as Chicharito, Cleverly, Kagawa and Welbeck. And the BPL keeper of the year De Gea. And yet they still got absolutely poinded by the seventh place team in League One. Ouch.
It's fascinating that Louis Van Gaal has brought this team to a low even David Moyes never reached. Let's be fair to LvG -- had Moyes done what he's just done there may have been riots in Manchester. Three games against poor competition and no wins to show for it. Plus they look very much like they don't know what they're doing. Some questions may be asked:
1. Was changing the system really what was needed at United? Or was it merely the players. Is both achievable?
2. International Soccer is completely different from the Club game as it is tactically so much simpler. Just because the 3/5/3 worked in the World Cup doesn't mean it will work in the BPL. And did it really work? The Dutch were an immensely talented team but they really only scored when Arjen Robben scored. And he pretty much scores in any system.
3. Should tactical changes be made before personnel to match it arrives? The BPL is to good to spot the first three months of the season to the competition. Last I checked fourth place was three places away from last years team. This year it could be worse.
4. Does the pre-season mean anything? United won the Guinness Cup and looked good doing so. These guys are outplayed for long stretches by teams with inferior talent.
I know, it's early. And they could turn it around. And what's three months if the next five years are terrific. But hey, every time is becoming squeaky bum time for United.
Plus they're just tough to watch.
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On the other end of the table -- and I mean the completely other end -- is a plucky Spurs team that dominated its weekend match against Uncle Harry's new squad, QPR. The game was never close. Uncle Harry just decided to put together the old 3/5/3 as well, and again it is showed a complete train wreck against a Spurs team that is looked simply dangerous. Harry's always gotten the snub for not being a tactics guy -- a truly unfair criticism if there ever was one considering his near unparalleled success at Spurs. That said, QPR had no idea what they were doing until they changed back to the 4/4/2.
The most positive points about Spurs are: