So, after slapping a post-Mourinho Chelsea in the face with a 2-0 win in the Premiership, Manchester United get sent to Coventry, literally, with a 2-0 loss to the Championship team. Watch the video replay on Youtube.
The thing about Man U is that they can be so magnificent, as winning the Treble has proven, yet they can be cocky right after a triumph to the point where you expect them to come crashing to the ground, which just happened again. Never fear, they will pick themselves up again, but Coventry fans certainly had a night to remember. Meanwhile, Chelsea at least got back on the scoreboards with a 4-0 win.
Is Alex Ferguson’s decision to field younger players in the Carling Cup to blame? After all, Arsene Wenger did the same thing and beat a Premiership team, Newcastle, also by 2-0. He did field ‘seniors’ who featured more regularly from the first team, such as the 24-year old Emmanuel Eboue.
However, Man U still want the last laugh as they’re opposing the dispensation offered to new Chelsea coach Avram Grant, so that he can no longer coach Chelsea.
Is old man Ferguson thinking properly? Why not LEAVE Avram Grant there so that Chelsea is stuck with a mediocre coach. With his defensive tactics, fans will be bored and players will be disillusioned and leave. So kip yer muth shuut, let ’em haf ‘im.
Oh well. If Man U do have their way, maybe Grant can join Spurs. Bwahahahar. Over at Liverpool, Rafa Benitez can continue NOT fielding Fernando Torres regularly, we don’t know for the love of football why. Maybe it’s just a phase some managers go through. At least Portsmouth’s Harry Redknapp is jealous of Arsene Wenger.
A final word from dear Cesc Fabregas on Thierry Henry:
“Henry intimidated us, … He is a great player but it was not easy to play alongside him… We were a bit inhibited by him – dependent on everything he wanted to do and his demands. Now it is different.”
No player is bigger than the team, not even Henry. He has yet to get into the swing of things at Barcelona.