I was really disappointed in the result. It's crazy the amount of shit Van Gaal is taking in the media for the loss, but I don't think it's really his fault. No, they shouldn't be losing at home to Swansea, but Manchester United really just doesn't have that many quality players this year outside of their Rooney, RVP, and Mata. They lost their two best defenders, and the midfield has been beyond inconsistent since last year. It sucks saying this as a United fan but I try to be realistic. Unless they go out and sign a Di Maria, Hummels, Vidal, and/or Cuadrado, I don't see them making much of an impact this year.
Also, Barcelona is scary good. Having three of the top 10 goal scorers in the world playing together is just unfair
Post by bansheebeat on Aug 19, 2014 6:39:04 GMT -5
I don't really follow EPL so I can't comment too much. I just really don't like Rooney or Man U. for fairly arbitrary reasons.
La Liga is my league of choice, but I think it's going to fall back to being a battle between Real Madrid and Barca this year like so many past seasons. Atl Madrid may pull a surprise or two, but I'll reserve judgement until I see them in action tonight.
Mostly I'm excited for Champions League to really get underway. Should be a brilliant season.
Post by bansheebeat on Aug 24, 2014 19:51:23 GMT -5
Anyone catch the opening weekend? Malaga and Athletic was an utter joke, horrible officiating. Sevilla and Valencia was a pretty great game as well, very exciting. Barca looked great. Messi is back in form and Munir is going to be great.
What really stood out was the horrible officiating in most every game. It's somewhat expected in La Liga, but this was a whole new level.
Post by billybaroo on Aug 25, 2014 11:56:40 GMT -5
Balotelli to LFC makes me happy if only from a storyline perspective. Everton gave up 4 points in the 80-90 minute range their first 2 games. Not ideal. Wigan (my team) is in the English Championship and they only have 4 points from 4 matches. Considering they were one of the favorites to get promoted, sitting 18/24 in the table is not great.
What do you think of the people saying they should already sack Van Gaal?
Wasn't he almost sacked before Christmas at Bayern as well?
Give him a chance I suppose... my first thought was that the league was just a lot tougher this year (which is true) but losing 4-0 to a team 2 divisions below you (regardless of who MUFC started) is a bit ridiculous.
First off they scored in the 90th minute to send it to extra time. Then in the 119th minute Ludogoret's GK got a red. Ludogorets had already subbed 3 players, so CB Cosmin Moti went on goal. Managed to save a corner kick and sent it to penalties. Then proceeded to score his PK and save 2 giving them the win.
With Xabi leaving I expect hope for an even more impressive victory this time around.
Right they're in shambles with those other bums they have in midfield....
Hmm.. I missed the part where I said Xabi was their sole midfielder... Oh yeah, because I didn't. Alonso was a huge asset and it'll hurt to lose him regardless of who else they have. Now move along and let me hate Real in peace.