At the start of the 2012/13 season teams and players begin with hope and expectations and I thought it would be interesting to review the players who least met expectations this season.
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You may have seen over the weekend that four Manchester United players were voted into the PFA Team of the Year.
Two of the four – Robin van Persie and Michael Carrick – were obvious picks.
This season Manchester United have proved several things.
The first thing is that you need top class cover in every single position to win the league, and we have it.
Do not adjust your set when you watch the game this week. It's not that the picture has frozen or that the slow motion switch was pressed when you say on the remote- it’s Dimitar Berbatov.
Mr Slow returns to Old Trafford to demonstrate his languid class as part of a rebuilt Fulham team that has taken a huge step backwards since they became a feeder club for Spurs.
With half of the season gone, the post Christmas period for many is simply the start of a brand new year, a fresh start perhaps. But for football supporters, only one phrase matters: the transfer window.
Opinions within the game are mixed on its effect; with some feeling the signing of a new player will disrupt the flow of a team on the top of their game.
Manchester United move 3 points clear of an unenergetic Manchester City as the season moves into December with the Derby arriving to give us a chance to open a 6 point gap before Christmas.
Although that's the truth there won't be many United fans reading the above statement with any confidence at all.
This weekend was the Formula One Grand Prix in Austin, Texas. This was the first time the race was run in the US since 2007 and I was there, watching Lewis Hamilton win a race full of drama and excitement.
The preparation, meticulous planning and then flawless execution is what it takes to win in this sport. The best teams leave nothing to chance, except chance itself. Luck is the only variable.
SC Braga arrived at Old Trafford last night undefeated in their 5 previous European clashes with English clubs, so everybody knew an under-strength Manchester United were in for a tough test against their Portuguese Champions League rivals.
However I doubt anybody expected the Red Devils to be 2-0 down within 20 minutes!
My recent assessments of Manchester United's games seem to have settled into a consistent pattern of - bad start, deteriorates into a fiasco by halftime, presumably a roasting with the hair dryer with the cuppa followed by a recovery concluding with post match report about the Referee, time keeping or penalty appeals.
Wigan, Spurs, Southampton, Galatasary - different teams but same modus operandi. Why?
So Manchester United beat Liverpool at Anfield despite not playing well, both sets of fans behave dignified, Robin van Persie bags the winner from the spot and Manchester City drop points at home to Arsenal. You could say it was almost the perfect day.
Last week I criticized David De Gea for his over confidence with the ball at his feet and his erratic, almost panicked, punching towards the penalty spot together with being at fault for Fulham's second goal.
So Manchester United get a 3-2 win against Southampton. Again! A bad game by United. No denying that. Let us have a look at some finer points of the match:
1) United were second best for good periods of the game: This win shouldn’t make them forget this. Saints were very good today. United showed their pedigree by coming from behind for the millionth time and sneaked an undeserved win.