Match Of The Week 2: Manchester United 0-1 Leeds United

Ian

Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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5 Responses

  1. peter woodward says:

    we all love you leeds united.
    more goals please.
    to all at vital leeds.well done,dazza can not get back on help.
    saigon

  2. SimonSpur says:

    That. Was. Incredible.

    A million congratulations, Leeds fans. You and your team were fantastic today.

    Thank you for reminding us all why the FA Cup is so magic.

  3. Gervillian Swike says:

    Man United were appalling again today. They’ve rarely played well this season as you point out, tactically they’re all over the place, and they are increasingly relying on moments of individual “genius” from Rooney, whose headless chicken routine is looking more and more like a liability every game, no matter how much commentators want to kiss his ass. Leeds played well and thoroughy deserved their victory. Ferguson needs to face up to the real problems he has with the quality of his squad (both collectively and individually, and at both ends of the age scale) and with his own apparent inability to get the best out of his players within the framework of a team since Queiroz upped and left for the Portugal job.

    By the way, ITV must really be praying for an Arsenal equaliser – all that money lashed out, and the possibility that three of their biggest draws might not be around for the next five rounds! Great for the competition, not so good if you want to use that competition to get money from Go Compare (I think I’d rather watch Steven Gerrard’s miserable face in perpituity than see that advert again).

  4. Martin says:

    I’m sure the FA Cup was the top priority for Alex Ferguson and the Glazers’ bankers…

  5. Michael Wood says:

    Gerville said:
    “Ferguson needs to face up to the real problems he has with the quality of his squad (both collectively and individually, and at both ends of the age scale)”

    Surely if Leeds United beating Manchester United proves anything it is that the “quality” of the squad is not as important as newspapers and the likes would tell us it is. The best player in the Leeds United side would not be considered good enough to play in a Manchester United side but nevertheless they are victorious.

    The problems that Manchester United had were nothing to do with the quality of the players on show and everything to do with how those players were motivated. In football – on the whole – the team that wants to (or perhaps needs to) win more tends to win. Ferguson puts out a team with a few reserves in and the players get the impression that the game does not matter – a stark contrast to what must have been going on in the visiting dressing room – and so they lose.

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