Man Utd Away: Player Ratings

I wrote in the pre-match that we needed a strong referee. A forlorn hope at Old Trafford.


Moaninho is nothing if not pragmatic and he knows his football history. Under SAF when United were under threat of defeat they took advantage of lilly-livered refereeing and started to maim the opposition. This was a tactic. Shit-housery everywhere; rotational fouling, underhand violence, shirt tugging, hair pulling, leaving a boot in after a sliding tackle – anything was acceptable. Last night we saw it again.

Holding smashed out of the game in a horribly late tackle by Rashford which was not even punished. Ramsey crocked, Terrier kicked repeatedly, Curly the subject of a red card tackle and then having his hair pulled by Fellaini. The list is very long. Oh and an offside goal given to Utd. Quelle surprise. Marriner was pathetic – only Mike Dean could have been worse.


Yet despite this shocking show of both weak refereeing and violent tactics, I feel disappointed that we dropped two points.  We were the better side throughout and with clinical finishing would have won comfortably.

Player Ratings:

Leno: Two mistakes cost us dearly.  6

Bellerin. As ever an energetic display, Even got stuck in a couple of times   7

Mustafi. Soild. Scored.   8

Sokratis. Not one to shirk away from a challenge   8

Kolasinac. So much better in attack than in defence.  Created many chances. 7

Holding. Was doing well until kicked out of the game. Hope he is not too crocked.   8

Terrier. Must be used to this type of game in Uruguay. Our Duracell bunny   8

Douzi. Amazing maturity for a teenager. Never shirked   8

Ramsey,  He was superb before being kicked out the game   8

Iwobi.  Not really his sort of game.   6

Auba.  Had chances, didn’t put them away.   6


Licht. A game made for our master of the dark arts.   7

Laca. Scored (of course he did).  Energetic   7

Mhiki. Missed a sitter.  6

written by BR.


19 Responses to Man Utd Away: Player Ratings

  1. RA says:

    Totally agree with that, BR.

    Shockingly poor refereeing and disappointing slip ups from the Lino.

    It always gets me that whoever is the ex-professional footballer assisting the commentator [well that means 99% of them are biased ex-Pool players] have different versions of the ‘rules’ — which means they have only a passing knowledge of the Laws of the Game.

    Take the case where, last season, Lacazette scored in a home game and the self same Macmanaman sneered, after numerous slo-mo video replays, that at leas half a toe of Laca’s boot was offside – and the goal should have been ruled out.

    Then last night half a body, including the head and arm of a Manure player was offside leading up to a soft goal, but this was dismissed by idiot Macca as being ‘OK” – and “you can’t blame the Assistant Ref – he couldn’t be expected to see that”. Utter bollocks.

  2. Big Raddy says:

    RA. As you so rightly say “utter bollocks”.

  3. GunnerN5 says:

    Thanks Raddy,

    Shocking refereeing and typical of our treatment at the Old Trafford shit hole. Sir Alex was there grinning like a Cheshire Cat – his tactics personified.

    I really enjoy watching Emery out think the opposing managers, he is somewhat of a genius. When a 100% AW advocate like myself thinks the new manager is fantastic it speaks a volume.

    Lets hope that the Man U skullduggery has not maimed any of our players, especially Ramsey as he has re-ignited his career.

    But still, as I said yesterday – a very satisfying result – even though we were cheated out of the win. Why do i say that – well their foul tactics fell short and we escaped with a point…………..

  4. LBG says:

    Nothing more than one could expect from biased and brainless idiots like McManaman but why is Marriner’s performance not challenge by the media, and shouldn’t he be obliged to justify some of the decisions.

  5. GunnerN5 says:

    I muted the commentary after the first 10 minutes – it was completely nauseating!! I think they must digest a Man U encyclopedia before the game.

  6. GunnerN5 says:

    LBG – They justify themselves by gloating over the result!

  7. fred1266 says:

    Should we really blame Leno for the 2nd goal

    Also is it time to give cech another chance

  8. Gööner In Exile says:

    Fred I find it hard to criticise Leno for either goal to be honest, yes you could argue that he could have pushed it further away from danger or tipped it rather than parry it, but as De Gea proved overthink it as a goalkeeper and you end up spooning one in. After he fisted away look at the defence, no one tuned from the wall to go to the ball, and were all very late in getting to the ball, also the way allowed themselves to be pushed over, why not just stand behind the Man United players, there is nothing to say you have to be 10 yds away so be sensible!

    The second goal was on Kolasinac and Sokratis so I would slightly mark down Sokratis, he could have not comitted, which would have meant both he and Kola could have sorted the situation, Kola’s touch was not good enough and left Leno in no mans land.

    Don’t knock the lads confidence by dropping, he is far too important with ball at feet to consider bringing Cech in.

  9. fred1266 says:

    Don’t think dropping him knock his confidence but hopefully make him know he can’t be making such simple mistakes aka spurs first goal

    He hasn’t kept a single clean sheet in any of his games and a bit concerned at least cech had one

    Hopefully Koscielny back for weekend and solidify the defence

  10. LBG says:

    Don’t agree with you at all Fred. EVERY goalkeeper makes mistakes. Reference Manure,Chelsea and probably several others if it was interesting enough to watch, this weekend.
    First goal was Marriners fault for giving a free kick for a triple back somersault with twist worthy of gold!

  11. Big Raddy says:

    We must bow to the greater knowledge of GIE, our goalkeeping expert … BUT

    I think Leno should have caught the first, Seaman would, and he was slow coming out for the second. When in doubt clean out the defender and clear the ball.

    We have two fine GK’s and I would play Helmet on the w/e

  12. LB says:

    Thanks for the read BR

    Been out riding up steep hills — great fun.

  13. chas says:

    Cheers, BR.
    I almost turned off completely at half time I was so disgusted with the kicking we were getting.
    Such a shame we couldn’t hold on to that second lead for longer than a minute or we couldnt have taken some of those easy chances. They deserved nothing from that match.
    Still feels like two points dropped, though, as everyone says, if we’d been offered 7 points from Bournemouth away, spuds home and mancs away, we’d have taken it gladly.

  14. Red Arnie says:

    Thank you, Raddy. 🙂

    It is not a nice feeling when you see the good guys putting up an excellent fight against an opposition keen only on violence and the dark arts, and in the end, with no protection from the officials, you feel glad that they escaped with their lives and a point. Very depressing that a point seems to be unfair yet something you would be glad to accept to reduce suffering. Very sad.

    That apart, we were the better team and the only team intending to play the game in the right spirit. We could have been a bit better in front of goal and at the back, but that is no major criticism. We fought hard, and that was good to see. Despite the violence and trickery, ManUre defended well I thought, which is not surprising for a Maureen mercenary gang. We have seen this before.

    20 and counting. Onwards and upwards!

  15. chas says:

  16. chas says:

  17. chas says:

  18. fred1266 says:

    Unai Emery has suggested Matteo Guendouzi should go for a trim in reaction to Marouane Fellaini pulling the Arsenal midfielder’s hair on Wednesday.

    Manchester United’s Fellaini used an unorthodox method to stop his opponent in the 2-2 draw, tugging him back by his long hair during the second half at Old Trafford.

    Referee Andre Marriner saw the incident and opted against showing a card to the Belgium international, meaning he will not face any retrospective action.

    Emery is happy to move on after the incident but did jokingly propose his player should follow Fellaini – who recently shaved off his hair – by going shorter on top.

    “I think the best thing for the next match is for Matteo to cut his hair, and this problem is finished, like Fellaini did!” Arsenal’s boss told the media.

    The Spaniard added: “When I was a player it was the same. Today, with the cameras, all the situations happening in the 90 minutes can be seen.

    “Some questions are, for me, between the players on the pitch. If it’s not a good action they can receive a card. On the pitch, the situation happened and it’s between the players.”

    View image on Twitter

    Arsenal FC


    Back on the grind

    6:19 AM – Dec 6, 2018
    468 people are talking about this
    Twitter Ads info and privacy
    On a more serious matter, Emery expects a tough test for the Gunners – who are on a 20-game unbeaten run in all competitions – against Huddersfield Town at Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

    He also called on the Arsenal supporters to back the team again after they played their part in inspiring the fightback against Tottenham in a see-saw north London derby last Sunday.

    “It’s a team that is very well organised. They played in Bournemouth, they lost but played well,” Emery said.

    “They won [at Wolves] and every team has good players and organisation here in the Premier League.

    “We need the same spirit as on Sunday. Every supporter needs to feel that with us, and push like they pushed against Tottenham. The draw yesterday is only good if we win against Huddersfield.”

  19. chas says:


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: