Do you feel bad for this team which has so much history. Will they ever win the league again in this lifetime? To throw away a lead like this so early in the season
Chokers? Nah, Gerrard, Torres, Carragher, Mascherano, Riera, Skrtel, Keane, Kuyt, Alonso etc don't strike me as people who are mentally weak who can't handle a bit pressure. Plenty of the squad have been captains of their national teams or other clubs so it's not an inexperienced squad who would choke in January nevermind May, when the pressure has been really on with everything on the line over two legs in the Champions League the team hasn't bottled it often.
It's a mixture of Benitez being too cautious settling for draws with weaker teams that Man Utd usually steamroll through comfortably by just attacking them for 90 minutes (though United do have superior attacking players) and the wide areas are not good enough to win the league, which is down to the players Benitez has bought and his substitutions haven't really helped in recent games trying to defend leads then conceding late on. The team was lucky to get itself into such a good position early on. Liverpool are one of the hardest teams to beat under Benitez which is good in Europe over a two leg format with away goals and drawing can be often seen as a good result but in a league format we just draw too many games to win it under him. Drawing at home to Stoke, Hull, West Ham, Fulham and Everton is a big disadvantage throwing those kind of points away consistently.