What I can't understand is that how a goalie who is voted the best by the players one year becomes "the worst the next". You don't think that Ferdinand's suspension last year had anything to do with it. I do..their defense was subpar. Every goalie makes a mistake! But when he does make a mistake you don't take him out. Either you believe in him or you don't. If you think he is good..let him play until his game has serious flaws. Any goalie who goes thru what Howard and Carrol are going thru will loose their confidence. Now they are thinking of not making a mistake and when they do that they make mistakes.
the voting was done a christmas time, that only covers a few months.
anybody can have a purple patch, you keep going on like he only made one mistake when even fact he makes several mistakes and mis judgements a game! he is constantly twitching and blinking.
I dont think Rio's ban helped him much, but his mistakes where playground errors. And dont forget he made these mistakes with Rio in the team aswell.
here is interesting stats I found in the Utd forum.
Player Club Saves to Shots Ratio
1 Cech Chelsea 83.3%
2 Kiraly Crystal Palace 82.9%
3 Carroll Manchester United 80.0%
4 Taylor Birmingham City 78.4%
5 Sorensen Aston Villa 78.3%
6 James Manchester City 77.6%
7 Dudek Liverpool 75.0%
8 Hislop Portsmouth 75.0%
9 Martyn Everton 74.4%
10 Niemi Southampton 72.0%
11 Green Norwich City 71.2%
12 Schwarzer Middlesbrough 69.8%
13 Jaaskelainen Bolton Wanderers 69.8%
14 Speroni Crystal Palace 69.0%
15 Friedel Blackburn Rovers 64.9%
16 Robinson Tottenham Hotspur 64.4%
17 Van der Sar Fulham 64.2%
18 Kiely Charlton Athletic 63.8%
19 Lehmann Arsenal 63.0%
20 Given Newcastle United 62.1%
21 Hoult West Bromwich Albion 60.3%
22 Howard Manchester United 58.3%
23 Kirkland Liverpool 50.0%
ManU has allowed only 9 more goals than Chelsea has. Do you blame that on the goalie or on the team? If Howard or Carrol were the goalies for Chelsea there would be no difference in the rankings. And if Cech makes a few mistakes and than is sat down when he comes back he is not the same.
nonesense, Cech is a world class goalkeeper ... one of the best in the world. and Cech has not made any blunders this season!
My cousin and and I watching the WBA/ManU game and when Earnshaw scored the penalty we both said that Fergie will make subsitutions and I said "watch he'll change 3 players all at once". Sure enough! In an important game he starts Smith..a rugby player instead of Rooney. Rooney is their only scoring threat. Scholes is on the bench...their play maker is sitting. Every game the team is changed with 4 or 5 players. You don't start your bench players and bring on your better players when you are down. You start with your best team,,get a lead, and then rest a few good players. They can't score because every game it's a new team. What made the 1954 Magyars great is that they all played together all the time!
I strongly agree, but this game didnt mean anything. So it dont matter.
ManU is low on money as their revenues are down significantly. He needs to find new players for Keane, Scholes, and Giggs as their are aging. He only has 20 million to play with and his problem is the offense not the goalie.
revenues are down, but they still are the richest club in the world.
if Fergie wants a player im no doubt he can get it.
and your wrong, every fan, every pundit says Man Utd need a goalkeeper.
OK so he was knighted for his past accomplishements. Seems to me the main culprit in ManU's demise is Fergie..why doesn't anyone blame him?
I blame him for signing Howard
how many goals did Saha and Ruud get last season?
take out them goals this season and I amazed at why people wonder why Man Utd struggle to score goals!
now take out Giggs, and add Rio's ban and Ronaldo and Heinze playing in the olympics.
Utd are no where near full strength this season... there is no demise, just
From the highlights in the past few week Nemeth Szilard seems to be the best player.4 goals in the last two games and he hit the crossbar in the last game and set up one goal with a beautiful pass. Is he a bona fide Hungarian or Romanian citizen?
neither, he is Slovak.