• I’m writing this little blurb before the Manchester United-Manchester City Carling Cup game was postponed today.
If I have to read–nay, be subjected to–one more piece rehashing the vindication of Leeds or another sensationalized headline of Jermaine Beckford being transferred to Mars….well…my point here is different and it has to do with moving furniture.
My expectation is that Manchester United should they have battled away at Manchester City today in the Carling Cup match, would have won 2-1 or 2-0….and not because Fergie threatened them or they are embarrassed about getting bounced in the FA Cup.
Now, I may be wholly wrong, but I’m sure everyone here has moved furniture at some time…maybe up a few flights of stairs? Let me introduce you to the “Moving Furniture Effect” of seasonal soccer.
You take up a big dresser up and then maybe you take some pillows. You take a box of books then you take some towels. You look at the annoyingly cumbersome TV stand and you keep avoiding it. There’s also that massive couch lurking in the corner, but that’s going last.
So you say, okay, let me get that TV stand out of the way first. You bang the TV stand against the walls, maybe you drop it a few times and it breaks a little, then you go downstairs and have some Sunny D before you carry up up the massive couch.
Well for Man United that TV stand was Leeds– they didn’t want to carry it up the stairs though it wasn’t hard and they ended up breaking the thing. The couch a Champion’s League game.
You can’t–and NBA Lakers coach Phil Jackson is a professor of this as is Chris Carmichael who trains Lance Armstrong–you can’t stay “up” at peak performance for all games of a season or stages of a race. Your body (and collectively a team) accepts a normal ebb and flow to their intensity and performance level. The prospect of moving the TV stand is not a daunting one, but I can’t rally behind it like the satisfaction of getting that couch up there. (Some may suggest the youngster–Obertan, Gibson, etc.–should have carried the game, but that’s hard when vets like Rooney and Neville–my goodness Neville–are playing so listlessly.)
The ebb and flow of moving and game play is natural.
So I just hate hearing about how Sir Alex Ferguson is losing it or the Red Devils have fallen from their lofty perch. Ain’t the case…it’s true they’ve lost some talent in Ronaldo. They’re a shade under their performance of the past few years…and a larger haircut from a few year’s back when the midfield was patrolled by Giggs, Scholes, Keane and Beckham. (By the way, does Elder Giggs, Fletcher, Carrick, Valencia have the same ring? Think not.)
That being said, they’re still the class of the class. Today, they now get to rest up for some more moving.
Does Stu Holden head to Bolton now? I’m attempting to kick myself in my *ss with my heel this morning. Why didn’t I question why Stu Holden would turn down a guaranteed MLS contract and not have a guaranteed EPL contract waiting and risk injury. It sounded fishy and I just glossed over it.
Can Stu Holden not get a contract from an EPL team or worse a team (Aberdeen) in a lower division? I don’t think that’s the case; I’ve seen his game.
Must have been–and I might be kicking myself again tomorrow–the tenuous position that Owen Coyles was and is in. Sorry TSG community–I’ll step it up. Consider my first review of Holden’s Burnley move–albeit over leftover egg nog–my Leeds.