Saturday Commentary: Manchester 2, Bolton 0

Bolton nearing defeat at Manchester United. The dawning of the Tim Ream eta?

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  1. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2012/01/14 at 11:34 AM

    Nice angled and weighted throughball by Donovan for Everton’s goal – albeit against the run of play.

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  2. Posted by BernieBernier on 2012/01/14 at 4:32 PM

    Off-topic question:

    I saw that Gatt played LB in the intrasquad US scrimmage the other day. Given Gatt’s skillset (or potential skill set) it seems like he has to play either RB or RF (basically not MF) is we stick with the 4-3-3 we saw most of the time under Kinsi. Is that an accurate read of the formation? I typically see 4-3-3 as linker creator destroyer but really haven’t seen it as two wings and a CM but not sure.

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    • Posted by dth on 2012/01/14 at 5:04 PM

      Thought he played RB. But yes, you’re right–in a 4-3-3 he’ll most likely be a RF, which is his best realistic position.*

      * if he’d trained since 13 or so as a RB, I think he’d be an excellent one. Probably too late now though.

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  3. Posted by dth on 2012/01/15 at 8:05 PM

    Highlights from the U-23/MNT scrimmage (nasty, nasty assist from Mix):

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  4. Posted by Union on 2012/01/16 at 11:58 AM

    On the U-23 stuff, whats the story with the Carson camp? Is it kind of like the senior team, January camp, in that European players are w/ their clubs (Boyd, Gyau, Brooks, etc.)?

    Point being, I don’t think Gyau or Boyd were part of the scrimmage against the senior team (certainly not Gyau who got minutes with Hoffenheim’s first team in a scrimmage over the weekend).

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    • Posted by Union on 2012/01/16 at 8:41 PM

      Anyone?

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    • Posted by dth on 2012/01/16 at 10:56 PM

      Yes, that’s generally the case.

      It makes sense for a number of reasons–availability for this camp, and more importantly availability for qualifying.

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      • Posted by Union on 2012/01/17 at 10:17 AM

        Thanks, I assumed as such. Certainly makes sense, just haven’t seen much in the reporting on the scrimmage that notes that U-23 didn’t have its two best players. (or at least, the players who were most impressive during Dec. camp).

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  5. Posted by Crow on 2012/01/16 at 6:44 PM

    Do the writers for goal.com receive compensation? Here is just the latest example of excellent journalism going on at that fine website:

    Donovan peaks against Villa

    The Glaxay star had a rough game on Wednesday at Tottenham but was much better over the weekend in Birmingham against Aston Villa. First, against Spurs, the midfielder was issued a yellow card just before the end of the first half for his aggressive tackle on Assou-Ekotto. Despite completing 30 passes, Donovan could only muster one lofty shot from distance and conceded his fair share of free-kicks. The Toffees fell 2-0.

    On Saturday, the crafty player excelled, completing 32 passes while winning three free-kicks. He really did a nice job of setting up several goal-scoring opportunities at the effort finally paid off in the 69th minute when he fed Victor Anichebe for the game-tying score.

    I love the grammar and spelling mistakes, but the writing style is top class. I just imagine the BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE guy reading this on a sports report.

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    • Posted by Martin on 2012/01/16 at 7:29 PM

      Gramer and speling mistakes are prety mcuh par for the corse with Goal.com. and many other sites of even higher quality.

      On the other hand I see no reason to mention them here.

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      • Posted by Antonio H. on 2012/01/16 at 8:45 PM

        I agree with Martin for once :p

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      • Posted by crow on 2012/01/17 at 3:58 PM

        Sigh…. Just trying to provide some comic relief. Especially because all of the criticism this site receives for spelling errors.

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