Villa 3 -1 Manure; Have it! and the ghost is exorcised

I’ve been saying for ages, probably along with many others, that Man Utd are really not a good team.
And today, if you’d taken the club colours away, you’d have thought that we were Man U.

We just looked a different side than we have previously this season under any Gerrard game and I’m now 100% convinced that the players had downed tools under Gerrard. That’s not a good indicator of the player’s character really, but I suppose it’s always going to be a big ask to work flat out for someone you don’t rate.

Was this a new manager bounce? I’m not convinced it was.

The players were just freed to play with more freedom and you could see it.
Which is a coincidence, because Luiz did an interview recently, where he thought Gerrard played too negatively and shackled the players. Or at least that’s what was insinuated.

Our play was excellent off the ball and we seemed to have a lot more movement.
We passed back far too much early on, but that seemed to ease as the game went on. Was it because we went two up or because they were instructed to stop it? I’m not sure, but certainly Emery was more animated and I’d like to think the players appreciated being told what to do.
We still passed back at times, but it was more when it was necessary, than just for the seemingly absolute fun of it.

Were we particularly good or were Man U particularly bad is the question and I think it was some of both, but more 65-35 in our favour.
Everybody and I mean that, played well overall.
Buendia was the only player who caught my eye for a possible slating, but it was more about things not working for him, as his passing was more often than not, poor. His workrate, thinking and desire was faultless.

Ramsey was superb, as much as I don’t like to encourage him in thinking he’s the full package, but his attacking play was again everything you expect from him.

And dare I say, Mings was excellent? See, I can say it if I think he deserves it 🙂

The whole defence did well overall, but I can’t say I saw much from Cash and Digne (his goal apart).
I believe Emery likes his Full/wingbacks so it’ll be interesting to see how he sees them.
If I’m looking at them from an attacking pov, I’m not sure Cash will last long, as much as I like him.
I’m not convinced Digne will either, as much as he’s more attacker than defender.

Otherwise, I think we just looked more organised and it seemed we actually had a much more fluid formation. Ramsey started off wide right, but soon came more inside, from what I could see. My SIL and the grandkids are coming round for dinner, so I’ll ask them about that.

Whatever, whereas everything normally goes in Utd’s favour, so today it didn’t in the slightest really and they just looked very, very normal.

Their seeming invincibility against us looked gone.
Long may it last.

The main takeaway from the game?
Unai must be wondering why we’re where we are in the table.

That’s easy mate; Gerrard is the answer.

Meanwhile, we’re up to 13th and wow, that just feels so much better.



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  1. Bum Bum
    Bum Bum November 10, 2022 at 8:24 am . Reply

    …chomping at the bit…sigh…

  2. Texas Villan
    Texas Villan November 10, 2022 at 2:23 pm . Reply

    Is anyone tracking the MON book release and series of articles out on B’ham mail? I remember the day he was announced as our manager and had the broadest smile all day and loved that period with him, but like many the way he left devastated us as a club and sent us into a tail spin.

    It’s interesting to hear his side of the story for sure – but what really irked me today was reading that when Matt Kendrick tried to pin him down for an apology when he was at Sunderland, he stormed off and they hadn’t spoken since – yet they’ve reunited now that MON needs Matt’s voice to spread the news about his book. The arrogance is just off the charts.

    1. RSS
      RSS November 10, 2022 at 2:46 pm . Reply

      He’s on the Claret & Blue Texas…

    2. Ardent Villain
      Ardent Villain November 10, 2022 at 4:08 pm . Reply

      Agree entirely.
      The other interesting point in those articles on B’ham Live is the reminder that while MON bought some good players during his time at VP, he also wasted a shed-load of Lerner’s money on some real dross signings.
      Overall, I remember his spell here as being exciting, but the manner of his departure still galls me to this day. He could have been a legend.

  3. Bum Bum
    Bum Bum November 10, 2022 at 4:08 pm . Reply

    Dendonker of the plane to Qatar. Bah! 🤣

    1. Ardent Villain
      Ardent Villain November 10, 2022 at 4:11 pm . Reply

      While I’m glad we won’t lose Mings, I do feel a bit sorry for him; can’t imagine how that donkey Maguire is still being picked for the WC when he can’t even get a regular game for ManUre – and is usually hopeless when he does.

      1. RSS
        RSS November 10, 2022 at 4:21 pm . Reply

        Any home end singing “Your worse than Maguire!”
        That’d too much for anyone.

  4. Bum Bum
    Bum Bum November 10, 2022 at 6:21 pm . Reply

    So, tonight’s game???

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