i know. i was kidding RD.... but in all fairness - OT hasn't been a fortress for quite some time now - especially not the previous seasons... I would also like to ask some of those "we're better off without Ruud" posters a question. Performances with him in the team were most of the times scincilating, mesmerising ( especially that season when he first came overhere )just great displays overall. I'm saying most of the times because for the last couple of months with him in the team - we weren't playing as good as we can. He left - we won a league, people started saying that our incapability to win the league was most due to Ruud's presence, that he was slowing us down and stuff, forgeting that we had just lost both of our first choice midfielders(scholes,keano and even smith afterwards) so that maybe the main reason for our underperforming was down to lacking a good pair of playmakers. That's what playmakers are for= Play - making. So, as I said - he left we won the league and everything was great. But there is a different side of the story - he ALSO won a league, and was the TOP SCORER of his league. Furthermore - we won a league with the fewest number of points any team had won it in 4 years. Does that mean we would have won it had other teams continued working on the same standards they had set during the years ?If not - than what the hell Ruud's departure had to do with us winning it? I mean - if Ruud had gone a year before our performances of last season would have been forgotten considering we would have finished 2nd. And with this season almost over and we all agree that our performances haven't been as good as last season's I must ask you - are we really that good without Ruud ?Quality wise - we lack a true goalscorer-predator. And performances wise - 1 good season doesn't prove anything. coz it seems to me that this season has shown us too many west Hams,Cities,Pompies etc...You might wanna reconsider your answerRed Devil said:To understand this thread you have to look at the "way" United have been playing this season. Also you have to look at the fact that most United fans, especially those under 30, have been spoilt rotten by Fergie and his teams. Anything less than perfection is frowned upon.
United this season have, perfromance wise, been lacking BY PREVIOUS STANDARDS.
I too am disappointed by this season's levels of performance - we are no longer "invincible" at home; we do not perform at home. Our better performances are always away.
If United are THAT bad - it does not say a lot for the rest of the division, supposedly the best Div in the world!! But we are judging on top standards, maybe we should not, I don't know?