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Danny Ings for Euros?
at 09:52 5 Apr 2021

Before his most recent injury Ings was looking decidedly below par - sluggish and just looking very frustrated because little was working for him.

Yesterday, I thought he looked his old self. Working hard, smiling and with his ‘magic feet’ working again.

I’m wondering how many goals does he need to score in the last 9/10 games of the season to force himself back into a Euros place? He was a shoo in last year and it would be a shame if Covid denies him a chance to play in a big tournament.
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Putting a positive spin on things.
at 14:12 23 Feb 2021

The Club has just tweeted that we are 'top of the league' in terms of the percentage of our goals scored in the first half.



I'm not sure but I think that might be something to do with the lack of goals we are scoring the second half!



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Bedarek pen appeal
at 19:07 3 Feb 2021

Here is the rule:

"Where a player denies the opposing team a goal or an obvious goal-scoring opportunity by a handball offence the player is sent off wherever the offence occurs.

Where a player commits an offence against an opponent within their own penalty area which denies an opponent an obvious goal-scoring opportunity and the referee awards a penalty kick, the offending player is cautioned if the offence was an attempt to play the ball; in all other circumstances (e.g. holding, pulling, pushing, no possibility to play the ball etc.) the offending player must be sent off."


Second para applies. The difficult is that IF 'THE REFEREE AWARDS A PENALTY KICK' then the rule is really harsh - not attempting to the play the ball then 'must be' sent off. So it was either a pen and Bed off, or no pen. They may refuse to even look at the pen because the rule doesn't ask whether the pen was right or wrong, just whether it was awarded by the ref.


The first para is interesting. If you deny a goalscoring opportunity with your hand, you should also always be send off. So if the Matty Cash one was a pen, he should have gone too.

And his was a pen. The rule that says it mustn't come off your body, doesn't apply if your arm is making your body wider, as his was.







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Djenepo
at 17:23 3 Feb 2021

Just been forcing myself to watch the highlights back.

Utd's goals 1,2 & 4 all created by Luke Shaw, who Djenepo was marking. First one, he leaves him to double up on Rashford but falls flat on his arse. Second, Shaw gets past him. Third he steps off to let Shaw cross to Cavani.

I really try to see the positives about him - to try to understand why Ralph keeps picking him if nothing else - and he does seem to have a lot of energy and can get into position quickly when we don't have the ball.

But really he's just not at this level.

Stating the game with 2 near debutantes and Djenepo, we were on a hiding to nothing from the start.
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Minamino ?...
at 21:31 1 Feb 2021

...just what we're missing...it's mental enough to be true...
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Covid / Lockdown Scepticism
at 14:28 14 Jan 2021

There aren't too many Covid-deniers on here, but for those still attracted to such stuff, there's a pretty comprehensive demolition of the supposed arguments in favour here.



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