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16 conclusions to the fourth round of the FA Cup



1) It sounds a bit unfair to put it that way, but it should never be that way. Manchester United have appointed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as their interim manager until the end of the season, believing him to be the perfect man to bring a smile to fans and players. The idea was that the results would automatically adapt to the changing mood, but they were almost of secondary importance.

Since 2018/19 was almost a depreciation given the gap to the top four, Solskjaer would exempt the club from Jose Mourinho Nebula He would then step aside and allow the club's long-term decision to intervene, whoever that would be like.

But the officials in charge of Solskjaer have made Ed Woodward think, because no one saw that defeat in the Premier League could be seen in retrospect as a mere expectation, but Mourinho barely made it himself. Defeating Tottenham in Wembley and Arsenal in the Emirates gives more weight to the idea that Solskjaer will keep the job beyond the end of the season.

Go on, and what choice do Manchester United have? If Solskjaer bridged the 1

1-point gap to the top four and won the FA Cup, that would put a huge amount of pressure on his replacement to race at sprint speed.

2) There is no big secret behind Solskjer's methods. He simply benefited from the equality of Manchester United's players. Suddenly, a midfield that " could not pass the ball ten yards " plays as a dynamic unit . The defenders, who flopped and fluttered, are safer. The confidants shoot again.

After the Arsenal's victory, Romelu Lukaku said that the media were named "Man of the Match". He had scored two goals, his tie game was better than any time in Mourinho's last six months. He had a simple explanation.

"The manager gives everyone confidence. He talks to everyone, they know when they will play and when they will not play. If you do not play, he'll tell you why. That's a big difference. "

Lukaku further emphasized that he would not criticize Mourinho, but the last line still remains like a foul smell in the air. Mourinho has put it in a nutshell, and he certainly needs to change his leadership style if he is to be successful again. The Sulky Sergeant Major Act just does not stand up anymore. Mourinho does not have the respect – or the aura he once did – for it to work.

3) Manchester United vs Arsenal have scored a number of iconic goals in the past 20 years, a feud forged by the two dynastic top managers of English football: Marc Overmars won the title at Old Trafford; Ryan Giggs FA Cup Semi-Final Waltz; Wayne Rooney sealed the victory with which Arsenal's 49 games ended without defeat.

But for me it's the buoyant counterattack of 2009 when Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo sent Arsenal to the sword. This goal showed the best of United – a pulsating, pulsating and pulsing counter-attacking football – and the worst of Arsenal suspended by the midfielders standing high on the court.

United spent most of the following decade repeating this gripping game style. Arsenal has spent most of the following decade avoiding this stubborn vulnerability. Friday night was proof that Solskjaer came closer than David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Mourinho, and that Arsenal's defense problems would scarcely disappear when Unai Emery entered the door.

4) Newcastle was a wonderfully malleable opponent, but this weekend was another testament to Watford's strength. Javi Gracia made eleven changes to his team for the second time in the FA Cup and watched him win 2-0 away.

Woking to beat was not much more than expected, but won in another Premier League A team with a full reserve is hugely impressive. Take a look at those who have started: exciting young English players (Nathaniel Chalobah, Will Hughes, Ben Wilmot), potential foreign stars (Domingos Quina, Isaac Success), and dependable team players who are important in a squad with high staff turnover.

Watford may not win the FA Cup, but this should be his goal with confidence in the Premier League. In choosing the reservation options and the impressive observation, the competition for places has never been better.

5) If Watford is a club that is firmly in the right direction, Newcastle created a strong contrast. Rafael Benitez has stressed this week that his bosses must impress him if he goes beyond the end of his contract. That seems increasingly unlikely.

On Friday, a loan agreement for Jordan Lukaku fell through at the last hurdle. Newcastle informed that the player had failed a doctor, but reports in Italy say the breakpoint was payroll claims. Although Newcastle is right, the inadequate transfer business can not be explained in the last 12 months. If they had not left it until the last week of the window, these problems might not arise.

Benitez has made no secret of his ambivalence over an FA Cup run as he focuses exclusively on the Premier League. He can not really be blamed for that, given the paper-thin crew at his disposal. But it sums up the misery of the fans, when the best they can hope for is the success of a fight against Cardiff City and Huddersfield Town, followed by their best manager in years who has left the summer. Then the mutiny must come.

6) Is Marco Silva in trouble? ? Farhad Moshiri admitted on January 9th that Everton's position was unacceptable and he anticipates an improvement before the end of the season. Since then, Everton beat Bournemouth at home but lost to Southampton and then dropped out of the FA Cup against the opposition of the championship.

The defense is that he was appointed last summer. However, this is a heavy argument for Silva. If you have earned a reputation as a manager for short-term managers, it will be much harder to ask for patience. Must be better.

7) Everton was unhappy with Millwall, but was always crammed with a vicious referee's decision. One of the scariest elements of this weird VAR sneak is the introduction of the technology, but not others.

This is nonsense when Millwall's second goal – a clear handball – is immediately played on the big screen in the cave and every fan in the ground can see the crime committed. You can understand Silva's frustration that officials can literally see that they've made a mistake but have no power to change it. This half solution only adds to the confusion.

8) Pep Guardiola does not play in national cup competitions. Manchester City have scored 28 goals in the FA Cup and EFL Cup alone, and have again selected a surprisingly strong team, especially as they play a Premier League game on Tuesday night.

However, this is all part of Guardiola's strategy. Last season, City won games before they started, and psychologically defeated opposition managers and teams by earning the opponent's reputation. This air of invincibility was lost during the December defeats, and Guardiola wants it back. In cup games it is a trample of the teams to put pressure on Liverpool.

The same goes for Guardiola's defense, who has now played six games without conceding. After winning their last six games 28-0, City can undoubtedly purr again.

9) If you have overlooked the fact that Shrewsbury Town is a violent local rivalry against Wolverhampton Wanderers, join the club. But on Saturday produced scenes in Shropshire, which may stereotype you with Millwall or West Ham. The presence of the police was considerable, but could not prevent both supporters from fighting each other with objects and fighting full time on the streets near the stadium.

The whole thing had something of "pwopa nawty" Especially Shrewsbury's troublemakers are clearly young. But such scenes are unlikely to be cause for celebration in the West Midlands Police, as a repeat is scheduled for ten days.

10) But if there were unappetizing scenes in Shrewsbury, that's nothing compared to the terrible behavior shown in South London. The fans of Everton and Millwall were both to blame for fighting outside the stadium before the game, but it was Millwall who earned the most censorship for the fans' behavior in the ground. They were recorded and sang with "I would rather be a P * ki than a Scouse".

This racism has no place in football, and Millwall would have no reason to sue if he were thrown out of the competition. They are a good club that does more than most for the local community, but there is no doubt that they attract a kind of devotee who simply has to be banned for all reasons. By the time the club manages to eradicate its behavior or presence, that reputation will hang like a badly fitting cloak in Millwall.

11) FA cup shocks should follow a script. The subordinate team takes the lead and remains grim. She hardly tries to develop her precious advantage. The modest team, just a few miles from home, misses the opportunity one by one but can not score.

AFC Wimbledon did not receive the memo. The only teams West Ham had awarded four or more times in the last ten months were Liverpool and Manchester City, but Wally Downes's team felt a weakness and decided to expand and exploit them. Wimbledon could at least satisfy a cliché: if you had not been informed prior to the Premier League match, you would never have thought it was West Ham.

Manuel Pellegrini was understandably angry after the match . He accused his players of a common bad attitude and went so far as to admit that he was "ashamed". Fringe players can use these opportunities to improve their chances in the Premier League during these cup suggestions. West Ham's usual starter can sleep in their beds.

12) Pellegrini can not regret his abusive words after the match, but Accrington manager John Coleman had at least the decency to admit that he had gone too far. After a defeat against Derby County, which had been reduced to ten men in the first half, he was abused by the officials.

"I want to pack in. I want to go to the chairman," said Coleman. "I will not do it, but 90% of my body wants to go:" Listen, I've got enough, I can not take it anymore. "

He added that Jon Moss" cost perhaps £ 250,000 for a horrific decision, "he adds," I feel physically ill. I do not know if that is because he is a Premier League referee. It's Morbid Everyone was great today, except for one person. I went to the lounge with him – and I was kicked out. His arrogance is unimaginable.

On Sunday afternoon, Accrington had issued a statement in which Coleman apologized for his wording.

"I've looked back at the match and I think I have to say something," he said, "It was not the fault I should not blame him and I apologize for some of my comments after the game and I was still frustrated when decisions were taken in Charlton last week – with the withdrawal the red card – and I think that was one reason why I was so upset yesterday. "

It's good for him if he has admitted his mistake, but it would be nice if the manager in the future are not so anxious to blame the referees, it is a damn hard and largely ungrateful job as it is.

13) The problem of football promotion, since Promoting gambling has rightly gained widespread attention. But damn it, it's a bit of misery when a member of the Big Six tweets his starter XI and marks a bookie with a link to the markets of the game. I do not know why, but it really got under my skin.

14) Whatever Kieran Trippier did to the devil to enjoy a wonderful World Cup campaign with England, how much would he pay to get away from it? 19659002]

15) The FA Cup tales are usually limited to lower league teams, but Connor Wickham raises his hand and clears his throat. The striker has had an unlucky luck injury in the past three years and started his first game since November 2016.

Some supporters believe injured footballers would somehow get paid if they did nothing but recover. The truth could not be further away: Injuries, especially those that require prolonged rehabilitation, can break a player's mind. You can feel worthless, useless and hopeless. As an unused part, team sports can become the loneliest place of all.

Look at Wickham's face as he celebrates his goal. The instinctive joy gave way to pure relief, annoyed at the anger that he had to wait so long. The striker gratefully fell to his knees. The only hope is that it is the first goal of many.

16) Finally done well on Doncaster Rovers. Their victory against Oldham Athletic was hardly the fourth round glamor tie race – nor was it the impressive draw of Portsmouth with QPR . However, this means that for the first time in 63 years, Donny is in the fifth FA Cup of the FA Cup. 19659002] Daniel Storey

 

 
        
        

        

        
        
        

        
        
        

        
        
            
        
        


         

        
        
        

         
        


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