05 May 2018 10:20:08
I can't believe the huge upset over losing a game that is more or less irrelevant.

We will almost definitely finish second, but really what is the difference between finishing second or third?

I've read people saying things like play for the shirt/ pride. But do we really think players play for the shirt of a club that is based on the other side of the world to where their from and where they have that connection. Of course not. There are exceptions, but most players are playing for money or glory. How much money or glory was on the line last night? None to very little.

The other argument I see being raised is trying to play yourself into the cup final team.

To this I say do you really think Jose Mourinho is likely to change who he is planning to pick for any reason other than for an injury?

If Martial or Rashford played the game of their lives last night do you really think Jose would then decided to drop Sanchez or Lukaku (if fit) from his planned final line up?

Or if Darmian had his best game for the club he would displace Valencia?

If we know it then the players know it.

Last night was a game where Jose wanted to protect certain players for the cup final, and where he thought he could place a few squad players in the shop window ready for the summer. It was a game that ment next to nothing to us, and garenteed survival for Brighton.

As for Jose's comments about not being able to motivate them for the game. I find them very odd. Why declare that you are unable to do the job your paid very well for?

If Jose truly is unable to motivate those players then maybe he needs to have a long hard look at how he manages teams. No manager should ever be unable to get a performance out of his players, if he can't then he has created an atmosphere where the players won't respond to him. That only ever ends in a departure for the manager.

1.) 05 May 2018
05 May 2018 10:57:15
Shappy, do you really think people are bothered by that one game, or is it a pattern of such listless performances that people are commenting on, of which this one game was only an example?

2.) 05 May 2018
05 May 2018 11:21:02
RWWD, there seems a disproportionate fallout to a game that means very little compared to the fallout from poor performances earlier in the season.

The team has had one such performance every month since October. And yes it's costing us points. However, I see little to be made from having such fallout about it now. The title is gone, the season is all but finished.

Was last nights performance really any worse than others we have had this season?

3.) 05 May 2018
05 May 2018 11:33:27
Whilst I agree there is nothing to play for shappy, this is not an isolated performance. It has happened far too many times and every time it has happened it has always been a case where the opposition has outfought, out desired and out worked us. That is unacceptable. The players should never lose a game because the opposition wanted it more.

These last few games may be irrelevant but it is an opportunity to build momentum and a winning mentality to take into next season. Last year city built up a run at the end of last season and brought that form and mentality into this season. We should be treating these all as cup finals and building a winning mentality. I am not one of those who wants the manager out because i do not think that is necessarily the most productive option. But if he left I would not lose much sleep. There are players in this squad who are not united level or have right mentality to be at our club. Until they have gone we will be no closer to winning the league. Very important summer ahead.

4.) 05 May 2018
05 May 2018 12:16:41
I think you have hit the nail on the head Shappy, there has been one of those performances every month since October, I. e. no improvement. If Jose is a truely world class coach he should have eradicated these sub par performances by now. We have not beat any of the promoted sides away this season. That should not happen.

As fans I think we are entitled to see improvement/ progress or we will see the likes of Liverpool over take us and nobody on here wants to see that. Nobody can argue that Liverpool are improving, we don’t seem to be. Lucky for us Chelsea and Arsenal have been poor this season.

5.) 05 May 2018
05 May 2018 13:07:40
Almost every week Huggy, last night's performance was typical Utd. Opposition keeper barely tested, passes not making it over small distances, no wave length between players, reluctance to run off the ball, no clear strategy, people hiding - it was the same against Arsenal, West Brom, even the first half against City was identical to this BHA game.

Next year we need a massive change in philosophy and personnel or as you say we will be caught and will slip further behind City.

Even at the start of the season our performances were like this, but in the 5-10 mins where we actually attack we were able to be clinical and gloss over the actual performance with a convincing win on paper.

6.) 05 May 2018
05 May 2018 14:46:48
Lack of passion shown yesterday is a sign of the rot that has set in. Not one of those fringe players showed that they deserved a place on the bench.

Players need to step up big time next game or the final will be lost before a ball is kicked.

7.) 05 May 2018
05 May 2018 14:59:15
There's a world cup coming up. I would imagine lots of players are scared of picking up an injury especially over a nothing game like last night's.

8.) 05 May 2018
05 May 2018 15:41:39
For a lot of games this season it has been like watching a team that plays poorly but strings a few results together to stay up. It is unanimously realised that last nite wasnt a must win or a semi final blah, blah but it still doesn't explain the lack of drive, passion and effort when pulling on a jersey for one of europes biggest clubs whilst being affordered a lifestyle that even lottery winners envy. There is no excuse for last nite and as mentioned, at least 1 performance a month: not JM biggest fan but he can only put the team out when maybe he would be better either knocking them out or getting them out.

9.) 05 May 2018
05 May 2018 15:42:42
haha, half of them need to be worrying for their place at the World Cup the way they have been performing. Sod the fans, the employer paying their wages, the prestige of the club, let's take it easy now we have done an Arsenal and qualified for CL - it hasn't taken long for the club to lose everything it once stood for.

Let's see how easy Man City take their game tomorrow and they don't have an Fa Cup final to keep sharp for.

10.) 05 May 2018
05 May 2018 18:00:31
Lads we’ve beaten all of the top six this year, now do we credit Mourinho with the comeback against city? You can’t just credit the players when its good and not the manager. So I think there is a severe issue with the mentality of some players. Yesterday it was quite clear that the players look half arsed, and didn’t care.
Just on a side note, why the heck do Juventus want Darmian, he’s one of the worst players I’ve seen in a United shirt, has the physical presence of a 12 year old.

11.) 05 May 2018
05 May 2018 17:54:21
Losing always matters. Of course last night's game had little "value" but losing still hurts.