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Ask The Oppo - Villa - 29-3-14

Published by Irwinwastheking in the blog Irwinwastheking's blog. Views: 1513

Ask the Oppo answers this week are courtesy of the very nice Villa fans at http://www.reddit.com/r/avfc/comments/21eujr/ask_the_oppo_manchester_united_29314/

Thanks for the time guys!


Q1) What's your thoughts on Man United this season, in particular David Moyes and do you think he'll survive to the end of the season?


MattLasagne

Q1) IMO they have been pretty average, Moyles has struggled living up to SAF's expectations. I think he will stay at least to the end of the season.

Jmacadd
1) I think it's been a shocking season for United, surprised they're basically out of the race. I think Moyes should be sacked but I can't see that happening.

Advisorybored
Q1) I admired Moyes for his success on a tight budget at Everton. That said, his style of play isn't all that enjoyable to watch. I would like to see him succeed, but he really has to alter his tactics to something more United-worthy in terms of results and entertainment.

I think he stays on for next season to mold the club to his style, but no promises after that.

Ehrfurcht
Q1) While this season is obviously not up to Man United's standards, I think you'll be back to your normal top-4 selves soon. I think Moyes was put into a very difficult position; while he hasn't performed like anyone expected, it rarely helps clubs to swap managers with two months left.

Q2) Are there any current United Players that you particularly like and dislike?

MattLasagne
Q2) I don't hold an opinion on any of their players.

Jmacadd

2)I like Juan Mata a lot, as well as Chicharito, not the biggest fan of Rooney though, I think he's kind of whiny.

Advisorybored
Q2) Counter-question: who do you think is the least likeable United player and why is it Robin Van Persie? On another note, #freeshinji.

Ehrfurcht
Q2) I really dislike Fellaini. I remember seeing him headbutt someone while he was on Everton and have wished him misfortune ever since.

Q3) Like us, your away form is much better than your home form, (although you have 17 points from each) you're in 17th home and up in 10th away. What do you feel is the main reason for our relative team’s inability at home this season?

MattLasagne
Q3) Style of football.

Jmacadd

3) I honestly have no clue why we're so awful at home, the best guess I can think of is maybe they get a bit too relaxed and don't chase the game as much?

Advisorybored
Q3) I haven't seen you play much as a fan in the States, but for Villa I think it comes down to Lambert's tactics at home. He goes away from the counter and tries to implement something more possession-oriented, and we get burned. Perhaps Moyes has a similar shift in mindset.

Ehrfurcht
Q3) We are much better on the counter-attack, which is easier to do away. So it's more of an "ability" away, rather than inability home.


Q4) Since your three seasons recently finishing 6th your League position has gotten much worse but seems to be on an upward trend the year, and you haven’t showed in the cups since the League Cup in 2010. Do you feel that Lambert is taking you in the right direction and how long term was the damage caused by McLeaish?

MattLasagne
Q4) I think the main long term damage was made my MON, I am still uncertain if Lambert is the right man to take us to the next step.

Jmacadd
4) I definitely feel like Lambert's headed in the right direction. Once the players mature and gain some consistency I think we'll be competing for Europe places. As for the damage caused I think it was fairly severe. We kept spending money but our league position only got worse.

Advisorybored
Q4) I'm a pretty new fan (circa end of 2012), but I like where Lambert is going. Villa play exciting (if inconsistent) football when on the break, and I think the squad will improve with experience. As for McLeish, there aren't many albatross contracts left - just Hutton and N'Zogbia, I believe. At least we aren't Newcastle.

Ehrfurcht
Q4) I like Lambert; he seems to be able to work with what he's given, while setting us up for the long term with many youngsters. McLeish managed Birmingham before arriving at Villa, so I think it's just a matter of installing air fresheners.


Q5 ) As one of the great clubs in English football with a glittering past and excellent honours list what will it take to get you back to the top table again?

MattLasagne
Q5) A few decent strikers and a very strong manager

Jmacadd
5) I think to be competing with the top clubs again we will need to stick with Lambert and let his plan play its course. Eventually we'll need more financial flexibility as well obviously.

Advisorybored
Q5) Oil money. In all seriousness though, Everton has a fantastic setup, and we should aim for something similar. Moyes might not have paid enough attention to the youth system, but their coaches did a great job: Barkley and Rooney are the standouts. With the dawn of the FFP era, building slow has to be it, really.

Ehrfurcht
Q5) Money and Midfielders.


Q 6) Does looking at clubs like Chelsea and City who won the lottery but don't have half the history of your club contending for trophies each season annoy you more than the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and United?

MattLasagne
Q6) City more so as they where on the same level as us and competeing for europe before their big takeover. We have proven we can beat the likes of city and chelsea, it's more annoying that we can't beat the smaller clubs.

Jmacadd
6) Well I wouldn't say it annoys me all that much but it can sometimes. Not so much because of them competing but because it feels like we could be up there too.

]Advisorybored
Q6) History might not mean as much as it should to me. If they're good now, they deserve to contend now. Sometimes luck is on a club's side. It's just how it turned out.

Ehrfurcht
Q6) Yes. I'd rather Arsenal, Liverpool, and United switch off for a decade than have Man City buy more trophies.


Q7) Who's going to win the League

MattLasagne
Q7) Man city, although I would like to see Liverpool get a chance at glory again, its boring seeing the same teams win each season

Jmacadd
7) I think any one of the top 4 could take it really. Had you asked me a few months ago I would've said Arsenal but I have to go with either Chelsea or Liverpool. I'm partial to Liverpool though, Suarez and Sturridge don't show many signs of slowing.

Advisorybored
Q7) Chelsea. Man City have a fantastic attack, but I think Chelsea's quality in the back will be the pillar they need to hold on.

Ehrfurcht
Q7) Liverpool in my opinion, they can't not score. We proved that Chelsea can be beaten, and I really do not want Man City to win.


Q 8) Where will both our clubs finish the season?

MattLasagne
Q8) Villa 12th Man U 7th same as now

Jmacadd
8) I think y'all won't move to much up or down the table. If anything, you'll finish sixth but I think you'll stick around at 7th. Optimistically I'd say 9th but more realistically we'd finish 10th-11th.

Advisorybored
Q8) United will be 6th, agonizingly close to a Europa spot. Villa will be 11th.

Ehrfurcht
Q8) I think you will get 6th after Spurs continue their downward trend. I think we'll get 11th or 12th based on our match with Hull on 3 May.


Q9 ) Predictions for the game on Sunday?

MattLasagne
Q9 ) It could go eitherway, we are good against experienced players however the last game put us back to reality. I think 1-1.

Jmacadd
9) Hopefully it'll be a good game, my optimistic projection is 1-2 but more realistically it'll be 2-0 or 3-1 after last weekends abysmal performance.

Advisorybored
Q9) 2 - 1. Goals for Young, Rooney, and Bacuna.

Ehrfurcht
Q9) My rather hopeful prediction: 0-1. Man United has possession the entire game, but can't find a way to score. Then we get a successful counter: Long boot from Guzan to Benteke's head that finds Delph or Gabby.
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