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at 17:48 4 Jan 2018
With VVD leaving, people are calling for a new centre back and while I don't disagree that a tried and tested player would be useful, for the right price, we do have five centre backs in the senior squad.
Stephens, Yoshida and Hoedt have all got significant experience this season but Gardos and Bednarek have not been risked.
I understand that Bednarek is one for the future but so was Gardos and he's been here since August 2014. Admittedly he missed a whole season with injury but he's been fit since last season and hasn't played.
If he was being kept for the future, how long is that future? He's 29 - surely he's ready to step up, and if he's not, why is he still at the club?
at 19:00 31 Dec 2017
For yesterday's game, Saints had an allocation of 1,828 tickets which is 2.4% of Old Trafford's capacity. On Boxing Day we had 3,000 tickets which is 3.3% of Wembley's capacity. I know Tottenham have made that their policy for all home EPL matches but why so few for Manure?
I've a feeling I know how much of a stink they'd make if we gave them equivalent allocations next time they visit. That would make 1,073 Spurs fans and just 781 for United.
I'm all for creating an atmosphere with away fans but why do we give so many to clubs who give us next to nothing.
The club would also make more money as home fans tend to pay more for tickets than the £30 maximum for away tickets.
at 00:29 14 Dec 2017
No question we were awful and Leicester pummelled us but the time wasting was ridiculous. The ref gave two minutes for the first half when it should have been at least four and three minutes for the second half when it could have been six. I can't help thinking that if the game was at the Etihad or Old Trafford, it would have been six or seven. Mind you, having said that, it was a blessed relief that it came to an end. We could have had 20 minutes added on and we wouldn't have scored again.
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at 14:23 9 Feb 2015
It was an absolute mystery on Saturday. Within about 10 minutes of coming on Schneiderlin was in the book. It wasn't a foul - he was miles away. He doesn't usually seem the type to harangue a referee and even if it was dissent, there were plenty of players throughout the game giving the ref plenty without punishment.
It seems that there is a new directive from the Premier League. Book Schneiderlin. For anything.
I haven't looked (life is too short) but I'd guess the stats would suggest we are quite high in the foul stakes and low in the fouled against list. It seems that identical infringements are given against us but not to us. So we must, on paper, look like a dirty side. And yet we haven't had a lot of players booked or sent off.
I know this sounds like a paranoid Saints fan's one-eyed view but I have waited quite a long way into the season and it hasn't been getting any better.
It's another subject but I think the refereeing this season has been plainly embarrassing.
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