Do you honestly believe Jose is telling his players to play utter wank?! That’s simply not happening.
Our biggest problem this season has been one we’ve accused other teams of in the past, and that’s picking and choosing the games where we decide to ‘show up’. Beat City, lose to West Brom. Beat Arsenal, lose to Brighton. We’ve been a Jekyll and Hyde team this season, but amongst the shonky results we’ve managed to get second (for now), our best position since Sir Alex left.
We’ve lost to the likes of Huddersfield, Newcastle, West Brom, Sevilla and Bristol City because some of our players obviously believe the required effort isn’t needed against those sides. You can see it in the body language, the 3,4,5 touches they have before passing it sideways or the poor decision making. Nobody can tell me that the teams Jose sends out aren’t capable of getting a result against those teams, so to me, it comes down to the players.
Darmian, I agree, is a woeful player. Neither him or Ashley offered anything tonight, but they weren’t the only culprits.