Published: Tuesday 5th Oct
Taibi or not Taibi
- The www.red11.org Team
Opinions from Barry
- Bill - Salford Lass - Paul - Justin & Dave(MuTV):
Before we start here is the result of last weeks survey:
What do you think of UNITED's new keeper Massimo Taibi?
He's good but he's no Schmeichel - YET! 44 55.7%****
Very Good 10 12.7%
Not impressed 10 12.7%
Excellent 9 11.4%
Awful, sell him quick 6 7.6%
Total: 79 voted
Closed 03-Oct-99 04:15 GMT
So the general opinion of REDS before yesterday was that
Massimo Taibi is good enough. A confidence vote!
Nobody can be compared with the great Dane and all players [remember
need a seetling in period. One thing for sure we cannot blame
a result such
5-0 yesterday on Taibi. Maybe he had an effect with a mistake
to 1-0 but after
that played without mistake. He had no chance in the remaining
One can say a solid defence starts with confidence of the goalkeeper
any side. Our goalkeeper Massimo Taibi is not commanding enough
needs to be given a chance. I will not complain if Raimond is
chance right now as the times that he has played the back four
confidence in him. The future will hold the answer, I trust Sir
I've only SEEN him play vs Liverpool, so I don't feel qualified
>>>>>>>>>>>>OUR SALFORD LASS
I think Massimo is a good keeper who is rapidly being made a scapegoat
some fans. Most of those who were abusing him yesterday (and saying
isn't good enough to replace Peter) have obviously forgotten not
Peter's shaky start when he came to the club, but also the number
he picked the ball out of the net a couple of seasons ago - 11
goals in 2
games and according to the seagulls, and many United fans, he
Of course he wasn't finished and neither is Massimo crap. He is
excellent goalkeeper who will replace the big Dane - he may never
good as Peter (but then who will be) but he is, in my opinion,
buy and will settle in.
As for yesterday - he made a mistake for the first goal but the
them? Poor defending as far as I could see and he had little chance
against them (Sutton, for example, had a free header). Towards
the end of
the second half he made two saves which kept the score from being
So my comment is - to all those slagging him off - get off his
give him a chance. The defeat yesterday wasn't down to him, it
was down to
the whole team who played appallingly, to a man.
It is rather premature to write off Massimo Taibi. However, United
to stablise the defence urgently, and so Raimond should take over
for the Watford game. The defence do not have any understanding
Taibi on crosses, and at the moment he is coming out when he should
stay eg the Hyppia/Poyet goals, and staying when he should be
advancing. On the one hand, the language problem may be a factor.
Perhaps he is not able to communicate as he wants to. The alternative
is that his judgement is flawed, and this will be exposed as time
Hopefully a spell out of the firing line will help Taibi settle,
learn how to
defend as a unit with his colleagues and build his confidence.
I have seen of him (excepting the Le Tissier gaffe) he is a capable
shot-stopper and must have some quality about him as the Wizard
his signature for over a year.
To bring Bosnich back now is an option, but VDG is a no-risk option,
and we cannot afford to gift goals away like we have in the past
Bosnich must improve his kicking to play in the Premiership, no
how good his handling is.
I really think the Chelsea hiding was building up for a while,
and the loss
of Keane protecting in front of the back four, fatigue showing
lack of replacements, loss of Butt for 70 mins, wrong tactics
by the Wizard,
Chelsea due a win against us at the Bridge etc all contributed.
Without Giggs on the left flank the balance of the side is affected,
as seen lately has to be confronted. Retaliation just means suspensions,
for our rivals, no good to us. Hopefully the shirts can regroup,
another 29 game
unbeaten run in the Premiership. Enough wins in that and we might
A thought occurred to me at about 28 seconds past 4 on Sunday
afternoon...MASSIMO TAIBI in Italian must translate to 'BIG MISTAKE'!
I think this guy needs a spell in the reserves to adapt to the
game and get to learn the language.
Kick,Punch and Throw would be a good start for
him, especially if he plans on going out in this great city at
moment he is a liability and he cost us 2 points last week and
maybe a full
3 more yesterday...this is not acceptable for a team of our stature
team hoping to repeat past success. Raimond has not put a foot
wrong when he
has played and like we saw against Arsenal he is a saver of crucial
against the most important opposition as you would expect from
a keeper who
enhanced his game alongside Schmeichel. Fergie surely can't stick
after this performance and I would hope that Silvestre gets a
whilst he adapts to the pace.
United are also badly missing a left sided player who can do Giggsys'
for the half a season each year he is injured, surely Fergie can
see that we
need another option other than 'give it Becks'. As record profits
announced again today I wonder how long it will be before the
is breached and at the same time whether any of this 100 million
used to secure the future of our much missed club captain.
Uniteds' performance with or without Nicky Butt yesterday was
watching United in the pre Schmeichel days.....Everytime Chelsea
our goal I thought they were going to
score.Its not the end of the world and maybe a good hammering
will hit the
likes of Taibi...Butt....and Beckham hard. Since the treble and
the crest of
the wave that was the first six games of the season United have
stutter and the defeat yesterday has been on the cards for a few
Maybe I am being too cynical and think that United can and should
everyone but hey...thats what its all about. I pay my money every
week so I
am entitled to give an opinion on what I see and I think I can
cope with losing one game a year!I fear a backlash for the next
team to come
to Old Trafford though....Let me see who it is...erm...Watford...Now
should be an easy game?..?
Funny how we lose for the first time in a year and this morning
the sun is
shining over Manchester after a month of constant rain?.....mmm.......God
must be a Bitter Blue?!.
>>>>>>>>>>>>> Dave MUTV
As far as MUTV is aware, Massimo will remain Number 1 for the
and Ray van der Gouw will take over during the Champions League.
Bosnich will not be featuring until he gets back to full fitness.
Personally, I think we should stick with Taibi, he's playing with
side at the moment and as soon as Keane,Giggs,Neville etc return
we will see
the real Manchester United doing the business.
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