Chris Kamara surprised by shaky Manchester United defence
Kammy reflects on Man Utd's shaky defence, a loud crowd at Palace and says farewell to Jermain Defoe.
Last Updated: 24/02/14 10:52am
Fragile state of affairs at United
KAMMY SAYS: Under normal circumstances you would expect Manchester United to just wipe the floor with bottom-placed Fulham, but it's a fragile state of affairs at this moment in time, the confidence is really low and even when they went 2-1 up it wasn't there.
He was good at a lot of things while at Everton but the main thing David Moyes was very good at was building from the back - his goalkeeper and his back four were always absolutely solid and though the flair might not have been the best in the world, defensively all the teams he's had have been organised and I can't get my head around how shaky this team are at the back.
Fulham defended well, those 81 crosses that came in wasn't typical of Man United, they normally play though Wayne Rooney or Robin van Persie, but they just don't have a method at this moment in time. You don't know what David Moyes is after - does he want to pass it, or cross it, play it long? And that's probably what's lacking but, you're still left scratching your head at what's happening and I'm sure David is as well.
It all clicked for Liverpool
KAMMY SAYS: I just thought Liverpool were awesome against Arsenal. Once again there's been an overreaction towards Arsenal in similar fashion to the uproar after that opening day defeat to Aston Villa; all of a sudden they've lost total belief, have no pace, haven't got this or that... they were top of the table going in to that game! It's too early to write Arsenal off yet but full credit to Liverpool for that performance, everything just clicked for them on the day and they were really up for it.
Hazard a guess at who's the best?
KAMMY SAYS: Jose Mourinho said Eden Hazard is the best young player around and he's not often wrong when he makes them sort of statements. It's good for Chelsea and Hazard, like Willian, who when he first started you weren't sure about him but now he's got in to the pace of English game he looks fantastic and their shape looks fantastic.
I wouldn't say they've got a centre-forward who can guarantee them goals in Samuel Eto'o or Fernando Torres at this moment in time which could be the one thing they do lack by the end of the season but I do have to say that Eto'o is improving and his link-up play for Hazard's second goal against Newcastle was brilliant. It was a great performance from Chelsea but in terms of the title race it's still early days.
Good luck Defoe
KAMMY SAYS: I spoke to Jermain Defoe on Monday morning to wish him well with his move to Toronto, as he's been a pal of mine for a long time. The first time I met him was about 14 years ago when he had just left Arsenal and was at West Ham. I went round his house and met his mum for a feature for Soccer Saturday, we ate some rice and peas and he was this young kid who we had picked out to be a star before he'd even made his debut. It was really great to see him kicking the ball about in his back garden.
I still don't understand why he's going there, I know he's going to get a lot of money and wants to broaden his horizons and look around, but as I told him, 'you've got so much more to offer in the Premier League.' He had his mind made up and I hope it all works out for him. Good luck Jermain!
Man City are missing chances
KAMMY SAYS: Despite not scoring City had plenty of chances and on any other given day they'd have gone in; if you're not creating chances that's when you start to worry. Likewise in the game against Chelsea, if they'd taken their early chances it could have been a different game but once Chelsea were in front it became too big an ask.
On Saturday they had good chances and Joe Hart had to make a couple of good saves to make sure he kept a clean sheet but at the other end they just weren't going in - which could be down to a little bit of doubt in their minds. We've said from the start of the season that they've got the best squad, they should be able to cope and Alvaro Negredo and Edin Dzeko are not exactly the worst substitutes in the world, so there's no excuse on that score!
Of course any team would miss a player with the talent of Sergio Aguero but we've been talking all season about their virtually 'perfect Premier League winning squad' and all of a sudden we're talking about them missing players.
The 12th man at Selhurst Park
KAMMY SAYS: If a crowd can lift a team out of relegation it could be Palace. They don't stop at Selhurst Park. From the moment the referee blows the whistle to start the game to his final one, the crowd are just singing and cheering their team the whole time. I don't think I've heard such a great and well-sustained atmosphere in this league, there's never a quiet moment or a minute where those players on that pitch don't feel as though the supporters are behind them. With that support, the work the players are putting in and what Tony Pulis is doing you wouldn't be surprised to see them get out of relegation and their results have just been phenomenal.
What a kick-start for Garry Monk's career
KAMMY SAYS: What a way to start your management career! Garry Monk has been at Swansea for such a long time and you could see the love for him from Ashley Williams and the rest of the players after they got that result against Cardiff. When you looked at Garry's face you could see how much pride and satisfaction he had inside, not just for the result, but for the performance as well in such a big game; to hold their nerve and pass it around and play and comfortably beat what on paper was a tricky game, could have ended his managerial career not kick-started it.
More home woes for Paul Lambert
KAMMY SAYS: It's difficult for Villa to play at home and we've been talking about it for some time now. Away from home they play counter-attacking football but at home they find it really hard to break teams down. I'm surprised that Paul Lambert hasn't come up with a new formula for it, as Tony Pulis has done with Palace.
I've been to Villa Park three times this season and when they're forced to play that's when they're not quite sure of their performance and formation. It might just need a bit of tweaking and if they do sit back they just need to let the opposition come to them a little bit more and then try and capitalise on that, but don't take anything away from West Ham because it was another big pressure game for Big Sam.