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Zing-A-Ling! Fulham Centre-Back Dan Burn Likens Man Utd Tactics To ‘Conference Football’

By Chris Wright

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Manchester United v Fulham - Old Trafford

After Man Utd managed to sling in a whopping 81 crosses into the Fulham box at Old Trafford on Sunday evening (thus breaking a Premier League and Opta record which has stood since 2006) without so much as steering one of them goal-wards with any menace, Cottagers coach Rene Meulensteen was left to remark that David Moyes’¬†approach was “straightforward” and that United just “got it wide and got it in the box”, adding that it was “easy to defend against.”

Fulham’s lanky centre-back Dan Burn joined in the heckling this morning, likening United’s tactics as being akin to “Conference football”, with the 21-year-old defender having first-hand experience of the division in question – having plugged away for Darlington in the Conference back in 2011.

“I’ve never headed that many balls since the Conference,” said Burn mused apres the game. “We knew that was going to happen and I was happy for them to play like that.”

Burn by name, burn by nature!

Incidentally, another telling statistic of United’s woes has emerged today with the damning stat being that Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie have only found one another with completed passes on eight (8) separate occasions in the last two games – four (that’s approximately 50%, maths fans!) of those times being from kick-off.


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By Chris on February 10th, 2014 in Fulham, Funnies, Man Utd, Newsnow. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

12 Responses to “Zing-A-Ling! Fulham Centre-Back Dan Burn Likens Man Utd Tactics To ‘Conference Football’”

  1. Bruno says:

    Meulensteen wanted to be at United. That’s why is so critic about Moyes.

  2. ITFCjosh says:

    How did UTD kick off 4 times??? I make it 3. Once from kick off (either start of game or start of second half) and twice when restarting after Fulham scored.

  3. mip says:

    Man Hoof are long ball garbage.

  4. Al says:

    @ITFC – last two games pal

  5. tg says:

    They’ve played that way for twenty years

  6. bestie says:

    and RvP wasted the best cross of the game (Rafael’s, just a couple of minutes after Fulham’s 1st goal)
    tg is right: United have always played with 2 wingers and always relied on crosses. Problem is, we no longer Beckham or Giggs whipping them in anymore

  7. petrusz says:

    United has been in a steady decline since Ronaldo left.
    He was replaced with the likes of Obertan (alien) and Bebe. Nuff said.
    Even then United didn’t have a good midfield but the attacking trio of Tevez, Rooney and Ronaldo didn’t need a world class midfield to rely on, they were that good.
    Fergie didn’t strengthen the midfield since Kleberson and Djemba-Djemba if you don’t include glasslegs Hargreaves. Simply unacceptable for a team challenging for top honors.
    If 2009 wasn’t a wakeupcall, then 2011 had to be, but it wasn’t.
    “We have to catch up to Barcelona” was the lesson learned, but in reality nothing was done to actually do so.
    Instead, United fell behind city with a so many embarrassing results to mention on the way.
    Before van Persie, and recently Mata, the only world class player United had was Rooney who was playing at half his best.
    Fergie left Moyes a team in shambles and Moyes is nowhere near a good enough of a manager to fix that.
    He’s midtable at best, he’s no Fergie to turn a rapidly degrading team around.
    Vidic is right to leave

  8. ITFCjosh says:

    apologies, I mis-read that….. more training required

  9. Chris says:

    United have always been a crossing team though… The stats are there they did it on Sky Sports one time to show the contrast in style vs. City last years… Showing how City played narrow and United played wide…

  10. Straight Dave says:


    Fuck off.

  11. Numbnuts says:

    Another classy Manure fan

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