Monday Manager: Talking Points

Gary Monk

Every week we bring you our take on the weekend’s biggest talking points

 

Moses, Michael and Monk

Swansea boss Gary Monk delivered a scathing post game criticism of both referee Michael Oliver and Victor Moses after Oliver awarded Moses a penalty for this blatant dive. Monk described the incident as “cheating” and said that the Stoke winger should be “ashamed of himself”. He then rounded on the official as you can see below.

The Swans have every right to feel aggrieved and Monk is right that Moses should be punished heavily for a piece of play that is embarrassing to the game. Stoke boss Mark Hughes also deserves criticism for his ridiculous claims that it wasn’t a dive. As for Oliver, he clearly made a horrible decision but deserves credit for another brave and correct decision to award Swansea a penalty when Ryan Shawcross manhandled his man at a corner. Decision’s like that need to become more commonplace in order to cut out the nonsense we so often see at set pieces.

Harried Harry

After watching his side gift Liverpool a late victory courtesy of two own goals, Harry Redknapp took no prisoners in his own post game press conference. The QPR boss described his side as “naive” for conceding a late goal from an attacking free, despite leaving four men back to defend.

He then launched an extraordinary attack on one of his own players, midfielder Adel Taarabt. Asked a question about the player’s fitness Redknapp answered by saying:

“He’s not injured: he’s not fit to play football, unfortunately. He played in a reserve team game the other day, and I could have run about more than he did.”

He than added that Taarabt was about three stone overweight and that he would not defend players who weren’t interested in training.

Aguero Still The King

With all of the high profile attacking additions to the Premier League this year it would be easy to forget about Sergio Aguero. The Argentinian has established himself as the English game’s top striker when healthy but has taken a back seat in the paper’s to the likes of Angel Di Maria and Diego Costa, who have both started off the season in fantastic form. With his four goals against Spurs, Aguero ( a ridiculous 6050 PlayON Pts) reminded us he is still the best the league has to offer. Long live the king.

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