April 17, 2014

How Manchester United fall under Moyes

No one thought it would be easy...but no one expect it to be this hard.

It is surprising to see how Manchester United seem to fall under the leadership of David Moyes, a man, handpicked by former United's manager, Sir Alex Ferguson.

MANCHESTER UNITED

While one can understand if United failed to challenge for the title or the Champions League, but to be at a 7th position, behind Everton, former Moyes' club....it was something that is difficult to believe...difficult to swallow...this is United's worst campaign for as long as we could remember. 

I'm a believer of having a long term manager, with long term project for the club, but to say that there is no disappointment is a lie. With players like Van Persie, Rooney, Kagawa, Mata, Hernandez, De Gea...just how bad could it really be...anyway, no more excuses...just a season that we have to learn from the mistakes...

1) DEFEAT TO THE BIG CLUBS

Besides the victory against Arsenal, Manchester United falled against the big clubs this season, even against Everton. It's a contrast to how United used to perform against the big clubs under Sir Alex Ferguson.

2) FERGIE'S TIMING

In the past, Manchester United always seem to find a way to claw back into the game, especially during the stoppage time, to a point that it's known as Fergie's timing. But unfortunately, that magic seems to have disappear and the stoppage time has turn against the Devils....there have been occasion where United seem to crack at the last minute of the game.

3) TOO MUCH EXCUSES

This is a season full of excuses...it started with the transfer at the beginning of the season. Then, we have the same comments over and over again, about how there isn't enough players in the squad. This was the same squad that won the Premier League by a big margin last season, with the exception of Fellaini.

4) WHAT HAPPENED TO THE VETERAN?? 

There may be many who are quick to point fingers at the veterans who are no longer performing, but I believe it was down to the right training. I guess as players age, it is difficult to expect them to train under the same intensity as those who are in their 20s. I guess the coaching staff need to seek some advice from Fergie's batch of coach. While many criticized Evra, Vidic, Ferdinand, I felt that many forgotten these players were the ones that rise to the occasion under Fergie. And Evra and Vidic were the ones that scored the important goals against Bayern Munich. That itself showed you the quality of these players.

5) TIME IS NEEDED

This is something that I believe United will need...time...for the team to learn to work together under Moyes. It's a different coach, with a different vision, different ideas of how things are going to work.

Well, time is needed for Moyes to rebuild the team. From the looks of it, he has the time given...thanks to the influence and belief that Sir Alex Ferguson had on him. 

Karpal Singh - The Tiger of Jelutong

Today is a sad day, because one of the most respected figures in the Malaysia’s politic scene had passed away…Karpal Singh, also known to many as the “Tiger of Jelutong” had passed away. He was one of the nation’s most illustrious heroes.

Karpal Singh, may he RIP

This man was one of the country’s most prominent lawyers. He took up his law education at the University of Singapore.

Karpal’s political career began when he joined DAP in 1970. He won a seat in the Kedah State Legislative Assembly in 1974. He was first elected to parliament in 1978 as the representative for Jelutong, Penang, (and thus the nickname: The Tiger of Jelutong) and held the seat for more than 20 years until losing it in 1999. He returned to parliament in the next general election, and led the DAP to its strongest ever performance in the 2008 general election.

A motor vehicle accident in 2005 left Karpal using a wheelchair and with neuromotor problems in his right arm. Despite this, he continued his legal and political careers. And as faith has it her way, Karpal Singh passed away on 17/04/2014, after being involved in another motor vehicle accident.

While Karpal Singh might have been a controversial figure in the political scene, he was a man true to his word. He’s one of those people that say what they mean and do it. A man that is vocal about his belief and stand strong against injustice as he believe it. There may be many who disagreed with him on some of his stand, but all of us will agree that he is a man that stand firm on his word. An inspiration to many...a rare genuine political figure in the country. May he rest in peace!


Here are some of the tributes from other leaders to Karpal Singh:

PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang expressed his condolences on the passing of Karpal Singh, referring him as a DAP stalwart who was "a courageous leader who never stopped fighting for justice."

"Indeed, words cannot express enough my profound sadness at the passing away of my brother-in-arms for freedom and democracy, an inspiring symbol for the struggle against oppression and injustice and a man of unimpeachable moral integrity,"  -ANWAR IBRAHIM-

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said Karpal represented a simple virtue of justice, for democracy, integrity, honesty and decency."Karpal was loved by the people. He was willing to fight the impossible for the voiceless, the defenseless and the poor.
Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim tweeted that it was a sad news for the nation. "The country has lost a noted political figure and a competent lawyer. My condolences to the family of the late Karpal Singh," he said.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak got the news after he landed in Turkey and expressed his condolences to the family. "I have just landed at Ankara when I heard the news that YB Karpal Singh died in a road accident. My condolences to the family," he tweeted.



Try to make Thursday "sugar" free...

Decided to make Thursday a “sugarless” day for myself.



Lately I realized that I’ve been consuming quite a high level of sugar due to the high consumption of coffee. I wanted to change and reduce that. The World Health Organization suggests that no more than 10 percent of your total daily calories come from added sugar (things like table sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and honey). It comes to about less than 9 teaspoon of sugar for men on a daily basis.

Well, I’m going to try to make Thursday a “sugarless day” by not having any additional sugar in my daily consumption. I’m not gonna take into account those sugar in the food that I ate outside though but whatever that is within my control.

I’ll start with coffee…no milk, sugar or coffee mate for me. It’ll be plain black coffee.

One thing about this though is that the coffee tastes good only when it’s hot. Once it’s cold, I cannot take the taste anymore.


Since the intention is to live a healthier life on a Thursday, I’m going to try to go for healthier meals during the day as well.


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