Here at COS, we’re sure (!) that Carlos Queiroz would have lamented the midweek internationals even if Manchester United had won on Sunday rather than losing 2-1 to City. The words ‘lame’ and ‘scapegoat’ spring to mind when reading his quotes on the BBC website – why can’t managers and their assistants just hold their hands up and say the better team won?
“We believe the team was affected by international call-ups,” said Queiroz.
“But talking about that would be an excuse. It was not our day. We didn’t play well and need to accept that.”
“It was really unusual to see a couple of our players playing so slow, without tempo and making mistakes,” added Queiroz.
“That’s never happened before and if it is a coincidence we will let other people decide.
“The reality is that the players have been affected. Not only the English players but others like Ronaldo and Vidic were not so sharp.”
Manchester City had a fair share of their squad called up for the internationals, including the inspirational Martin Petrov. You would think that the champions involvement in the Champions League would serve as good experience on these occasions. Is this an excuse to rival the grey shirts argument or does Queiroz have a point?