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Alan Shearer on Swansea City: It was the most abject half of football that I have seen at any level

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: November 07, 2016


Angel Rangel and Modou Barrow exchange words yesterday.

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ALAN Shearer unleashed a scathing review of Swansea City's 3-1 defeat at home to Manchester United, describing it as "embarrassing".

The Newcastle legend was furious with the Swans' approach to the game, pointing out a lack of effort by the home side.

United were coming off the back of a defeat in midweek to Fenerbahce, and the Match of the Day pundit felt they were there for the taking.

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However, a stunning strike from Paul Pogba and a brace from Zlatan Ibrahimovic gave them a comfortable victory.

"It was the most abject, embarrassing 45 minutes of football that I have seen from any football team at any level," said Shearer, one of the many furious comments during Match of the Day 2.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores the third against Swansea City

"This was a Swansea team supposably trying to impress the new manager who was in his fourth game. You would think [Swansea] would go after them, but they didn't.

"For United it was a training game. It was a complete lack of effort to put a shift and United controlled it with ease.

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"No wonder the Swansea fans were booing the players. You look at Bob Bradley and say "good luck mate with that set of players" if they're going to put that lack of effort in."

Fellow pundit Danny Murphy also offered his opinion. He said he was hoping to see Swansea react to their position in the league and give the home crowd a sense that the players cared.

He added: "You've got to let the team you're playing against know they can't take the Mickey out of you and if that means putting a few tackles in and letting people know you're there, then that's what you've got to do. Swansea didn't do that."

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  • yankytaff  |  November 07 2016, 6:23PM

    I think Aussiejack has a point re team choice and formation, it underlines BB's inexperience

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  • BrazilianSwan  |  November 07 2016, 1:41PM

    We are heading to be what Aston Villa was last season.

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  • Jjamie2  |  November 07 2016, 1:26PM

    Well double-decker after Sundays display I think they would struggle in a Sunday League for pub teams let alone the Championship.

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  • double-decker  |  November 07 2016, 12:32PM

    Players were absent from pre season because of the Euros. Players were sold without the then manager (who did a very good job in difficult circumstances) being involved in the decisions. A manager with limited experience, and none at all at this level, has been appointed who does not seem to know where his squad's strengths lie. What do you expect? To be honest, the Swans would have a hard time holding their own in the Championship as things stand.

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  • SwanseaSam  |  November 07 2016, 11:54AM

    The players should be made to listen to this analysis. It really brings it home. If there is an issue within the players ranks, this is why there is a club captain - to bring the problem to the attention of the management. Surely if they want a less confrontational approach then a quiet word with Curt could get the message back. That said, for the amount of money these players are being paid, they should work their socks off - wherever they are on the field. I wonder if one or two were trying not to get injured before the internationals??

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  • GorsseinonJoe  |  November 07 2016, 11:42AM

    ...and he should know being a Newcastle supporter.

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  • Aussie_Jack  |  November 07 2016, 11:23AM

    I'm not defending the players (apart from Leon), but this is the 4th system with the 4th combination of players in 4 games. Do you think that maybe they hadn't a clue what was expected because of the change in manager and the new guys ever changing requirements?

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  • mabl9  |  November 07 2016, 11:14AM

    Well the football legend has spoken. Could not agree more with Mr Shearer. What was the conversation between Rangel and Barrow I wonder in your photo. Well Angel has always provided committment since he has been with the Swans - same with Leon. But others and there are many there not so sure. New players with committment and desire are needed now. I fear, however, that if there are no wins shortly against teams not so far above us then it is Championship next season. Some fans who have been there for years have accepted this already. To compete at PL you need a bit of class. The recruitment policy has been poor.

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