I think first things first, this season is a write off. We will get the points we need to stay up, and probably finish between 8th and 10th.
We will also play mind-numbingly boring football for the next 16 games.
Big Sam is here to keep us up. No more, no less. I honestly cannot see how he can stay beyond the summer. He signed a 18 month deal because he will get a nice little payoff out of it after only 6 months work.
The first half against United was promising. I thought we had decent intent, whilst easily keeping them at bay. I don't know what was said at halftime, but everything went to shit. It was a different team that turned out, and we went into this ridiculously defensive shape, with no out ball rather than aggressively pressing the ball like we were in the first half.
Niasse was having a very poor game to say the least, so why he wasn't withdrawn within 5 minutes of the second half was beyond me. It was like he had sprayed his boots with WD40 rather than polished them with Dubbin. The desperation for a striker is there, but he needed to be replaced pronto, as there was no outball, and the pressure kept building until they scored.
All in all, this is what I expected when I heard that he had signed to be manager of our club. He will keep us up, but that is about it.