A fiery debate was sparked on MUTV this week, when Paddy Crerand claimed the 2018 World Cup has been
“low on quality” and
“lacking an outstanding team”.
“one of the best in recent history”, with so many entertaining matches and upsets.
Our ManUtd.com reporters are also split on the conversation, as well as fans on Twitter! Before you join the discussion, check out the debate on The Paddy Crerand Show in the video below…
I’m with Maysie - ManUtd.com’s Adam Marshall
The World Cup, of course, highlights what a global game it really is and I love the intensity of the competition and what it means to so many people. I watched last weekend’s games in Madrid and there were fans supporting all of the countries involved and going through the gamut of emotions as the action unfolded in the knockout stages. Penalty shoot-outs are never dull.
The matches have, in the main, been enjoyable and many big stars have lived up to their hype, while most of the games have been on a knife-edge with something usually at stake – Belgium versus England aside. I may be against VAR but it’s added to the drama and there have already been some unforgettable moments, with the promise, no guarantee, of more to come.
I’m with Paddy - ManUtd.com’s Mark Froggatt
Russia 2018 has undoubtedly been entertaining – the games have been tight, competitive and unpredictable – but Paddy is right to question the quality of football on show. This tournament is meant to showcase the greatest teams and players in the world, yet the majority of big nations have disappointed: Germany performed terribly, Spain tanked, Argentina were a mess and Italy didn’t even qualify. Brazil, the clear favourites to win, and history's great entertainers, have also abandoned flamboyancy for functionality.
Here in England, we absolutely love it because the Three Lions finally look like an ambitious, confident, likeable team with a genuine chance of glory (it’s coming home lads!). But if you take away that bias and consider the quality of the 32 nations, has it really been all that? I'm not sure it has and, in years to come, the football world may look back on 2018 as an underwhelming competition.
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@BrianHolmes9 paddy 1000000% spot on as usual. Most unbiased and straight down the middle pundit on our screens— Kevin Finnerty (@KevinFinnerty7) July 6, 2018
Paddy's correct. Standards low. No outstanding team. And yet it's still a good World Cup. People get bored of watching a procession. Unpredictability makes things interesting.— TimBobbins (@2018Time4Change) July 6, 2018
Entertainment and drama wise absolutely it has been one of the best.— Ant Dale (@Ant_Dale86) July 6, 2018
I think they’re both right. Exciting but poor quality in terms of performances. One of the best World Cups ever still— Mikuz (@Mikuz) July 6, 2018
for me it's very entertaining. some unexpectedly boring games, and some absolute beauties. and not over yet.— Simon Novosel (@_seeke) July 6, 2018
Playacting aside, it’s been a brilliant World Cup. A few shocks, some amazing goals and VAR actually can work.— Stuart O'Hara (@StuartOHara83) July 6, 2018
Spain Germany, Portugal all out. That’s why the World Cup has been great, because every team now in the quarter finals have a great chance to win it.— Ross Tuckwood (@TuckwoodRoss) July 6, 2018
I agree with Pat Crerand. Quality wise most of the teams have churned out below par performances. As for England's chances, they are in the weaker half...however continuing with Sterling will nip their dreams..it is time Rashford is given a start...— STANLEY DANIEL (@Stanley2608) July 6, 2018
I would say this world cup is the most interesting in recent years, a very aggressive tournament like everyone is playing with their lives and the introduction of VAR makes it more judgemental— Olajide Wakeel Saliu (@olajawsglobal) July 6, 2018
Paddy's right poor football on show at best but because all teams are on a par it's been entertaining cos it's wide open..no Italy no holland, Spain n Germany gone..shows how poor the level of international football is atm— biggins (@brian0574) July 6, 2018
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