Did playing Murphy outfield cost Donegal a second All-Ireland title under McGuinness?

Colm "the Gooch" Cooper gives his views

Colm 'the Gooch' Cooper

Former Kerry star Colm “the Gooch” Cooper has suggested that Jim McGuinness' choice to play Michael Murphy out the field cost Donegal a second All-Ireland under him.

Cooper told RTE's GAA Podcast: "I still feel we didn't see the best of Michael Murphy. I feel we never saw enough of him at 14 playing on top of the square in every match.

"I think it was a mistake by Donegal because I think they'll look back with the team they had in 2012, they should feel that there was another All-Ireland in them.

"Because they lost to Kerry in '14, they lost two semi-finals and I think that if they were a bit more attack-minded, they could have got more out of Murphy and more out of McFadden and more out of those types of players."

He added: "Think back to that goal against Mayo in 2012 when he played one on one against the guy on top of the square.

"And I think there was so much more in Micheal Murphy in that scenario if we saw him there."

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