Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Manchester United News & Views
Vs CSKA Moscow (1-0).
It was a very composed patient performance against the Russians. United bided their time, knew chances would come & just needed to capitalize on them. This is exactly what Valencia did as the Red Devils are virtually in the second phase with a home game again against CSKA up next. The player that stood out for me in this game was the Serbian Krasic. The physically imposing midfielder caused United a lot of problems. His pace & skill helped him threaten Van Der Sar’s goal on more than one occasion. I’m sure we will be seeing more from him right through to the World Cup as the Serbs head for South Africa.
V Liverpool (2-0)
Liverpool were clearly the better team in the clash at Anfield. They just pressured & harried United for 90 minutes, thereby creating more chances & could have easily been 2-0 up at half time. They had more desire about them & United’s midfield just couldn’t cope. Is that a sign of an aged Paul Scholes? Together with Carrick & Rooney up front the offense was largely ineffective. Rooney should not have started & Giggs would have been more effective playing a central role. Maybe a 4-5-1 with Berbatov playing the lone striker & more bodies in midfield could have allowed us some dominance. The contstant rotation in midfield really isn’t helping. United need an established hard man in the center, Fletcher is starting to come around but injury meant he was sorely missed in this game. In the second half United’s defense stepped up to turn the tide & played a dangerous high line. Liverpool countered to great effect & when Valencia hit the cross bar the writing was on the wall. Questions about Rio Ferdinand’s form are ever increasing. He was caught for pace against Torres but then again Van Der Sar was beaten at his near post. So the blame has to be shared. But if Fergie knows he is off form why the hell start him in the first place when Jonny Evans looks more stable. Surely Vidic needs to come under some scrutiny every time he gets caught flat footed he commits defensive suicide. Being sent off for the third time in the same fixture is cause for alarm. Fergie admittedly claimed United were second best & I’m sure there is a new found respect for the scousers.
Last night’s game against Barnsley was a good recovery game. Mark Robins has quietly gone on with business since he left United 2 decades ago. Now manager of Barnsley the British press holds him responsible for saving Fergies career. Its load of BS really cos if Fergie hadn’t delivered the first title in 1991 I’m sure he would still have been sacked. Gabriel Obertan made a mediocre debut & looked like he still needs to adjust to the pace of the English game. Another red card & the 4th one this season for United, Neville the culprit this time. Always nice to see Owen score & did he score a beauty.
Analyzing the weekends results United were in fact very lucky as both Man City & Arsenal dropped points. If City had won & with their game in hand second position would have been under threat. The fixtures are coming in thick & fast & the Red Devils are away to Chelsea in a couple of week’s time & a Carling Cup quarterfinal fixture in the mix. Its Blackburn at home this weekend.