Rafael McNair Rojo Shaw
Di Maria(Thorpe) Rooney(s/o) RVP
As we did last week, we started the game brightly but faded out of it as soon as the opposition scored a goal. We were all over West Ham but one moment of poor goalkeeping brought the Hammers back into the game and it was a struggle from then on. To make matters worse, on the hour mark, Rooney was justly sent off for a blatant foul. I know West Ham must have had their confidence in cloud nine today after their win vs Liverpool but I simply expected better from our boys.
We simply had to win today and we did but only just. We were 2-0 up inside the first 25 minutes and looked like we were going to record a comfortable victory. That's exactly what I thought last week as soon as Di Maria scored that worldy against Leicester. But we all know what happened then. The word 'comfortable' doesn't seem to appear in Man Utd's dictionary this year. We just made life hard for ourselves. Rooney and van Persie scored two good goals but we just stopped when West Ham scored 10 minutes later. From then on, we always looked like conceding. Rooney lost his head and got sent off for a very stupid challenge. I know West Ham were probably going to catch us on the wrong foot with that attack but a simple shirt pull would have floored the player and Rooney would have just got a yellow for his troubles. Instead he made a knee high dangerous tackle. Deserved to be sent off.
I could barely look at the screen during the final 20 minutes. Our defence were having to deal with some decent West Ham play. The Hammers did score the equaliser but it was ruled out for offside. PHEW! In the end we hung on to the lead and won our second game of the season. It's good to get the three points but there's plenty of room for improvement.
The biggest positives today were probably McNair and Rojo's performances as well as Rafael's. Di Maria had an off day while Falcao is in desperate need to get a goal. Hopefully he'll get going as soon as he scores his first.
I'm off. I'll be going on a week long holiday in less than 24 hours and I still haven't packed yet.