Jones(McNair) Carrick Evans
Valencia Mata Rooney(Falcao) Fellaini Young
|On the scoresheet again|
It was a very strange game. The 3-0 scoreline makes you think we totally dominated the game but in reality Liverpool had more clear-cut chances than us and if it wasn't for De Gea, again, we would be talking about a very different scoreline. Our goalie produced some stunning stops today to keep Sterling and Balotelli off the scoresheet. You wouldn't think that a team that won the game 3-0 would have their goalie as the man of the match but that's exactly what happened today. De Gea was our best player. A five star performance.
Every player did reasonably well today with the exception of a few instances when some of our players were a tad too careless. Evans gave Liverpool a way back into the game after passing the ball to Sterling who came face to face with De Gea. The latter saved Evans a right bollocking from van Gaal with a fine block. Had that went in, we would have been in great trouble because there was still a lot of football to be played. Evans looks a bit clueless in a three-man defense. Fellaini didn't start the game brightly as he gave the ball away and stupidly got himself into the ref's book. However, he found his feet as the game wore on and his physical presence was very much needed.
Young and Valencia had a very good game on the wing and Jones returned from injury with a no nonsense performance. Let's hope he can keep himself fit. Carrick's calmness at the back was a joy to watch, he managed to play the ball out of defense superbly. I don't think it's a coincidence that we've been on a winning run since Carrick returned to the team.
|Our second goal shouldn't have stood|
Mata did well although his goal should have never stood. He was clearly in an offside position but I'm not complaining! Our Spaniard also set RVP up for our third. Robin was always on his toes today and looked more like the striker of a couple years ago. Wilson ran his heart out but wasn't as effective as he would've liked neither was substitute Falcao. Rooney opened the score and was always involved in the game. He loves that central midfield role.
What worries me is that there will come a day when De Gea won't be able to get us out of jail. He won't be able to perform miracle saves week in week out. Our defending needs to improve immediately otherwise we'll find a lethal striker who'll punish us. If Sterling had last year's confidence today, Liverpool would have gone into the second half with a lead to defend. It would have been a completely different game.
But amid the ifs and buts, we're winning games and that's all the matters in football. We humiliated the scousers in the same way they humiliated us last year. That horrible game when Suarez's Liverpool annihilated us at Old Trafford last seasons seems like ageeees ago. What a difference some months make! This was our 6th win on the trot and we're going into the festive period very confident. Our upcoming games will be quite testing but are also very winnable. We've got three away fixtures in our upcoming four matches. It will be tough but let's keep the run going boys!