United 1 - 0 Tottenham
At last United managed to get a win in this new season. The match proved to be different from the previous United matches, United barely posed any real threat to Robinson all match. In my opinion there were only 3 decent shots during the match from United, the goal by Nani, a shot by Scholes and a shot by Tevez which was cleared off the line. To be honest Tevez should have done better because his final shot was tame. The first half was really boring in my point of view, but at least the second half was a little bit better although we didn't see the entertainment provided by United last year during most of our premiership matches.
United started pretty slowly, in fact Tottenham could have scored after a few seconds, but to my relief, the ball hit the post. After the 10th minute, United seemed to take control of the match, United tried to attack but failed to trouble goalie’ Robinson. In fact I don’t recall one decent shot on goal, except for that by Carrick. Our only striker, Tevez worked hard all half, but he was too isolated, there was no one to help him up front. Saha who was supposed to be fit for this match, but didn’t make it to the substitutes bench. A late horrible miss cued shot by Hargreaves closed the curtains on a pretty mediocre first half.
As mentioned earlier, the second half was way better than the first one. From a neutral's point of view I think it was quite entertaining, though I must emphasize that I miss the football played by United last season. Both teams had their chances, Berbatov went agonisingly close when his shot somehow managed to pass through Van Der Sar's legs but thanks to a heroic tackle by Ferdinand the ball didn't end at the back of the net. No wonder the Old Trafford faithful kept chanting Rio's name during the second half, in my opinion that clearance spared our blushes. Practically seconds later another shot was blocked by our brave defence, this time Wes Brown was called to the scene and blocked a dangerous shot by Berbatov, it appeared that Brown blocked the ball using his hands, oh well, thank God the ref is blind. A few minutes later it was the Spurs turn to defend against our 'forwards', they managed to do so successfully and blocked away Tevez's shot but only temporarily as the ball fell to Nani who drilled in a stunning effort. Pure class! After this goal, Tottenham gave me a couple of frights but thankfully they didn't equalise.
At last we witnessed a United win in this new campaign, and I hope it won't be the last. Well surely it won't be the last, but another blop and our title aspirations would be dead and buried. I'm not quite convinced by United's performance, I really believe that our previous performances were better but after all it's goals that count, and we managed to score our second of the season, two of the best goals scored so far in the premier league in my opinion. Anyway our next match is against Sunderland, and I expect nothing else but a win. Hopefully Saha will be able to play and help Tevez up front. Until then, keep the red flag flyin high, we're back on track.
Player Ratings : VDS - 6, Brown - 6, Vidic - 7, Ferdinand - 6, Evra - 6, Hargreaves - 7, Nani - 7, Scholes - 6, Giggs - 5, Carrick - 6, Tevez - 6. (Subs : Eagles-5, Fletcher-6)