Villa 2 - 2 United

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Brown Ferdinand Vidic Evra
Nani Fletcher Carrick Park(Smalling)
Berbatov(Macheda) Hernandez(Obertan)

If Rooney was watching this game, he'd be ruing signing that contract on the belief that we have a very good and ambitious squad. It is obvious that our squad isn't near as good as the squad we had two years ago. We had our own share of injury problems but that's not a good excuse for the fact that we still couldn't even beat a team full of inexperienced youngsters. We rode our luck at times, Villa hit the woodwork twice and could have scored more had they been more accurate in front of goal. A penalty and a well worked goal put us 2 goals down and at that stage I thought that we were going to succumb to our first defeat of the season.

However, a stunning strike by Macheda and a good Vidic header put us level with Villa within 5 minutes. I then thought that this match was going our way but some fine goalkeeping and defending by the home team kept us away from the three points. It is good to know that the traditional United never-say-die attitude is still present amongst our players, but I'm tired of having to wait for the opposition team to score before we actually start doing something. From the 80Th minute up until the final seconds of the 5th minute of stoppage time, United were excellent. Question is: Why on earth won't these players start playing like that from kick off? At the start of the season, we had a problem of falling to sleep late in the game. Now, we have a problem of trying to attack too late in the game!

Our midfield was utter crap. They failed to deliver a decent pass. Park and Carrick were horrible, Fletcher tried hard but failed to deliver and Nani had an on and off game. The Portuguese was responsible for giving away the ball cheaply on a couple of occasions, but he then whipped an accurate cross that helped us get the draw. Chicarito looked lively during the first half but faded in the second half. Berbatov could have, and should have, scored early in the first half. Once again he was slow and now I believe that his good form earlier this season was just a fluke. Our central defenders were good, however, Brown and Evra were really troubled by Villa's widemen. The subs Macheda and Obertan played well. Macheda scored and did his best on other occasions while Obertan was unlucky not to score.

I'm not sure what's wrong with this side, but we need to kill opponents during the game rather than wait for the final minutes before we actually start looking threatening. I'm off to enjoy my weekend while I pray for a Chelsea-Arsenal-City slip up. COME ON UNITED!


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