United 2 - 0 Sunderland

Rafael Rio Vida Evra
Park Carrick Anderson(Gibson) Giggs(Macheda)
Berbatov(Chicharito) Rooney
So United gave us the perfect Christmas present with a very good performance and the three points. The football we played during the first 30 minutes was simply a joy to watch and I think that we were a tad unlucky not to have scored 3 more goals during that period. We were bullying the black cat's defence and they were all over the place. Berbatov got a boxing day brace with two fine finishes. He was unlucky not to get his 3rd hat-trick of the season when he hit a fierce shot which rebounded off the post. He also had another terrific and acrobatic attempt well saved by the Sunderland keeper.

Despite a stellar performance from the Bulgarian, I still think that Anderson was the man of the match. The Brazilian, according to the papers, was sick of being at United and sought a move away from Old Trafford a couple of months ago. Roll on today and he has been our best performer during the past month or so. He managed to engineer his way into a team which was playing well and his performances have been a boost to our quest for our 19th league title. He was substituted and although he didn't seem particularly pleased about it, that move was a clear sign from Fergie that he intends to start Ando again in our difficult upcoming match. Well done Ando!!

All midfielders played well. Carrick had another good performances which suggests that he's nearing his full potential while Park and Giggsy started brightly but faded out as the game grew older. I knew Giggs didn't have more than an hour in his legs and he was rightly substituted on the 60 minute mark. Our defence played well once again. Vidic and Rio were an absolute rock at the back while Rafael and Evra defended and attacked with real intent. VDS was a spectator today. He was called into action only once with a fine shot by Zenden, evertyhing else that came his way was cleared by the titanic duo in front of him.

This festive period is pivotal in determining who wins the league. Getting maximum points out of the upcoming matches would put us in an excellent position. We will face Birmingham, West Brom and Stoke in quick succession and I believe we have the capability, with some squad rotation, to beat all three of them. So come on United!!!!!


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