United 3 - 2 City
Smalling Rio(Jones) Vidic(Evans) Evra(Rafael)
Nani Carrick(Cleverley) Anderson Young
|Nani first goal had class written all over it. Excellent team goal.|
Brilliant! Absolutely brilliant! Two goals in the space of 8 minutes gave City some false hope but United hit back with a breathtaking second half performance. Don't get me wrong, we were better than City during the first half but there was a gulf in class during the second. To be honest, I think the score flatters City. They didn't deserve a goal, let alone two. City defended and defended and hoped for something from a set piece. That was their way of play. Meanwhile we looked adventurous and ran City ragged.
Every player played his part today but Nani and Young, on the wings, were phenomenal. Youngsters Jones, Evans, Smalling, Welbeck and Cleverley played like they have been playing at the top level for years. Judging by their performance today as well as during the pre-season games, I really think that the future looks very bright. Rio should "stand on his feet" and do his best this season if he doesn't want to see either Jones or Smalling take his place in the team.
However, as always, there were some worrying things. First is Evra's play. He started well and kind of lost his head after the half hour mark and then shook his head and looked frustrated when he got subbed off. Not the right attitude...unless his body language was the result of his performance. The second worrying point is the cheap goals we conceded. Now I know De Gea was thrown into a very tough match but he should have done better with both goals. We'll probably have to see more of those mistakes quite often until we see the finished product so patience will be needed when it come to our young Spaniard. Anyway, overall I'm extremely delighted. Great game to kickstart the season and I honestly cannot wait until the next match day. Come on United!
|Excellent start to the new season|