WBA 1 - 2 United
Smalling Rio(Jones) Vidic(Evans) Fabio
Nani Cleverley Anderson Young
|Outstanding contribution on the left by Young|
So the first away game is out of the way and thankfully we came out on top. Considering that last season we waited until the 23rd of October to grind out a win away from home, this result is more than just welcome. We blew hot and cold but in the end we deserved our win. Rooney scored a very good goal and worked hard for the team but my man of the match was Young who had a say in both of our goals. However, he still needs to work hard on his crosses and needs to realise that he's more than capable of taking defenders on. Our second goal ended in the back of the net after two deflections but we were the better team on the day and I guess the win was well merited.
I'm not going to be disillusioned and say that there was nothing wrong today. Besides the injuries to Rio and Vida, there were a couple of worrying things. First is De Gea. If VDS was in goal WBA's goal would have never happened. He should have done better there but as I said last week, we need to give the young Spaniard some time. The other thing that worried me is that we seem like we'll be experiencing last year's away performances again. Our team is miles ahead of WBA but didn't look like it today. Last year we missed a lot of chances away from home and today Nani missed two easy chances which could have ultimately cost us the game. We need to be more clinical in front of goal and hopefully eliminate the heart stopping games we witnessed last season.
Overall I'm delighted we managed to grind out a result but we need to improve and maybe show last week's exceptional play if we want to beat the much stronger sides away from home. Do we need another signing before the end of the transfer window? I still think that we need an influential central midfielder. Cleverly and Anderson were both outmuscled too often for my liking today. We'll wait and see what happens...In Fergie we trust! Come on United!