United 2 - 0 WBA
Jones Rio Evans Evra
Welbeck(Cleverley) Carrick Scholes(Pogba) Young
After that defeat vs Athletic Bilbao I was quite disappointed but not really gutted. In my eyes, the Premier League is more important than the Champions League, never mind the Europa League. The Premier League matches are the games that matter an awful lot and therefore I'm pleased our team showed up and played attractive football today. Mind you, if we pull off a comeback on Thursday I'd be delighted but deep down I know what I want United to win and that is the Premier League.
|Another brace for Roo|
Rooney scored two goals to put United on top of the league but in reality we could have scored 4 more. Welbeck missed some decent chances and Chicharito rattled the post and fluffed a couple of chances as well. Those misses were stains in what otherwise was an excellent performance from our strikers. Chicharito looked very sharp while our Danny dribbled past WBA's defenders with ease and won every race for the ball. However, he needs to cut the tippy tappy football inside the penalty area. Young had another good game today and he finally managed to dribble past his marker several times. Although I thought he wasn't up to the task on Thursday, he looks to be coming back to form in the premier league and judging by his performance today he certainly looks like a player oozing confidence. Scholes and Carrick controlled the midfield majestically while Rooney was his usual self. Passing, scoring and running his arse off.
|Evans has been excellent recently|
This was probably one of the few performances this season when none of our defenders put a foot wrong. Although, if I'm honest, Evra was a bit clumsy when he floored Odemwinge during the second half. That could have easily been a penalty. However, both our full backs were like engines bombing forward on every possible occasion while Rio's calm performance was only overshadowed by the ever improving Evans. The goalie was assured and was confident enough to clutch or punch a couple of corner kicks during the game.Well done to all.
Now I'm obviously saying a thing or two about the return of Pogba in the squad. His inclusion today is certainly a sign from Fergie that shows that the Frenchman has agreed terms with United. Although I'm not a fan of having players, especially if unproven, holding the club to ransom, I'm pretty pleased that such a talent has seen the light. Moving away from Old Trafford would be a huge step down the footballing ladder, especially if he'd moved to Juventus who are still a shadow of their glorious past. So let's hope his 20 minutes today mean that he's signed a new contract.
All in all I'm delighted. We're at the place where we belong and while I admit that our game vs Wolves away could be tricky, I'm more than confident that our boys will emerge on top, unlike last year. It feels so good to be on top. Let's hope we don't drop points in the upcoming winnable games. Athletic Bilbao next. We need a 2-0 win to keep ourselves in this Cup. I guess Fergie should go for it. Scrap that, he WILL go for it! Come on United!
|Welbeck is a great footballer. All he needs to do is to cut the fancy football in the penalty area.|