United 4 - 2 Stoke
Rafael Rio Evans Evra
Valencia Carrick Scholes(Anderson) Welbeck(Chicharito)
|Our strikers were on song|
Once again we started the game on a bad note but, just as I had expected, we recovered quite well and produced a very good attacking display. We're abiding by the "I can score more goals than you" policy and that, it seems, will be what we'll be witnessing during this season. We're vividly shaky at the back but boy we're really good up front. Roo and Welbeck scored two superb headers while RVP directed a very good Valencia cross into the back of the net. Our Rooney did get three goals to his name but unfortunately he put one of the goals into the back of our net. He did atone for that early error though by scoring a brace and producing a fine assist.
I will try and forget that we're letting in too many goals. We only managed two clean sheets during this year's PL but let's forget that and look at the bright side. Attacking wise we're just brilliant. You don't spend all that dosh on RVP and not expect to score at least a goal per game. We've averaged 2.6 goals per game and are currently the leading scorers in the PL. RVP has obviously got a say in that stat but apart from our newest addition, Roo and Welbeck were also on song today. The former was involved in all 4 goals(5 goals if you add Stoke's first ;) ) and the latter scored his first of the season. Welbeck was unlucky not two add two more to his name. Well, to be honest, I think he SHOULD have got another goal or two to his name.
Valencia on the right was his usual self, bulldozing his way through the Stoke defence and getting an assist as well. Scholes had a poor game, he could have easily been sent off while our other central midfielder, Carrick, was up to the task. Although I did say we're shaky at the back, I don't think the defence did much bad today either. Both the goals they conceded were the result of some luck for the visitors.
If I had to choose between last year's football, based on rock solid defensive performances and winning by a goal, and this year's football, I'd definitely choose this year's attacking performances. The problem is that against the really strong teams, we won't be given that much space to exploit should we find ourselves behind. We'll see what happens soon vs Chelsea. Braga next.