Sunday, May 19, 2013

WBA 5 - 5 United

Lindegaard
Valencia Jones Evans(Rio) Buttner
Kagawa(Scholes) Carrick Anderson Cleverley(Giggs) 
RVP Chicharito



Given that it was the final game of the season and the title has been wrapped for 3 weeks, that was one hell of a game. A game brimming with excellent attacking football and very poor defending. Although it was quite worrying to see our side let in 5 goals, I will excuse the boys and reflect on a truly entertaining game.

Hernandez, Kagawa and Valencia were excellent. It was a joy to see Chicharito play with so much enthusiasm. He deserved his goal. Kagawa's passing was terrific while Valencia made 2 assists and put in  several good balls into the box. Something our Ecuadorian hasn't done this season. Well done the trio.

Cleverley and Anderson were efficient in their play. The latter managed to play all 90 minutes and looked exhausted by the final whistle. I reckon that's the last game Anderson has played in a United shirt. That's probably the reason Ferguson gave him a full game. I like the guy but I'm not sure he's United quality. Decent squad player though. At the front, RVP was a tad quiet today but still managed to score his 30th of the season! 

Some of our players tried to be too smart on a handful of occasions and that's probably the reason we didn't get the three points today. Buttner and Carrick were the two who could have done with less tricks and more effective play. But today marks the end of a wonderful season and such play is comprehensible, especially from Carrick who seems to be overwhelmed with the recognition he's got this year.

Lindegaard had a nightmare but, to be fair, our defenders left him too exposed. If I remember correctly, WBA's final two goals came from Buttner's side. The guy has got plenty of room for improvement if he wants to become a regular at United. He's very good on the attack but his defending leaves much to be desired. Much like Rafael of two years ago.

I must mention WBA's Lukaku. The guy was terrific. Chelsea surely have got a very good player waiting to get a chance at Stamford Bridge. Let's hope they overlook him and squander more money on stars who aren't half as good as this young Belgian. 

We were cruising 5-2 but everything crumbled as soon as Scholes entered the field of play. This game is perhaps a testament to why Scholes made the right decision to call it a day(again). He could still spray passes at astonishing accuracy but he can't keep up with the speed of the games and that's perfectly understandable at his age. He's been a wonderful servant to the club and probably my favorite all-time United player. A proper legend. 

As for the great Man himself? I've sung his praises over and over again. There will never ever be someone like Sir Alex. 

So a great big THANKS goes to all Manchester United players for a wonderful season. We are fitting Champions of England. Thank you Paul Scholes for giving your absolute best for the United cause. Thank you Sir Alex for restoring Manchester United to the excellence of the Sir Matt Busby days.

(I will upload my season's player ratings in the upcoming week and then will only blog once United are active in the transfer market. There will be a lot of changes during the summer, it surely is an exciting time to be a United follower.)



"It’s not the end of Manchester United as far as winning titles is concerned. This club will win titles and win trophies."
- Sir Alex Ferguson

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