West Ham 1 - 1 United
Valencia Jones Rojo Shaw(s/o)
Di Maria Blind Rooney Januzaj(Fellaini)
van Persie Falcao(Smalling)
Our first half performance was so dreadful that it almost hurt my eyes. I expected it to be a tough game but to have Falcao, van Persie, Di Maria and Rooney and only mustering one shot at goal during the first 45 minutes is something on the verge of shameful. By half time, we were still in the game thanks to De Gea who made some terrific saves.
We conceded a goal early in the second half, a brilliant finish which was deflected by Blind. Perhaps the fact that we conceded so early was a blessing. After the goal, our players finally tried to do something but despite all the huffing and puffing we still couldn’t score. Falcao and van Persie missed two sitters, both should have scored. Thankfully, Daley Blind managed to win us a point right at the death. It was definitely a point won rather than two lost, West Ham would have run out worthy winners if they won the game.
I’m starting to fear that we won’t be able to make it into the top four. We only won 3 games away from home and were extremely lucky in two of those three. At home, although not setting the world alight, we’re doing just fine. Our away form is very worrying though. What’s even more worrying is van Gaal’s long ball tactic. This tactic seems to work on occassions because our goal was the result of a West Ham defender clearing after some pressure from our big Belgian. However, that is just not Man Utd. The long ball system is not Man Utd. It is so boring. I miss that brilliant attacking football we got used to seeing under Fergie. It’s been a while since we’ve seen some decent wing play in one of our Premier League games. Rooney is not playing in his position. Di Maria is looking clueless in this system. Falcao is ridiculously off form and Van Persie isn’t better. Perhaps it’s time to give Wilson and Rooney a start up front. We need to start winning these away games. All teams trailing us are too close for comfort.
Home to Burnley next. Let’s get a convincing win.