City 0 - 1 United
Darmian(Mensah) Smalling Bling Rojo(Valencia)
Lingard Mata(Schweinsteiger) Martial
I was supposed to be camping till Monday evening but a stomach virus brought me back home early. I was obviously peeved at having to leave the campsite and my friends but every cloud has a silver lining and this virus’ silver lining was the fact that I was home in time to watch the Manchester derby…..and thank fuck I watched the game! This performance was certainly something to smile about in this horrible horrible season.
Given the circumstances, our first half was an excellent display with a mixture of crisp passes and a decent chance here and there. Defensively we were solid. Chris Smalling definitely our man of the match followed closely by Schneiderlin who was a machine in front of our back four. Him and Carrick were in control all game long, even when we looked like we were suffering City’s pressure. Oh, and what a last ditch tackle by Carrick to deny City scoring late on! This was also Darmian’s best performance in a while. Shame he had to switch sides because he’s most definitely at his best on the right.
At the front, Lingard, Rashford and Martial caused City’s slow defence all sort of troubles. Rashford scored his 5th goal of the season and was denied a stonewall penalty by today’s ref Micheal Oliver. The ref didn’t have the best of games, he should have sent Chris Smalling off for a second bookable offence but opted not to. I’m definitely not complaining about that. Rashford had a very good performance as his running to the channels gave our midfielders some passing options. Martial has the ability of getting past defenders for fun. What a player we’ve got on our hands. Mata had a good game too as he set up Rashford to calmly place the ball past Hart.
A good result that puts us just 1 point away from City. Obviously, since we got a good result, something catastrophic is probably just round the corner. A lackluster performance and three dropped points against Everton in a fortnight? Probably. We’ve had a lot of false dawns; you just know we’ll manage to throw this good position away somehow. Fingers crossed we don’t. Come on United!