West Ham 1 - 2 United
Fosu-Mensah Smalling Blind Rojo(Valencia)
Fellaini Herrera(Schneiderlin) Carrick
If you read my blog last Sunday, you know I expected a defeat today. I wasn’t feeling too optimistic just because West Ham are currently in a good vein of form, especially when they play at home. Add that to our poor form this season and you’ve got a good reason why I thought we’d be eliminated this evening. The West Ham fans are trying to do the most of the last few remaining games played at the Boleyn Ground and that unique atmosphere that is being creating is definitely spurring their team on.
As we’ve learned during the past couple seasons there are two sides to United; the bad side and the good side. Thankfully, we saw the latter in today’s game. This was a very good performance by Manchester United, the boys have done us proud today. David De Gea was absolutely immense and Fellaini had his best game in a United shirt. I was really happy to see Fellaini shut up some of our fans who started criticising him before a ball was even kicked. Well played. If it wasn’t for our superb goalie, then Fellaini would have definitely been my man of the match. Oh and great goal he scored, the finish was absolutely world-class! ....yes, I’m obviously joking, I would’ve scored that goal too.
No jokes about the first goal though. Rashford scored a goal that had class written all over it. His finish was so impressive that I think I’ve watched its replay a hundred times in a couple hours. Excellent. Also, it’s good to see Rooney back but will he take Rashford’s place once he’s fully fit? That’s a bit of a headache for LVG.
Fosu-Mensah and Smalling had a great game. Blind was a bit shaky against a physical West Ham side. Rojo did a lot of overlapping but his final ball wasn’t so good. Herrera and Martial did well and Lingard should have had a goal to his name. Do not take Carrick’s influence tonight for granted. He deserves another year at Manchester United. His legs are waning, true, but his experience will be vital in our bid to finally get our squad rebuilding right next year.
A big well done goes to the travelling supporters, they looked like they were having the time of their lives. Yes, we’re going to Wembley but I’ll only sing the “Wemberley” song once we get to the final. I always thought the semi finals should never be played at Wembley. That decision ruined a bit the special occasion of playing at Wembley in a final.
Villa next. Come on United.