Have we all gotten over the BIGGEST SHOCK OF ALL TIME SHOCKING SHOCKS?! Good, we can begin…
The key to this period is patently going to be how Fergie shuffles the few defenders who still have enough of their limbs in working order, along with the squad players he perceives as those who can “do a job” back there. You’d be forgiven for thinking it might be an idea to give the yoof a chance, as we are reputedly respected for … actually, who am I kidding?! TV right back and Carrick centre back it is!! I would personally prefer that not to be the case, I mean how many wrongs exactly does it take to make a right? In losing Carrick from midfield and TV from the right mid, surely we’re potentially creating as many problems as we’re attempting to paper over? At least Fulham don’t have a Fellaini shaped second striker.
Speaking of Fulham they started the season amazingly, didn’t they?! (It was rhetorical) Not taking anything away from them – scoring five goals against any Premiership opposition is no mean feat – (can you sense a but coming) BUT they were against a Norwich side trying to adapt to a new manager. A Norwich side that are not going to find the start of the season particularly comfortable with all the changes, coupled with a lack of any real investment in the squad (not to say I think they’ll be relegated … YET!). None of that is Fulham’s fault of course, they can only thrash the struggling team in front of them. And thrash they did. The confidence from that start should see them approach this game with a bit about them, I just don’t think they’ve got quite enough and this game couldn’t have come round soon enough for us.
Rooney and Nani particularly got a bit of stick for their performances against Everton which could see Nani making way for Ashley Young. As for Rooney … Is he undroppable? This season will certainly answer that question. Welbeck looked sharper, but it was inevitably he – not Rooney – that made way for RvP. Let’s hope Fergie sorts out his blind spot and quickly. Welbeck for RvP might well be a change being considered, but I gave up second guessing what goes on in Fergie’s mind tank a while ago.
I was ecstatic with Kagawa’s performance and think we’ve really struck gold there. Can’t wait to see much more of him (I may as well attach this sentence to every prediction).
I’m going with a safe, predictable 2-1. I can’t see us keeping a clean sheet period (Still not sure if I have to do a full stop after that – I will anyway).
Goals: RvP and Vidic
Key Man: Carrick