We’re inviting some of our Twitter friends to share some of their ‘Pre and Post Match’ thoughts with us from now on. You can still enjoy my nonsensical, confusing punctuation buffets below their proper good ones…
I blame my headphones breaking this morning for the fact I had a full forty minute walk to work to mull over pretty much every aspect of Saturday’s match for what felt like the third time. Fair play, I’ve checked and the world didn’t end. What probably made it all feel worse was that, barring the large lapse in concentration that led to Dempsey’s winner, United’s second half performance was a glimpse of what we know our club is capable of when they put the effort in. In the spirit of looking forward, let’s keep it brief;
Dissecting Spurs Saturday
*Starting Carrick, Scholes and Giggs with the likes of Lennon and Bale starting back was suicidal.
* 4-5-1 or 4-3-3, whatever formation you like that involves a single striker, it does not properly work for us. I’ve hated it for years and time hasn’t sweetened it. We have four strikers and few decent central midfielders, so why bother playing to our weakness?
*Rooney and Van Persie probably aren’t going to hit it off like Cole and Yorke did in September 1998, as evidenced by the fact that they kept trying to play the “No, I Want To Score!” game instead of being a bit more patient and generous with each other. It’ll come, though.
*Nani needs a fire under his backside more often. His crossing was still wayward, and he still makes those crazy shots that go into row ZZZ when he needs to keep calm and look for options, but he’s not half as appalling as people have been suggesting.
*That’s 5 out of 6 league games we’ve fallen behind in this season. If we keep fobbing the lead off each week then it’s going to come back and bite us in the backside.
So, it wasn’t something I ate.
You don’t have to attend every after match reaction post you’re invited to, so I’m keeping this brief – This result was coming (and besides I pretty much talked about most of what happened in the pre-match bit, but in a different tense. Kind of.)
We’re not in terrible shape, we’ve had a few injuries to deal with which has meant Fergie has been extra “testing” with his team selections. Slow starters – remember? We’re slow starters. (Is it still the start? Just.)
Good stuff: Kagawa’s goal was a beauty. Rooney looked sharp.
Good/Bad Stuff: Scholesy is still about our best player.
Misc Stuff: Nani is Nani is Nani is Nani (Have I said that before? If not – why not?).
“Things shake most just before a breakthrough”