United 3 – 2 Braga

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 personal views on the game…

Iwan: (@Iwanlehnert)

That was probably as routine as a come-from-behind victory gets, to be honest. Braga started positively and took advantage of some shocking (now standard) defending, scored two goals, and then we started playing. To be honest, I can’t admit to being humongously worried at 0-2, because I was pretty confident that chances would come. At the minute, we’re blessed with such quality going forward that we’re going to create opportunities; it’s just simply a case of who is lucky enough to get on the end of them. As arrogant as that sounds, there’s a lot of weight behind it considering that our goals-to-game ratio is over 2:1 at the minute. Even better that one of the most enthusiastic and hard-working players I’ve ever seen scored twice.

I’ll admit it, I was genuinely worried that Hernandez was going to end up surplus to requirements once Van Persie arrived in the summer, and that he’d get frozen out like…..wait, what’s his name…..Beebop? Last night doesn’t suddenly propel him into the status of an immediate starter, but much like he did two years ago, Hernandez has shown that if presented with a decent chance, he’ll score. His positional play is nothing short of awesome, and he’s probably the best natural finisher at the club. Welbeck, as good as he has been, has been guilty of spurning some decent chances this season, and on a night where we had to come from behind for the umpteenth time, that sort of lethal edge is priceless. Of course, if Cleverley can cross like that consistently then we’ll be laughing after every match. Thing of beauty, it was.

There was a worry that Ferguson was already looking beyond Braga by taking Ferdinand and Evra out of the starting XI and potentially weakening the team, and it almost backfired terribly. Still, criticising our defending is like kicking a table; anyone can do it, it’s pointless and it doesn’t seem to make a bloody bit of difference how ever many times you do it, no one pays any attention. They need to sharpen up, and the boss knows it. We won’t beat better teams in this competition if we decide to gift them a two goal advantage, and the boss knows that too. Chelsea are up next and unless we desperately want to slip seven points off the pace, we need to buckle up from the first minute. I’m still waiting to see a fix for this issue like the rest of you, and I’m hoping it comes soon. The way our forwards are playing at the minute just makes things seem a little brighter though, eh?

Moment of the night: Hernandez’s winner, swiftly followed by repeated use of the word ‘Gaffer’ in the post-match ITV interview. He is, quite simply, the most endearing human being alive

Brett:

I got over my existential crisis fairly quickly in the end – such is the nature of talking a lot of nonsense for what sometimes seems like the sake of it (What?!). If anyone sees me tweeting during games please do something – a couple of levels down from shooting me – like, call me a name, or something. I promised myself I wouldn’t do it. I’m really bad at it; a) my internet connection is terrible and b) It’s distracting from what’s actually going on. Don’t get me wrong I enjoy seeing what other’s have to say, especially the silly things, but I end up not watching the game. What’s the use in that?!

I’ve not felt so comfortable during a game when we’re trailing 0-2 in a long, long time – I just couldn’t see us not coming back into it. I didn’t feel like we were playing awful – Kagawa aside – and was relatively pleased with much of what I saw. Braga are no mugs, Carrick is no defender and Wootton and Booottner are not experienced, so it stands to reason bad things will happen. They did. We got over it. Get over it.

Was great to see Chicha getting amongst the goals and more importantly showing that tenacity (and getting the break of the ball) that seemed to have deserted him recently. Very brilliant in fact. Was also great to see Rooney looking a little bit more like what we expect. Still a way to go, but I feel the signs are good there. RVP is wonderful. Fletcher is plateuxing :-(

MOTM: Giggsy – For his 12 seconds of  mentalness, the like of which will never be seen again, nor should be. BUT extraordinary all the same, and when do you take me seriously anyway?

“Smile, it might never happen.”

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