From the start of the season I think I can speak for everyone in saying Manchester United aren’t favorites for the title this season. From a wasted transfer window From the first couple of games there has been no spark in the team except for the obvious Van Persie. Manchester United have numerous years now, began the season off very slowly, and this year is again no exception.
The game today against Crystal Palace summed United’s start off really. United’s end product was again lackadaisical and non-eventful. Rooney has come back from injury and shown a spark but one of no conviction until his remarkable free kick, which shows he has the world class ability we all love to see on the rare occasion. Unfortunately I feel he still doesn’t have that world class edge back, and players like Hernandez and (when back from injury) Welbeck deserve more playing time until then.
Fabio shows he is the final choice in what is an injury struck right back position. He lacks the clinical decision making that Rafael possesses in and around the box, and looks lost in defence, losing his position, which brings Ferdinand and Carrick across to cover the side of the pitch. On the other hand Vidic has been the solid centre back that every team dreams to have. It is easier to get past a brick wall than Vidic, all during which he commands the back four and shows why he is Captain of the team.
Carrick in midfield again has had a great performance which is awarded with man of the match. In his usual holding midfield position he has commanded the midfield, pushing forwards with lovely long and short touch passes. Anderson again showed he shouldn’t be starting for United as he floated around the pitch in no man’s land. Fellaini came on and showed him how to play that position by controlling the ball, and showing aerial threat in and around the box.
Man united deserved the win but got lucky with how they got it, with a penalty and red card that shouldn’t have been given due to the tackle being outside the box. There is still the unanswered question as to where Kagawa is?
But at the end of the day there are positives to come from the match, with Fellaini showing he can be a starter for Moyes and the line-up gelling more as a team. Most importantly it was Moyes’ first win at Old Trafford after 12 matches.