Seven wins in a row!


I was planning to write a review up yesterday but stalled as I got occupied with work. One of my colleagues ran into traffic and couldn’t make it to work on time.

I did not watch much of the first half and certainly missed both the goals. I caught up in the last half hour of the game. What I did notice though was the players of the attacking mentality were tiring up a bit.

Nearly naming the very same starting line up from the Spurs win, Ole wants to keep the momentum rolling. That is why I believe it is essential for us to kill off teams in the first hour so that the players can have bit of a respite with keep ball or ringing in the subs.

Some of the players also end up unnecessarily picking up knocks, like Rashford opening up his knee towards the end.

While the nervousness was palpable when they pulled one back, our keeper was never really troubled. I have waited really long to see Victor lead the central partnership and it’s good to finally see a manager allowing him to play his style of defending.

Young continues to put in unbelievable shifts for his age at RB. Dalot exhibits the usual naivety of youth. Lingard is just brilliant as a false 9. He has the best one touch football in our entire attacking line and had he been in the positions Pogba had to strike the ball yesterday, there was no doubt at the bare minimum, the keeper would have been worked.

Pogba was a bit off the mark yesterday. And Albion did bring in changes in the second half that did effect our performance.

Nevertheless, its good to be back in the mix up top and fighting. Arsenal thumping Chelsea means the doors is now wide open to top 3.

Aston Villa 0-1 Manchester United 14 August Review


To see Januzaj getting a start after so long was indeed a pleasant surprise. Considering Memphis didn’t get off to a great debut, giving him the wing seemed the right way as Young made way for him. 
The first 15 min of the game was an indication of what both Sherwood and van Gaal had in mind, solid defensive start, nobody making off the ball forward runs. As a result it was such a drab viewing with the match looking like a training outfit. 

Mata’s vision found Januzaj driving into open space and with a wonderful dummy turning up the villa captain completely before slotting in the far corner with his weaker foot. The celebrations were muted from the young lad, whose future at one point was under question towards the end of last season. 

The full backs were not interested in bombing forward however Amavi the Aston villa full back spurted forward with great pace and had good joy quite a few times one on one with both Darmian and Smalling. 

The goalkeepers were fairly untroubled throughout the game as United struggled to put forth shots on target. 

Wayne Rooney who has such a prolific record against villa didn’t get a sniff as he ran rugged and spent most of the time coming back in a defensive role. Am sure if we see his hotmap he will not be seen even for 25% of the game in the box. 

Memphis still has not impressed me. Blind was not troubled this time either as United keep two clean sheets in a row. 

Player verdict

Romero 7.5

Shaw 8.0

Blind 7.5

Smalling 7.5

Darmian 7.5

Memphis 7.0

Carrick 7.5 

Schneiderlein 7.5

Mata 7.5

Wayne 7.0

Adnan 8.0

Manchester United 1-0 Tottenham Spurs 2015-16


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The first game of the season, the early kick off, the money has been thrown in, I was eager just for the ball to start kicking yet again.

 

Solid start to the game with the first quarter totally in Tottenham’s hands. They had the tempo, looked more slick in possession and united looked a bit dead for pace. Fortuitously Eriksen’s half volley off a wonderfully crafted over the top pass from Kane found its way just over the crossbar. However, an erroneous pass from Bentaleb in the midfield triggered a wonderful three pass break. Unfortunate for Walker who made an effort to clip the ball off the feet of  Wazza before he could pull the trigger, the ball painfully trickled past an outstretched arm of Vorm into the bottom corner.

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Using the momentum, United made few more searching forward surges, then the first half slowly petered out.  The stand out player in the first half was Darmian as he looked comfortable on both feet, confident one on one and with good pace to keep the players interested. Romero’s distrubution has been nervy but his shot stopping was unnerving. Schneiderlin’s tackles and strength has been impressive. Not a lot gets through him.

 

The second half resumed in the same tempo, with both teams playing compact football with short passes. Darmian yet again was live in the box as Spurs threaten off a break from their third of the pitch. Michael carrick made way for Bastian to pair up in midfield with Schneidelin.  Memphis and Wayne are yet to form a formidable link up, Romero has improved his movement and is early to the ball and decisive especially from crosses.

 

Memphis made way for Herrera. For his debut, playing behind Wayne, he didn’t really get his game going. Herrera added speed to the midfield while Bastian’s fiest earned him a yellow card. Rooney had the opportunity for an overhead spectacular as Darmian stormed down the right wing to cross, but he didn’t connect. The dead ball opportunity fell for Wayne again when Young got clipped outside the box but he flew it too high. Think he needs to be more prepared if he is to be aiming for a 25+ season.

 

Darmian got to leave ten minutes before the end of the game to a well deserved applause, the best player in the red shirt today. Valencia got caught out twice as he replaced Darmian and clearly it offered Romero to show his ball stopping ability. Smalling has impressed in his new role in the team and apart from a misunderstanding with Romero, which he himself recovered.

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Romero does really well in the end to scramble one out of the danger area and to stop a really powerful low strung shot. Manchester united looked nervy in the last few minutes of official time.

 

Overall, despite the quality of performance, more importantly its the three points.

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My overall verdict on the players performance today:

Romero 8.0

Shaw 7.0

Blind 7.0

Smalling 7.5

Damian 8.5

Young 7.5

Schneiderlin 7.5

Carrick 7.0

Mata 7.0

Memphis 6.5

Rooney 7.0

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