Bruno teaches Manchester United football

Absolute masterclass from the Portugese midfield magician. After a cagey first half, United were struggling to make good moves in the final third.

Second half turned out to be a very exciting prospect. Why on earth can’t Martial be human? Merciless footwork from an impossible angle to score. 9 out of 10 strikers don’t even stand a chance there, would only look to find another player in the box. Bruno behind Martial is exactly what we need.

Unfortunate Rashford has a long lay off, imagine Bruno feeding Martial and Rashford. That would be sumptuous. Really happy today, after a long while.

Glorious United

These football matches that come after a break are always inviting, especially when it is a fixture that fits into my free time. Expectations are low when United plays nowadays, nevertheless, the form against top teams has been ever impressive this season, so there was hope. Bruno showing off his set piece in training made it all the more exciting.

This game was by no means a one sided affair. If any, Chelsea had more opportunities, appeared way more fluid and more likely to score in pretty much the entire first half. The front five of United appeared disjointed until Martial leaped on to head one in before half time. With a good mix of meaty tackles, and of course VAR getting involved quite often, the energy and fiesty nature festered throughout the game.

Whilst the result is flattering, will be interesting to see how United follows this one up in the Europa League.

A step closer to reaching out to top 4, a step in the right direction.

Baby steps forward

I got some popcorn from the nearby cooperative to settle in for the crunch Liverpool Manchester United fixture at work. It was a light evening, and I had no patients at the time of the match.

3-5-3 with the available players sounded very good on paper. Throttling Liverpool where they are really good, literally shutting down the flanks seemed to me like a fantastic decision. Blighted with injuries of course, United had to go in with B team midfield. Absence of Rashford was striking.

We got under the skin of the home team until the first goal. They looked nervy, overwhelmed by the occasion and didn’t seem to be able to get off the blocks.

But then, one moment of madness, a set play from a corner with an unpardonable free header for Van meant Liverpool got the license to play their game. With the home crowd cheering them on, waves of attack penetrated United. De Gea turns up for the big games and crucially with some wonderful saves to keep it at 1-0 at HT. However the front men of Pool kept missing at point blank chances, else it could have been a massacre. Looks like the occasion did get to all of them.

What I would prefer Ole to do is, to risk it, take another chance in the game. He went to plan B with the changes only in the last 15 min, a tad too late. Positive signs, had we taken our frugal chances, this would have been a much better contest.

Salah celebrating the last goal like they won the league, is a measure of under how much pressure their team was.

The Red Revolution

Two games, two high profile opponents. One marking return of former manager. Other the blood thirst quenching derby. With the form that Manchester has been exhibiting, bookies were checking odds of when Ole will be sacked.

But quite the contrary. Right time, for the right games, the right players returned from injury.

The Scott – Fred midfield axis following the injury of Pogba is turning to threaten a spot for the Frenchman. The grit and physical attributes of Scott, combined with the creative quick feet of Fred is the engine that runs United.

The ferocious line splitting passing that has been effervescent in the last two games is something that has not been seen in the team for the entire season.

Rashford has been hitting the net more often than not, and is seen to take all criticism in his stride and making the left wing a place of his own. Daniel James just simply refuses to drop standards since his first game at United. Lingard for all his criticism is the perfect 10 as he with his impeccable first touch gets the ball rolling in the centre.

So what really changed for this team? Did it require a former manager to be the trigger to restore former glory? Well credits to Ole, cause this week, like the good old days, Manchester United is giving me the goosebumps just like the yester years.

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