United’s win at Carrow Road wasn’t just typical of our season as some Reds stated, it was actually typical of the past three or four seasons, getting an early goal, sitting back, inviting trouble, conceding and relying on a late winner from one of the ‘usual suspects.’
While there was hardly an abundance of players putting in the sort of performances that warrant a man of the match award, there were one or two standout performers for the Reds.
Rio Ferdinand was at his best and there’s nio doubt that if United are to succeed in the league we need to keep our former skipper fit, ditto his defensive partner Jonny Evans who’s played some of the best football of his United career of late.
David De Gea is beginning to win over his many detractors with stunnig save after stunning save and seems to finally be dealing with crosses with a bit more confidence. Normally a performance of the calibre De Gea produced yesterday may well be enough to warrant a MOTM award, but this wasn’t a normal day.
Let’s not ignore the negatives though far too many players simply went missing: Nani had a good opening 10 minutes then all but disappeared, Michale Carrick had is worst game in months, while Chicharito seemed almost Torres-esque….I did say ‘almost.’
Let’s not dwell too much on the poor aspects of the United side, as thankfully all three points were ‘rescued’ by none other than the man of the moment Mr ‘900’ Ryan Giggs. Like United’s performance it wasn’t vintage Giggs by any stretch but the ‘Welsh Wizard’ not only grabbed the winner, hit the bar and picked out some telling passes, but more importantly refused to give up and throughout the game was always ‘looking to win’ which as Sir Alex said a few weeks earlier is what separates United from most of the other teams in the world- no matter what we ALWAYS try to win.
It’s a good job we do -and did -as well, as with City winning on Satruday anything less than three points would have been disastrous especially with a difficult trip to White Hart Lane next on the cards.
Thanks to ‘Sir’ Ryan though, victory was assured as he met Ashley Young’s cross at the far post and knocked it in with the left foot that’s been the envy of the past eight England managers.
“That boy Giggsy….”