With a sprinkle of snow in the air, Wayne Rooney scored his seventh and eighth header in his last eight games to send the Champions one point behind Chelsea. It’s fairly obvious his extra heading training has worked a treat. Who says hard work doesn’t pay off..?
In a less convincing first half Rooney scored without question the best move of the half. With good vision Berbatov found Valencia with a lofted pass. The first time cross/volley pass from Valencia was nothing short of World Class, Rooney himself described the cross as quality and a real difficult technique. Rooney finished with aplomb with a diving header. Rooney also provided the other highlight in the half with a superb on the turn 25 yard volley which clipped the crossbar.
I felt the first half performance was awful. Wes Brown constantly tried long balls without finding a team mate. Gibson could do nothing else but shoot. What Foster was trying to when he parried a deflected Diamanti shot on the goal line, I don’t know. Question marks remain of Foster I’m afraid, I was surprised Foster started ahead of Kuszczak. I had really high hopes for Foster, perhaps Manchester United is not the club for him and will prosper elsewhere.
Can you tell the first half frustrated me? 🙂
We controlled the game in the second half. We started brightly with Ji-Sung Park hitting the crossbar within 15 seconds of the restart. The Berbatov, Valencia, Rooney partnership were at it again to score our second goal which allowed the players, Sir Alex Ferguson and more importantly us fans to relax and let out a big sigh of relief. Berbatov provided a delightful reverse through ball for Valencia to run on to, Valencia in turn chipped a cross putting the goal at Rooney’s mercy where he duly obliged.
Valencia now has nine assists and five goals in the Premier League. We’re not bad for a one man team are we…
Owen grabbed the third goal with virtually his first touch. He arced his run superbly as only Michael Owen can do and the finish was nearly a mirror image of late winner he scored against Manchester City.
A real plus was the return of Vidic. The man looked like a man mountain in defence; he looked very assured for a man that has missed so much football. Vidic had a good tussle with Cole and came out on top. More of the same please Vidic to sure up our defence.
To give Gibson his dues he grew into to the game and was much better in the second half. I think someone must have had a word at half time telling him to calm down on the shooting. From memory I don’t think Gibson had a shot at all in the second half. There is no doubting in Gibson’s shooting ability, it’s there for all to see. To advance his game further I think Gibson needs to work on or have the confidence to attempt during a game his short creative passing in and around the penalty area. If he could develop this part of his game I think we’ll have some player on our hands.
My favourite player is now showing the same age defying performances as Ryan Giggs. Paul Scholes was pure class against West Ham. His dummy then a drop of the shoulder to create a goal scoring chance was Paul Scholes of yesteryear. It reminded of his goal against Blackburn in the 2006/07 season. He still is the best passer at our club and in recent games we’ve seen a return of his breaking forward into the penalty area as in his prime. I wonder if this will be Scholesy’s last season, he has yet to sign a new contract and I get the impression he is desperate to score his 100th league goal before he hangs up his boots.
One point behind Chelsea now. This weekend Chelsea have a massive game against City whilst we have the Carling Cup. Let’s hope the noisy neighbours do us a favour… 🙂