Review: Arsenal v Manchester United (31st January 2010)


What a performance from the lads! We played with pace in attack and power in midfield.  To phrase Evra, it was “Men against Boys” which is very hard to disagree.

In my pre-mach discussion I felt the game would be won or lost in midfield, which proved to be the case. The three man midfield of Fletcher, Scholes and Carrick worked a treat, the combination complement each other very well. There’s the skill and guile from Scholes, the tireless work rate of Fletcher and Carrick is a combination of the two.

The United midfield out powered their Arsenal counterparts. Fabregas barely got a kick and Song looked tired from competing in the African Cup of Nations. Was Denilson also playing in midfield? Who knows…

Where has this version of Nani appeared from? I’d like to know where he has been hiding… Perhaps Nani has escaped from being in the shadows of Cristiano Ronaldo. Another suggestion is Nani being selected in his natural preferred position. When Nani has previously played as a left winger we have seen him dilly-dally on the ball and delaying crosses, a lack of confidence in his left foot maybe the reason? We have not seen this in Nani’s last three games; he looks full of confidence and a real attacking threat. The first goal came from a great  run and peice of skill from Nani, lets hope his form continues and prove his doubters wrong.

Wayne Rooney yet again led the front line superbly; he is starting to grow into the role, his goal was breath taking attacking football at its best. Many questioned Rooney at the start of the season, suggesting he could not lead United after the departure of Ronaldo. Well, his football has done the talking with 20 league goals in only 23 league appearances.

You’re probably aware Rooney has now scored 100 premier league goals; I will discuss further the rise of Wayne Rooney in a blog on Wednesday.

The performance left me buzzing, the lads showed a greater desire to win. We have yet to see the real Manchester United this season, mainly due to injuries in my opinion. Players are starting to return from injury and we are slowly seeing performance levels increase.

The season starts now and its full steam ahead!!

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