Thursday, 14 April 2016

Youngsters leading Manchester United to Wembley

A fantastic goal from Marcus Rashford and a more scrappy goal from Fellaini was enough to take Manchester United to Wembley, despite a late attacking surge from West Ham.

Marcus Rashford has in the past few months been a bright spark, whilst the club has gone through some dark times. His goal against West Ham showed once again why he is currently held in such high regard by us Manchester United fans, especially considering that he was surrounded by West Ham defenders, and he also showed other aspects to his game by making some good runs and working hard for the team. However with Rooney returning from injury and getting a few minutes on the pitch, will Van Gaal begin to leave Rashford out of the starting XI and would he be right to do so?

Van Gaal is a huge fan of Rooney and so I expect him to quickly bring him back and I would by no means be surprised if it was at Rashford’s expense, despite the impact he has made on the team. This in my opinion though would have a negative impact on the team, considering that most of any good play the team actually provides is due to the pace of the attacking trio of Martial, Lingard and Rashford. Therefore, I believe that bringing Rooney back into the team too quickly could cause the loss of pace and enthusiasm in attack, something most Manchester United fans want to see from the team.

This is not a new debate though, as England fans too have been questioning how involved Rooney should be in the Euros this Summer, and even whether he deserves a seat on the plane to France or not. There is no way that Hodgson cannot start Vardy and Kane, which puts Rooney’s position even more in doubt, as how much of an impact would he make on a game coming from the bench compared to a player like Rashford who would inject pace at a time when the opposition would be more tired and thus more vulnerable to quick runs? England fan or not, would you take Rooney to France and having asked that would you give Rashford a chance to shine, or would it be too early for him?

Rashford though wasn’t the only one to shine against West Ham. 18 year old Timothy Fosu-Mensah put in yet another solid and promising performance at right back. His energy and ability to cover the whole pitch somehow caused West Ham problems, whilst he was also extremely hard to get past limiting West Ham’s chances. Having said all that, it keeps making me think that he should be given a chance in the defensive midfield position, especially this weekend against useless Aston Villa, as these qualities I’ve just mentioned, as well as his physical stature, could prove to be a big improvement to ageing Carrick. I believe he has the ability to play the role N’Golo Kante has been playing exceptionally well this season, as he has proven to be one of their most important players, and giving Fosu-Mensah a chance to showcase his abilities in this role now, could end up being beneficial in knowing how useful he could be next season.

And finally, Manchester United fans might not have been planning their trips to Wembley if it wasn’t for the saviour between the sticks, David De Gea, who as he has been doing for what seems like an eternity now, made some outstanding saves to…well…save us… It was also great to see his passion after the game, as his celebrations showed the love he has for the club and hopefully thoughts of going to that club are very much in the past.

To summarise 2 youngsters shone again as Rashford added a fantastic goal to his tally and Fosu-Mensah was solid again. David De Gea also put in a typical performance of his as without him Manchester United might not be planning their trip to Wembley.

Player Ratings

David De Gea: 8 (my man of the match)- he made some great saves ensuring United won.

Timothy Fosu-Mensah: 7- a strong performance from the emerging youngster.

Chris Smalling: 7- he kept Carroll in his pocket. He must have a lot of pockets…

Daley Blind: 6- solid.

Marcos Rojo: 5- I’m not his biggest fan and hope that Borthwick-Jackson returns this weekend as he offers so much more both going forward and defensively.

Marouane Fellaini: 6- I was slightly worried about him prior to the game but considering that West Ham are quite a physical side, it ended up being a good game for him to play.

Michael Carrick: 5- again his age looks to be catching up on him.

Jesse Lingard: 7- despite missing a good chance his high work rate was crucial to the win and he linked up well with his team mates.

Ander Herrera: 6- very good to see him back in the starting XI.

Anthony Martial: 7- he got an assist, his runs were again threatening and he took defenders out of the game as they tried their best to mark him.

Marcus Rashford: 8- a wonderful goal and overall great performance.


Thank you for reading!
The United Girl

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