Saturday, 24 September 2016

Manchester United vs Leicester

I just can't believe it! Wayne Rooney has been dropped from the starting XI. After a disastrous performance midweek against Northampton, Rooney is starting on the bench. The pressure around Rooney has been growing particularly over the last few weeks. He hasn't been contributing anything going forward and has been a liability in midfield. He will always be a respected legend but he is not the same player he was 10 years ago and he's not good enough to get in this team at the moment.

After the win at Northampton midweek in the EFL cup, it's so important that we win three points today. Let this be a starting point for the new and improved Manchester United. We need to find our best starting 11 and stick with it for Premier League games.

After a positive first 15 minutes of the game, it looked for sure that Manchester United were close to scoring. The time finally cane in the 22nd minute where Chris Smalling rose highest to get on the end of a delightful Daley Blind corner.

From then on, Manchester United were clearly on the front foot and it only looked a matter of time before Manchester United doubled their lead. In the 25th minute the chance came to Marcus Rashford after a beautiful counter attack. However, the youngster miscued his shot miserably.

The next chance came to Ibrahimovic in the 27th minute which came from a cheeky chip from Paul Pogba, but the striker volleyed over. What a goal that would've been!

The man of the moment Paul Pogba came inches away from registering his first goal for United after his long range effort was palmed away by Zieler.

Our second goal was coming and the player to take it was Juan Mata! An 18 pass build up led to Juan Mata beating Zieler with a powerful strike from 18 yards.

Minutes later, Blind's short corner found Mata, who delivered a pin point cross for Rashford to tap in. That's 7 goals in 7 matches for Rashford for club and country.

In the 42nd minute came Manchester United's fourth with once again a great delivery from Daley Blind. This time, POGBA was on the end to score his first goal for us.

HALF TIME - MANCHESTER UNITED 4-0 LEICESTER

After an amazing first half performance, expectations were high for the second half. As expected, for almost the entirety of the second half, Manchester United dominated possession. However, out of nowhere Demari Gray managed to curl the ball, from outside of the box, into the top corner of a stunned David De Gea's net. The match finished 4-1

At last, Manchester United are finally playing some good football. We were creating chances left, right and centre and every player played with bags of confidence. Although most people will put the scoreline down to Rooney being dropped, it is clear that every player gave it their all today and played for the badge.

So, from 3 wins in a row, to 3 losses in a row, we have now recorded 2 wins in a row and we finally look like a team. Lets hope we can keep this good bit of form going as we are approaching some extremely tough games in the next month. But most importantly, today we have shown that the Manchester United that we all know and love IS still there!

Our next game is on Thursday in the Europa League, home to Zorya. This of course is a game which we are expected to win, and if we play like we did today, I can't see it being an issue.

Onwards and upwards!

COME ON UNITED!

1 comment:

  1. Awesome blog we r starting to look like the old Utd again

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