Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Manchester United vs Basel post match analysis

After a comparatively shaky away performance at Stoke City, it was time for the Red Devils to embrace Champions League action. After two years of absence from the biggest stage of European football, UCL night at Old Trafford was indeed a different kind of homecoming and it was pretty much everything United fans could have hoped for. The two Belgian internationals, Marouane Fellaini and Romelo Lukaku scored to ensure a victory followed by a Marcus Rashford goal to end the game on a high note for the Red Devils.

However, the game was not as easy as it looks on the scoreline. Basel looked threatening at times but was stopped from causing severe damage by You Know Who (David De Gea) and the team's captain for the night (Paul Pogba) faced an early injury. Mkhitaryan missing a couple of good chances had the fans doubt if the homecoming was going to be grand after all.

Marouane Fellaini, coming on as a substitute for Paul Pogba, headed the first goal in for Manchester United from a rather brilliant cross from Ashley Young. The Belgian is certainly showing the world why the Gaffer puts so much trust in him. The goal clocked at 35' saw United ending the first half on a high.

Romelu Lukaku headed the ball in for Manchester United at 53' from a brilliant cross on the left wing by Daley Blind by managing to create space for himself in between two defenders who were clearly marking him for damage control. As games go by, Lukaku is most certainly showing hat he is not the mere one dimensional forward people think he is. He is making delightful runs, linking up well with Mkhitaryan and creating space for himself.

Last but not the least, Marcus Rashford has scored yet again on another debut and killed the game off. The 19 year old stroked the ball into the back of net whilst the Basel defenders could only watch on in despair. The best of the golden boy is hopefully yet to come.

It was good to see Ashley Young perform on an European night since the team has fullback concerns as of now. Lindelof was decent as well in defending terms. For Matic and Lukaku, it was just another day in the office. Mkhitaryan and Martial looked good but the pair have a few things to resolve on their own.

Paul Pogba's injury could affect the team on the long run and he is certainly missing out the Everton game. The Frenchman has been instrumental this season and has caused all sorts of havoc for the opposition. Let's hope he joins the training soon enough and put an end to our worries. Paul Pogba is not an easy replacement for any team in the world.

It was a bittersweet homecoming but let's celebrate the win and the sweetness of it all for the time being because the lads will be facing Wayne Rooney in the next game.  

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