That is a big statement to make. Very big. But this statement cannot be made for any other team in the Premier League but Manchester United. The game against Bolton proved it once again. Down to 10 men. Not playing the best game of football. Probably deserved to be behind. 1 point would have been good enough from the game based on performance. But we got 3 points. We got the win. The determination and the will to win tells you what Manchester United are made of.
- Poor Evans: Comeback game after an indifferent season. Played well compared to previous performances but one rash challenge and got red carded. Now would miss 3 games. Considering the injury problems we are having, it was a good chance for the youngster to get some games but alas.
- Berbatov: Its funny when your top goal scorer doesn’t start the games. Its also scary that your top goal scorer can be brought on to change the game. He didn’t change the game much but reacted 1st when it mattered. Nani’s shot was spilled by Jaaskelainen and Berbatov reacted quickly to give United 1-0 lead and the win as well.
- More injuries: Brown was replaced at half time due to an injury. Evans was red carded. Now we have only Fabio, Evra and Smalling fit from our defenders. We were hit with a similar injury crisis last year as well. I am starting to wonder if some of our defenders are just too injury prone.
- Valencia/Nani: Time and time again we have mentioned how much we missed Valencia. This game saw Nani on left and Valencia on right. But by the time this game ended, Nani was on right and Valencia on left. Its surprising that most of Nani’s shots on target were when he cut inside from the right rather than the left. The goal came when he was cutting in from the right but anyone who has seen the game can tell you that he is more of a threat on the right. Considering that he is our most potent attacking option, is it right to play him on the left? Maybe its a confidence thing but consistency that Valencia provides cannot be matched either. Seriously not sure whats the solution.
- Other results: Like it or hate it – at this stage of the season, results of the rivals are just as important as your own. Arsenal dropped 2 points at home against West Brom. This takes our lead at top to 5 points having played 1 game more than Arsenal. Chelsea beat Man City which pushes City further behind the pecking order. Personally I never considered Man City in the race but Chelsea can always spring a surprise.
Once again a game we didn’t deserve to win but still did. We could have been so close to losing it had Taylor placed that header slightly wide of VDS, but he didn’t. This game also marked the start of the 5 match touchline ban that Sir Alex is facing. Though it was funny the way he was communicating using the phone under his seat which makes a mockery of the ban. The highlight of the weekend for me was these words about Ferguson on an Arsenal blog:
“This is where I have to begrudgingly respect Ferguson. He can send out guys like Johnny Evans, Wes Brown, and Gibson on the pitch but still get results by adapting the rest of the team to cover their weaknesses. With Arsene Wenger, there are many loose ends.”