We probably all feel like Chilean miners on the day of release this week but, frankly, my nerves are still in tatters. The game I saw involved us being outplayed until Fabio scored, second best until the second goal and never in control till their lad was injured. I really should have more faith in Sir Alex Ferguson.
If Edwin Van Der Sar finishes proceedings as Man of the Match then all cannot have gone according to plan, no matter how it looked at the final whistle. Again we were set up to basically play defensively at Old Trafford, whatever next? The team strip to be changed to sky blue? If it works, it works I suppose.
There are though, positives to draw from this spirit-shredding period. Chris Smalling is already looking like top class centre-half and also seems to be building a strong understanding with the captain in the heart of our backline. Considering Rio often does know if all his body parts are attached nowadays this can only be a good thing.
It has been evident all season that Rafael is a delight to watch and Fabio is coming along very nicely too. Although probably forced on Fergie it was a brilliant move to play them both in midfield. Their pace is basically what did for Arsenal in my opinion.
What is more is that Hernandez looks deadlier by the week. It is wonderful for us to see a genuinely two-footed striker who can head the ball as well as Denis in the side at the moment. On the subject of strikers, has anybody else noticed that Rooney has scored something like six or so in the last eight games? That isn’t too far off his stats from last season. Keep it to yourself.
However, the best thing about this week is that it is not last week. My central nervous system has only a couple of days to start healing itself before we take on Marseille in a Champion’s League tie shaped like a giant banana-skin. At least I am happy today.
Allez les rouges.
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