Manchester United's 8-2 win over Arsenal is officially the match where it became impossible to remain calm about what the team can achieve this season, and it is only the third league game. For years now it has been a stock-in trade of United fans to mock those who over-celebrate in August, “come back in May” we always say. But after a performance such as this you can only shout from the rooftops, and shout loudly.
Rooney is unplayable at the moment and that was close to a perfect performance from the number 10. He really looks like he has his head on right now and it is a pertinent reminder that even I was calling for his head just 11 months ago. Thank goodness we have a manager who takes a long term view.
So do Arsenal in fact, it seems churlish to pity the man and the club who unleashed human excrement such as Martin Keown on the world, but that is what I feel today. For all his faults, Arsene Wenger is a proper football manager and Arsenal are a proper football club. They command far more of my respect than City or Chelsea and their nouveaux riches poseurs. Yet they are deeply in the mire at the moment. For all the truth in saying that we had a particularly good day at the office and they had a particularly bad one, 8-2 is a seismic result and they must overhaul now. They have no other choice.
Apparently the neighbours did alright for themselves earlier in the afternoon, but I pay little attention to what the oil barons are up to when Ferguson is fielding youngsters who play like this. David De Gea has arrived as a Manchester United goalkeeper. If he continues to improve in the leaps and bounds he made between this game and the last we have very little to worry about. In my humble opinion Evra and Evans were at fault for the two we conceded, and it mattered little anyway.
Welbeck is a tough lad and is very unfortunate to have pulled his hamstring. His start to this year has been phenomenal and I wish him a speedy recovery. When Hernandez came on he looked a little off the pace, but that is probably just a match fitness issue for someone who has been injured and playing in America all summer.
United’s passing game already looks a lot more urgent this season, Barcelona must feel very flattered to see us so blatantly copy their style. It is not as slick as the Catalan’s yet, but it is lovely to see so much sharp interplay on the edge of the box to complement out tremendous threat from the wings. The goalscoring potential of this side is stratospheric as Arsenal found out to their horror.
They have nobody else to blame for themselves for the pub team defending though. Sanctimonious as it might sound to say it, but my sympathy for them nosedives when I recall the horrible challenges from the Russian Arse-shaving. He meant to do harm on several occasions and should have been sent off or executed in the first half.
At that point Arsenal were up for it, it was embarrassingly one sided thereafter as we dismembered our former rivals. Ashley Young looks like he has been playing with Evra and Rooney since pre-school and in addition to his two scorching goals his role in Rooney’s free-kicks was crucial too.
I feel as though there has been a real shift in the force here, how can I not be overexcited? The sky really is the limit for this team, this year. What a joy to behold. In ten incredible minutes of first half football United’s new gang made a real statement. Ladies and gentlemen you are watching Manchester united. Sit back and enjoy.
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