To say this was a boring game would be like saying water is wet, space is vast or people who do Brazilian Jujitsu secretly enjoy touching other men while lying around in compromising positions. It was dull on a scale I've not felt since my girlfriend forced me to watch 'Arrested Development'.
As to what actually happened in the match, let's just say that the midfield was congested. Jose played with a 'false number 9' (which didn't remotely work and should never, ever, ever, ever be tried again). And that both teams defended with 10 men behind the ball whenever the other team had the temerity to cross the half way line.
Wayne Rooney played well, and was probably my man of the match, solid work rate, assured on the ball, and with a great range of passes. Nobody really stood out for us. Okay, that's not fair, I guess our defenders played well as Man Utd barely had a sniff at goal. So job done there.
Overall I'd say Manure edged the match maybe 55/45 but a 0 v 0 draw was a fair result, and you suspect Jose was the happier of the two managers when the final whistle blew. And to be honest, a clean sheet in an away match at Old Trafford is fine in the grand scheme of things. I just wish I could find something in the performance of our much lauded attacking midfielders (of which we had about 30 on the field today) to get all lovey-dovey over. So much 'creativity' and no end product says everything we need to know about how desperately we need an out and out #9.
Personally I wanted Lukaku to start up top in this one. After scoring three against Manure in the last match of the season for WBA back in May, he would'be been well up for it. But no, Jose decided to 'out fox' the opposition by playing like Barca.
Yeah, right. How'd that work out?
Let's not do that again, Jose. We don't even like Barca. Remember? So let's play like Chelsea from now on. Solid in defence. Quick transitioning from front to back. Devastating on the counter attack. Is that too much to ask for?
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