Arenal v Manchester United in recent history have always been special games, sometimes title deciders, but yesterday was a different affair with both teams not living up to their respective fans expectations, this season.
I thought especially in the first half we played far better than in recent weeks and yet clinical finishing was yet again our downfall. De Gea is getting a lot of plaudits but to be honest every single shot was aimed right at him (bar our goal).
I doubt anyone can argue that the game could and should have been put to bed within the first half an hour. All the players seemed a lot more motivated than in recent weeks, despite the International break, and quite frankly United looked a very ordinary team.
When we are leading we can’t seem to hold onto a lead, and when invariably we miss chance after chance and go one behind we start chasing the game and leave ourselves extremely vulnerable for the opposition to invariably score.
To say United’s goal was bizarre would be an understatement, yet we still had over half an hour to regroup instead of going gung ho and practically in football terms, commit hari kiri.
Who does one blame, the manager or the players or the system or a combination of all three ?
The stats this season don’t make good reading which ever way you look at them but yesterday because of the injury to Wilshere and Szczesny our options were limited. I believe the substitution of Ramsey was correct, perhaps a little earlier would in hindsight have been better, and Santi is not in the best of form, though it was nice to see Giroud back, who scored the best goal of the match.
I must give credit to Chambers who came under a lot of criticism against Swansea. He had an excellent game for one who was never expected to play practically every game so far this season.
Welbeck is a work in progress, Sanchez oozes class but I feel the main talking point will be about Wilshere, who should have scored, could easily have seen red, and then got injured, but the main question is what is his most beneficial position in our team.
There are questions about the whole set up of the team.Our failure to score regularly, not being able to boss the midfield and lapses in defence . Quite honestly, this a game we really should have won.
Over to you Mr.Wenger 🙂
Dortmund now becomes a must win game, for many many reasons..