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Five conclusions from United vs Arsenal

Posted by hakanrylander on September 1, 2009

1. On the whole Arsenal can derive more positives (but no points) from this game. I’ve rarely seen United so lacking in attacking ideas at Old Trafford as in the first half when the wingers were contained by close marking, Giggs unable to get involved and Rooney totally isolated.

2. I must admit that I never thought Darren Fletcher would progress beyond being a useful squad player, but if he keeps improving at this rate he will soon rival Wayne Rooney as our most important player. Also I don’t, unlike Wenger, think that he used excessive force, apart from when he bulldozed Arshavin in the penalty area.

3. We have a long-term goalkeeper problem. Ben Foster is a good keeper but again he failed to convince me that he should be United’s first-choice for many years to come. He made a world-class stop from Van Persie but should have saved Arshavin’s strike. He also flapped badly at a cross, the kind of behaviour that feeds insecurity among the defenders.

4. Abou Diaby gifted us the game with an own-goal that was very much an unforced error, but apart from that I was very impressed by him. Wenger has found a real gem.

5. Uefa president Michel Platini needs to get his priorities right and launch an urgent investigation concerning the hairstyle of Manuel Almunia.

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4 Responses to “Five conclusions from United vs Arsenal”

  1. memunish said

    I agree with all your points except 3. I think its Victor Valdes for Barcelona type situation for us. Market doesn’t seem to have good enough players to go for. Foster has his flaws but he is still a good talent. He could be a successor to Van Der Sar and with our defence more than capable of supporting him, shouldn’t be a problem.

    • hakanrylander said

      I hope that Foster proves me and other critics wrong during this season. If not, my choice would be Manuel Neuer at Schalke 04.

  2. […] Five conclusions from United vs Arsenal « Between the Lines […]

  3. Almunia’s hairtyles is a hot potatoe and maybe (finally!) a battle for Platini to win.

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