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Four conclusions from United vs Everton

Posted by hakanrylander on November 22, 2009

1. Normally I’m on the edge of my seat worrying that the game will take a turn for the worse even when United are dominant. Not so in this game. I felt that United were totally in control throughout. This probably stemmed mostly from central midfield. Darren Fletcher (now generally known as “football genius“) had a great game, but so did Michael Carrick. Carrick’s brilliance is sometimes understated as it’s often “just” about positional sense and hitting the simple passes right. You tend to notice Carrick’s importance most when he’s not on top of his game as the United engine then tends to stutter.

2. Antonio Valencia gets better and better.  He has the rare quality that every time he gets the the ball I feel he will make something happen. The only other United players that give me this feeling are Rooney and Evra. Valencia even smiled after scoring.

3. We will probably have to get used to a mixed bag of performances from Ryan Giggs this season. Sometimes he makes brilliant use of his vision and experience, while at other times he drifts out of games. Pehaps not surprisingly at his age. This was not one of his better days.

4. If we can sign Jack Rodwell for £20m he will be worth every penny. Nothing very remarkable in this game, but he looks total class.

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2 Responses to “Four conclusions from United vs Everton”

  1. hakanrylander said

    (This comment is from RedJack. I copied it from the previous post./Hakan)

    Just been to todays game and thought i’d post a couple of thoughts

    1) If Wes Brown is fit – play him, he’s a brilliant defender who seems to be maturing and will be a bedrock for a good few years.
    2) Valencia has really improved since I saw him live vs Birmingham. He is more willing to attack and has alot more confidence.
    3) When Obertan came on he did well and given more games should grow into a good player.
    4) Rooney and Owen played well together, Owen’s movement in particular was good in and around the box.
    5) Best till last (which I never thought i’d say) Darren Fletcher – Genius. He was everywhere, making tackles pushing forward. Great goal and then filled in seamlessly at right back.

    Not all good though, Giggs seemed off today and whoever was taking the corners could never clear the first man.

  2. The Gaffer said

    I think RedJack was right. Wes Brown, in particular was impressive and he deserves to be named in Capello’s 23 man squad soon. If he stays fit, he is the perfect replacement for Rio when he is injured, and in my opinion, is a better right-back than John O’Shea.

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