Man United got what they want from their game against Otelul Galati, full three points, yesterday at Old Trafford. But we noticed some considerable points that need to be reviewed.
It seems Michael Owen, who Sir Alex Ferguson is waiting for the results of a scan on the thigh injury he picked yesterday, has no luck when starting a game with United unless it is in the League Cup. I hope it is not serious and he will feature soon. Although he has a good scoring ratio, I really can say it is Owen’s final season with Man United as Sir Alex Ferguson has a limit on waiting injury prone players (remember Dion Dublin, Jasper Blomqvist, Louis Saha and Owen Hargreaves!).
Wayne Rooney as a midfielder; I believe Rooney can play in any position even you ask him to play as a goalie! He did a good job defensively and offensively, but I can’t see him playing there until the end of the season and thank God Sir Alex made it clear that Rooney was only providing cover due to the unavailability of Tom Cleverley, Michael Carrick and Darren Fletcher. So Rooney will be back to his position next game against Sunderland and I fell a new signing to strength the midfield may happen this January. “In the future, we hope we buy well again or a young player emerges, you never know.” said SAF. Can u think of a name?!
Nani didn’t play in his favourite position on the right flank, however that wasn’t a reason to see him playing out of form yesterday. I don’t know what is wrong with him recently. We didn’t see his dribbling skills and he rarely crossed the ball into the box. I hope Nani’s form was temporary and Antonio Valencia comeback to the team raise the competition between the two wingers which will help Manchester United in the upcoming games.
Finally, Jonny Evans showed good confident yesterday or at least he was trying to be a good lad! He moved up in many occasions trying to assist or scoring. But I couldn’t ignore his careless challenge just in the middle of the pitch which earned him an avoidable yellow card. I think Fergie wanted to give the northern Irishman another chance after City’s disaster and I wish Jonny can repay the faith Sir Alex put in him or a summer move away from the Old Trafford will be scheduled in the agenda!
Three points were good enough yesterday and a win against Benfica will put us alone on top of Group C. I am sure the team will play differently against Sunderland next weekend and it will be the start to retain our perfect entertaining form which saw us crashing Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea!