The statistics this morning read; Manchester United joint top but still second in the table due to an inferior goal difference compared to that of Manchester City. Our neighbours lost thanks to a goal by an ex-Red Devil, the most recent one to move to the blue half of Liverpool, Darron Gibson. Ironically, his departure might have brought about some cheers among United fans all over the world and what is more ironic, is that perhaps his goal in the blue of Everton must have been cheered loudest by United fans; louder than any that he has scored while wearing the red of Manchester United.
With the debate over Manchester United’s first-team goalkeeper raging ferociously, this author steps back and lets the statistics do the talking.
Bereft of self confidence and devoid of regular football, David de Gea has been disappointingly underwhelming in his first season as Manchester United’s new
numero uno. With seemingly huge boots to fill, the Spaniard’s apparent lack of concentration and slight frame meant that he was a seen as a weak link by every single opposing team, and was subjected to all sorts of physical and aerial bullying.
The final whistle is blown at the Etihad Stadium and it is safe and fair to say that Manchester United fans the world over breathed a huge collective sigh of relief. Pre kickoff, we had the shock news of Paul Scholes coming out of retirement to contend with. One way or another, United fans would in general be left wondering on why the sudden change of heart from the normally resolute Englishman and how will the quiet maestro do on his return which depended on him coming on in the game as he was named on the bench. Like many, I was shocked at his change in heart but certainly didn’t look at it as a step forward rather I looked at it as a step backward maybe a step in desperation.