Wayne Rooney – He was just smashing today. Two great finishes (although one was discredited) and an inspiring performance from start to finish. He also had the assists for Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani’s goals.
Four different scorers – After struggling to find the back of the net at times this season, it was great to see four players get their names on the scoresheet today.
Four midfielders missing – Despite being without our four first choice central midfielders (Paul Scholes, Michael Carrick, Owen Hargreaves and Anderson) we beat a Premiership side 4-0. That’s not bad going.
Ryan Giggs – Wow, he was poor today. I don’t like to get on the players’ backs, but there is no excuse for a lot of his mistakes today. His passing let him down massively. If he wants to cut it in this ‘new role‘ then he has to be able to pass the ball. With fifteen minutes or more played, I don’t think Giggs had managed to find a single United player with any of his passes. Dreadful.
The ref – With officials apparently in our back pocket, a referee wouldn’t dare disallow a goal at Old Trafford would they? Particularly a perfectly legitimate goal? Well, we saw it today. Thankfully, Rooney scored another goal anyway, but the referee made a needless wrong decision. Then, every time a freekick was awarded against West Brom, their players threw a tantrum. Sorry, is the ‘Respect the Ref’ campaign over already? On just one occasion were they booked for dissent. To think that Ronaldo got a yellow card for wagging his finger at Riley becomes more and more ridiculous with every passing week.
Lack of creativity – With no Paul Scholes or Michael Carrick in the side, we’re really struggling for creative movement from the centre of midfield.
Crowd leaving – With ten minutes to go, large groups of the crowd were walking out. What the fuck is going on?