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Reactions To Victory Over Villa

1. So we’re barely in December and we’ve already won as many games away as we had done all of last season. Whilst the scoreline meant we had a nervy ending to the game, it was a convincing performance that was worthy of victory. Whilst I don’t think dominating a team in the top half away from home is anything to be sniffed at, it is frustrating to see us struggle to put games to bed. It’s not as though we aren’t creating the chances either.

2. The media tried to make something of Rooney’s “goal drought” ahead of kick-off, largely ignoring the fact he had been forced in to midfield for some games this season and played alongside a different strike partner every week, thanks to the injuries to Welbeck, Chicharito and Berba. He was excellent against Villa though and yet again showed off his impressive passing range. I don’t know what has happened to his decision making though. In front of goal, he keeps picking the wrong option, which is so unlike him. As long as we keep winning games and he keeps contributing at the level he is doing though, the supposed goal drought and decision making shouldn’t make too much difference.

3. Phil Jones, how we love you. A few weeks ago he talked about how he would celebrate his first professional goal, having never scored at Blackburn. Not long after he stuck the ball in the back of his own net in our draw with Benfica. At Villa Park, he cushioned the ball perfectly as he fired past Shay Given, after an inch perfect cross from Nani. His goal celebration was nothing to write home about although I did enjoy him pointing to the bench and the proud Grandad impression from Fergie which followed, as he waved back to the teenager, beaming. Rene Meulensteen had been giving him some stick before kick-off, so the gesture was for his benefit.

4. Jones and Michael Carrick combined well in the centre of the park and were probably the best performing pair post-Cleverley. Fergie said a few weeks ago that Carrick hits good form at this time of year, which has become a self-fulfilling prophecy, with our experienced midfielder having a string of good games now. As was pointed out on Twitter, United have only conceded once with Carrick on the pitch this season, and that was the penalty that should never have been awarded against Newcastle. I know you can get stats to support most arguments but I have been genuinely impressed with Carrick again. He’s been making some great tackles and has remembered where “forward” is. Great stuff.

5. Five points behind at this time of year, with City yet to play any of their toughest games yet (pretending the 10 man derby day just never, ever happened), is a decent position to be in. I do worry about whether our squad, particularly with the weekly injuries we are picking up, has enough in the engine to cope with the crowded fixture list ahead. You’ll have to hope that extra experience we have will push us through to January in a better position though.


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Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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575 Comments

  1. AntiScouser says:

    @CedarsDevil

    Nobody’s pefect.

  2. CedarsDevil says:

    I am perfect

  3. james21 says:

    Non mon amour. Appears u were right. :) yeh it is bloody cold.
    Its well documented that Napoleon in his best Corsican French said Capiche Mon Amour when he dumped Josaphine. :D

  4. CedarsDevil says:

    Anti Scouser

    Never read anything about United posted by you, now be a nice boy and tell us who you support darling…. Do not worry about saying the truth, I will always love you…… hahaha

    James21

    Cracked me up pal

  5. AntiScouser says:

    @CedarsDevil

    I am a fervet supporter of reason and empirical sceiences. Atheist, of course. You?

  6. CedarsDevil says:

    Me? Just a nut case who enjoys bashing fake trolls

  7. james21 says:

    I’m thinking Chelsea fan for AntiScouser. They sing in your Liverpool slums with almost as much passion as Utd fans.

  8. AntiScouser says:

    @CedarsDevil

    Interesting paradox: Being a fake troll yourself, you enjoy bashing fake trolls. That would imply you enjoy bashing yourself.

    Even more dubious than I initially thought.

  9. AntiScouser says:

    @james21

    No, not a Chelsea fan. Manchester born and bred. You figure it out. It’s tricky, I admit it.

  10. CedarsDevil says:

    This gets more interesting by the minute…. Me a fake troll? hahahaha

    Manchester born, probably a United fan you are NOT you fake cunt

  11. CedarsDevil says:

    No true United fan would attack another, I bet this sick fuck hates United to death….

    Come on son, tell us who you really support?

  12. AntiScouser says:

    @CedarsDevil

    Resorting to obscenities? Classic “regular” on this blog. Pathetic, what else can I say.

  13. james21 says:

    Now now antiscouser no need for that. Definately not a shitty blue then or you might have said Stockport. Although Manchester born and bred could include Buxton or Glossip to a blue. Give us another clue.

  14. CedarsDevil says:

    Just showing my true colors you hateful fuck, now show us yours you fake fuck

  15. AntiScouser says:

    @james21

    You seem more intelligent than the other “regular” (although I won’t put money on it yet) so I’ll respond. I support a club formed by Irish railroad workers in Newton Heat. Won their first title in 1908. The manager at the time was Ernest Mongnall. Need more clues?

  16. james21 says:

    I’d rather have someone openly be obcene like Cedars than have someone add sly little cloak and dagger digs. You can’t call anyone antiscouser. Were u never hugged as a child?

  17. King Eric says:

    bobbycharlie1968 – Once again pal. Top , top post. “There’s a tavern in the town, in the town, and we’re gonna burn it down, burn it down, we’re gonna hang Dalglish from the ……………” Top song that. “Kenneth” Quality mate.

  18. CedarsDevil says:

    James21

    That antiscouse fella has been well and truly sussed and flushed may I add…….

    What a fucking fake, United fan my ass

  19. kanchelskis says:

    @AntiScouser

    Wikipedia is a great thing, eh?

  20. AntiScouser says:

    @james21

    Well, I keep my obcsenities down to a minimum. Unlike you people here. Pretending to be some “elite club of supporters”, only ones fit to diagnose the team’s problems, bashing anybody else who drops by to comment from time to time.

    It’s disturbing to see a group of adults (presumably) succumb to that type of primitive gruopthink. Makes me sick really.

  21. james21 says:

    antiscouser
    no need to put any money on it. I’m transparent, diplomatic and would never dig any fellow reds. Daytrippers i would but tongue and cheek only. I Don’t do sly and i don’t need to get arsey.

  22. james21 says:

    bloody phone signal. Grr

  23. james21 says:

    antiscouser. I’ve seen your posts before. U come on with unconstructive comments as if your spoiling for an arguement. What other reaction would u expect when most of these posters u talk about come out with ‘Carrick is shit. Evans is a wanker or SAF has lost it’ theres never a reason or anything to back the comment up so no wonder they get bashed. You come here and question my education without even knowing me yet you’re so eager to call everyone else who have a pop at u. Take your clever little words phrases, your superior education and your snide sly comments and go for a swim in the ship canal. Ttfn

  24. Fred says:

    FletchTHEMAN credited Berbatov with scoring more goals than he has actually scored, in less time than he has really been here; with helping us win a trophy that we never won, and costing less than he really did. Apart from that, great summary of Berbatov’s time with United! :lol:

  25. 68Devils says:

    RedBlizzard
    Great link.Feels comforted with all the injuries and the basel game coming up.Thanks!!
    FOLLOW ME AND MANCHESTER UNITED.

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