The two Manchester clubs battled it out in the quest for a top four finish. A dire game that showed why both teams are fighting for fourth place rather than for the title. Arguably getting a win was more important for City as a top four finish is all Pep Guardiola can aim to achieve after failing in the cup competitions.
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Manchester United’s season was completely summed up this afternoon, as the club dropped more points late on in needless fashion. Jose Mourinho must be extremely frustrated with the players, and I’m sure he’s not best pleased with Marouane Fellaini following a late error.
1. Wayne Rooney isn’t a midfielder
Rooney got out battled, outthought and outclassed by the West Ham midfielders today. The game passed him by and he didn’t do anywhere near enough to try and combat it. He couldn’t get into the match whatsoever.
1. The FA Cup is a superb chance for silverware
The draw has really opened up for United, with Arsenal and Liverpool being the other so called ‘bigger clubs’ left. With a trip to Preston next up, a spot in the quarter finals should be an absolute minimum.
1. The lads look out of ideas
Its rather worrying when Manchester United have 80% of possession against League Two opposition and cannot do anything at all with it. Louis van Gaal has a huge task on his hands here, and he needs to get the team playing decent football again.
1. Marouane Fellaini is key
The game changed when Marouane came on, and he scored the all-important goal which gave United the breakthrough. His resurgence to form has been wonderful to watch, and long may it continue.
Its common knowledge that Manchester United certainly need to invest – and particularly in the defensive third of the pitch. With the transfer window now open, and Louis van Gaal not keen to talk about this subject with the media, we’ve compiled a list of five potential centre-backs Manchester United could look at:
1. Ander Herrera has a passion for Manchester United
Ander Herrera’s thunderbolt was greeted by a superbly passionate celebration with the travelling United fans. Its great to see how much he loves the club already, and he seems to love it in Manchester.
1. Radamel Falcao has something to offer
El Tigre put in a superb performance today, and was somewhat unfortunate to be substituted midway through the second half. The Columbian took his goal excellently and grew into the game as it went on, maybe Van Gaal was protecting him from tiredness after a lengthy injury layoff.
1. United’s front line is deadly
Robin van Persie, Radamel Falcao and Wayne Rooney are clinical. United don’t create as many chances as we’d like, but these lads seem to take pretty much every decent chance they get and its brilliant to see.
2. Ashley Young still offers something
Ashley Young has stepped it up in recent weeks and his crossing has proven to be a real threat, especially with Radamel Falcao’s presence in the air. His defensive duties have certainly improved too, and there is no doubt that Young still has something to offer Manchester United.
3. Juan Mata is better at home
We’ve noticed this in recent weeks, but Juan Mata seems to play an awful lot better when United are at home and on the front foot rather than playing on the counter. Yesterday he thrived in the #10 spot, and some of the passes he played were absolutely sublime.
4. Wayne Rooney can play anywhere
Wayne Rooney once again showed his versatility by playing from midfield. He reminded me of the old Paul Scholes who used to bomb forward at the perfect times, and Rooney certainly did that to perfection. He was more than deserving of his two goals, plus he added a superb assist.
5. Radamel Falcao can offer United something
El Tigre deserved a goal for his work rates alone yesterday. The Columbian unselfishly squared it to Wayne Rooney for his first, before putting in a perfectly timed slide tackle to set United on their way for their second. Despite not scoring, Falcao was one of the best players on the park.
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