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The desire to win, something Arsenal lack and we have!

Sid Sunday, March 13, 2011


Saturday ended on a perfect note for us, as we beat the Gunners 2-0 in the FA cup and a very comfortable win at that! What made this win sweeter was the fact that Gunners have now been knocked out of three competitions in the past fortnight, going from challengers for a quadruple to challenging for only one title!

When the starting XI was announced, I think almost every Manchester United fan (yes, including me) feared for the worst; we were playing with 7 natural defenders, 1 midfielder and 2 strikers. Sir Alex having to improvise due to injury problems and the champions league game coming up against Marseille on Tuesday.
But Sir Alex again went on to show why he’s considered one of the greatest managers of all times, as our team of defenders over the next 90 minutes proceeded to play brilliant counter attacking football, Something I haven’t seen United do in a long time, and win the game.

So far this season, we have won our games without everyone on the pitch playing at their best, but on Saturday every player on the pitch turned up to win the game and give it their all. That is what really separated us from the gunners on the night, the desire to win the game and get our season back on track.

Several players stood out during the game, and here are those caught my eye:

The twins, Fabio and Rafael, were very impressive playing as wingers, especially Fabio, who was tormenting Sagna, catching him out of position over and over again! His display down the left wing might give Sir Alex food for thought, and we might possibly see Fabio play further games this season as a left winger!

Wayne Rooney was another who was brilliant on the night; asked to play in central midfield; he did a brilliant job of leading our counter attacks, and swiftly turning defense into attack. He played the game with a drive and passion that has been missing for a while, reminding everyone that the old Rooney is still about, waiting to be unleashed!

Chris Smalling was another who rose to the occasion and stood out alongside Vidic. Nothing seemed to be getting past the young Englishman as he kept making important stops and interceptions throughout the night. Rio Ferdinand should start getting worried, because Smalling is making quite an impression, getting better with every game he plays!


Then of course there was our bionic Dutchman, Edwin Van der Sar, making save after save, ensuring the gunners didn't get a chance to make a comeback! he was showing no signs of his age, as he made so brilliant saves showing that his reflexes are as good as ever. as with every United fan, i hope he doesn't retire ever!!

But the biggest success story of the night was the return of Antonio Valencia! Returning from a 6 month Lay-off, he got into the action immediately, marauding down the right wing with the ball, and he started the move that led to Wayne Rooney’s goal. Valencia seems to be as good as he was before the injury and being fresh, Valencia’s return might just be what we needed to help provide that final push in our quest for the treble!

As I had said in my blog post before the game, a victory in this game could prove to be a turning point in the season for the winners! And hopefully we’ll build on the momentum and confidence that the team will get from this great win and march on!!

1 comments:

farlieonfootie said...

Great article -- you hit on all the highlights. I touched on some similar themes in my own blog, and it was incredibly exciting for me to see the return of the devastating counter-attack. So many times this season we've headed down the pitch and then the attack has stalled as we've had to wait for our attackers to all get into position. Yesterday, with Rafael anf Fabio in the first half, and Valencia and Giggs in the second half, and with Rooney putting in the shift of two men in the middle for the entire 90+, the counter was alive and well. I hope this signals even better things to come over the next two months!!

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