With our poor record against Manchester United, we don’t usually expect to win or even collect a point when we play the Red Devils. Even though Louis van Gaal’s squad looks quite strong, his team did not perform particularly well in Friday’s match against us. I think that if our side was at its best we could easily have beaten United.
In some ways, they were there for the taking. They only won the match by one goal and the reason they were able to put the ball in the back of the net was hardly down to their quality but rather due to poor defending. They had very few serious chances to score and their creative spells (of which there were few) normally resulted in squandered half chances.
In terms of creativity, we weren’t any better. We had players on the pitch who can create chances, such as Scott Sinclair. The winger had a poor first half and in the short time he was on the pitch in the second half he seemed up for it and was playing well. However, he was substituted and replaced by new fans’ favourite Rudy Gestede. If we had been able to create some chance, particularly when Gestede, a target man, came on, we could have caught their back line off guard and pulled the game level and could potentially have scored a winner.
The Reds were far from their best but then again so were we. The game itself was poor and nothing much of interest occurred. Due to the unfortunate accident resulting in the closure of the M6, many had spent hours travelling to this match and eventually arrived expecting a decent game, as both sides have a lot of new and potentially exciting players. They were all disappointed, although many thought that Tim Sherwood could take more positives out of the match than his counterpart Louis van Gaal. The Reds looked weak and vulnerable. If our side had gelled and offered more in attack, a bit of creativity here and there could have ended our awful record at home against United. We didn’t take advantage of their poor effort and our long period without a home win against Manchester United continues, shamefully set to stretch to at least twenty-one years.