Well let me start by getting the lone positive from the game out. We won. Yup, that’s it folks, we won. And if that’s all it takes to make many of you all wet and warm and fuzzy in your nether regions then may I offer some advice after you check yourselves for a pulse. Get a life. Seriously, if that’s all it takes to please many of you, you seriously need to get out more and start experiencing life.
Javier Hernandez scored the only goal as United clung on to claim three points at Goodison Park, in a hard-fought Premier League encounter. A week after being battered by City in the derby, United got back to winning ways, thanks to a smash and grab win. Everton-United matches are always feisty affairs and have produced their fair share of late drama in the last few seasons, with United registering their last win on the blue half of Merseyside four years ago.
What’s the best way to put a terrible defeat behind you? One word: winning. After Sunday’s Manchester derby disaster, Manchester United took a step in the right direction with a comfortable 3-0 win at Aldershot in the fourth round of the Carling Cup on Tuesday. However, as nice as that win was, a win against a League Two side doesn’t quite compare to the boost that an away win against Everton today would provide. Goodison Park is never an easy place to play, and if United can bounce back with a strong performance against a tough team in a tough place to play, it will be a very welcome sight.
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Now that we’ve had a few days to digest the atrocity which occurred on Sunday at Old Trafford, many solutions have been touted in order to prevent such a massacre happening in the future. However the loss itself wasn’t a massive surprise as we’ve lost our way in recent weeks and it is up to us to resurrect our season once again.
When I was offered the chance to write about United’s best ever centre-backs, as part of a Best XI feature, I jumped with excitement at the opportunity, without realizing that I was facing two huge tasks. The first is that compiling a list (no matter the subject) is never easy and always likely to leave somebody disappointed or with enough ammunition to argue the choices that have been made. The second, and more practical, is that for a club such as United, whose tradition has largely been built on an attacking approach, with all the flair and panache of midfielders, wingers and strikers, it’s easy to forget how blessed the team has been over the years, with some great centre-backs gracing Old Trafford’s turf. This is a list of (arguably) United’s best 10 centre-backs: some might seem obvious choices, some might not, some might even seem totally unjustified and spark a debate, but isn’t this the point of writing a list?
Manchester United are through to the quarter finals of the Carling Cup after a 3-0 win at Aldershot.
Two days after suffering one of the most humiliating defeats in their history, United made a first step towards recovery by disposing of the League 2 outfit.
A lot has been said, and will no doubt be said, about Sunday, with some fans suggesting that Sunday’s starting XI should have started tonight’s game as a form of punishment, while others, for the same reasons, hoped to see as young a side as possible. Luckily for both parties, Fergie is far more pragmatic than a lot of fans, which is why he’s been at the helm for 25 years. Although he did make some changes – with all due respect to Aldershot, it is the Carling Cup after all – some of the more experienced players kept their places.
Often enough, we see Manchester United stutter at least somewhat over the course of the first few months of the season, then catch fire and show their best at the right time on the way to a successful season. But unlike, say, last season, United started fast this season, and for the most part, the first couple of months of the season were full of positives.