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United’s Blazing Start Continues Against Bolton

Manchester United’s hot start to the season continued with a 5-0 win against Bolton.

Irresistible yet again. The question now is how long we can sustain this level of performance before this great run finally ends. As fun as it’s been, we know this can’t last forever. What we can do for now I suppose, is to enjoy every minute of it while the going’s good.

Couple more takeaways from today’s game:

Return of Chicharito

As tough as it was to watch Welbeck pull up with a hamstring injury after such a positive start to the season, it was comforting to know that we had Chicharito back to full fitness and capable of stepping into the starting 11 without a drop off in quality. His 2 goals were typical of what we’ve come to expect from the young Mexican. Thus far, it doesn’t look like he’s going to hit the 2nd season slump that plague so many young players in the league. With Welbeck expected back from his injury sooner than originally anticipated, we look to be deep in quality with our frontline.

Rooney, Rooney and more Rooney

Our form as a team has obviously been due to all the players out on the field. However, there can be no denying that Rooney has had a major part to play in our start being as great as it has been. Beyond the goals that seems to be coming on a weekly basis, his distribution and workrate have been top notch from the very beginning. Undoubtedly, our squad is deep and immensely talented. But if there is one player we know we cannot afford to lose to injury, it would be Rooney. Without him, we would still be very good, but definitely not great.

The backline

Phil Jones with his lungbusting run that eventually set up Rooney’s second goal deserves special mention. With every passing game, he is looking more and more like a bargain despite the rather high fee we paid for a player with only one full season of Premier League experience under his belt. For a player of his build and fearlessness, he has not looked the least bit uneasy with the ball at his feet.

De Gea looks to be more assured with each game he plays and had a couple of fine stops today. The highlight for him however could possibly be his quick distribution in the 57th minute that allowed Chicharito the chance to bear down on the Bolton goal within seconds after they were launching an assault on ours. Van Der Sar singlehandedly set up a couple of our goals last season with his quick thinking and distribution and that trend looks to possibly continue with De Gea.

Efficient

This wasn’t a game where we were peppering Bolton’s goal. In fact, after we got to a position where the result was beyond doubt, we looked to just be doing our best to avoid injury heading into the 2 upcoming big games. According to the stats that were flashed during the game, we weren’t even dominating in terms of the shots being taken. Yet, we were incredibly efficient with the chances we did have. My point to this? That we are able to make the most of the chances we’re creating. And we are creating a ton of them this season.

Conclusion

The major downside to today’s victory was the injury sustained by Cleverley. Unlike the rapid recovery that young Welbeck is experiencing, the broken foot for Cleverley will probably keep him on the sidelines for quite a while. Part of our transfer strategy was predicated on having Cleverley anchor the midfield alongside Anderson. Without him, it’ll be interesting to see if Carrick is able to make the most of his chances or if someone else will step in and seize the opportunity.

Shaun

19 Comments

19 Comments

  1. Barry

    September 11, 2011 at 7:47 am

    Well, Fergie has already stated that Paul Pogba is ready for first team duty and should play in the Carling Cup match against Leeds. And so, United may have a potentially great midfielder, a box to box midfielder a la Patrick Viera and Claude Makelele, fine technique and shooting ability. With raves from all over and such a reputation placed, United may
    have the solution at hand. But I was hoping that Ravel Morrison would get a chance soon enough, as he is more a Scholes replacement. One more mention is that of Davide Petrucci, the new “Totti” included in United’s Euro Cup squad, as he is a playmaker himself also with shooting ability (was Roma’s top striker talent). United didn’t pay thrice more than Macheda and haul the whole family to Manchester, even giving his Dad a job as groundskeeper at Carrington, for nothing. Must be an incredible talent so that Fergie would have enough faith to list him for Euro now. And with Tunniclyffe set to join the first team next season as well, United has no problems with midfield player. YES, the NEW GENERATION UNITED is on the forefront! What with striker Will Keane Euro-listed as well, he banged the most goals for the Reserves last season and Oliver Norwood, the new “Beckham”, United’s best dead ball specialist, it seems Fergie wants to make sure United reigns another decade!

  2. godzilla

    September 11, 2011 at 8:28 am

    The Cleverly injury was the only dark spot. Either we got too complacent in the 2nd half OR it could be seen how mediocre our MF is with Carrick. Overall a very good performance which can only get better hopefully ! Rent Boys will be a good test without Cleverly and maybe Vidic !

    • [OPTI]Madschester United

      September 11, 2011 at 2:37 pm

      Carrick was on for 4 of our goals, so I don’t buy that he made us “mediocre”.

  3. Craig Mc

    September 11, 2011 at 9:09 am

    Who says it can’t last forever Shaun mi man? We want our players to stay in the positive frame of mind that says it can last. As long as we don’t go back to the endless stream of back passing which endangers our progressive football going forward – we can stay at least in the football we had in the Ronnie/Rooney/Tevez era! Oh YES!

    In an aside bit of news – the Arab world are raving – yes I said RAVING about lil man Nani – as Al jazeera and arabian national news media all reporting that Nani was THE ARCHITECT of most of Uniteds opportunities on goal in one way or another. Well it is nice to know that other folk as well as me see that – isn’t it! They maintain that most of our play came from Nani/Jones marvelous play down the right side of the field. I feel so proud 😆 . Only downer – the Arabs are willing to pay any money Nani and his agent wants to get Nani for one of their teams – OUCH United OUCH!

    • RedDevilEddy

      September 11, 2011 at 9:24 am

      You are suffering from Nanititsitis 😆 😆

      • Craig Mc

        September 11, 2011 at 9:42 am

        You tell that to the Arab’s Eddi mi man – because they have Nani-itis too. 😆 😆 😆 . The titbit news abour City wanting Hernandes/Nani came from a conversation my Bro and his mates had with shitty fans in a Manchester pub – so it beggars the question whether those City fans were winding our lot up? 🙄 Either that or my Bro is winding me up 😀

        • RedDevilEddy

          September 11, 2011 at 10:12 am

          Who wouldn’t want our dear masters of attacking football?! 😉 Nani and Chicho will get us a lot of goals this season no doubt.

  4. Craig Mc

    September 11, 2011 at 9:12 am

    Oh and yes – I am also hearing that the shit from wastelands want Hernandes and Nani – whatever next? Keep dreaming Wastelanders!

    • RedDevilEddy

      September 11, 2011 at 9:25 am

      They can lick my ballsack, if we keep playing this way they will stay at United forever! :mrgreen:

  5. RedDevilEddy

    September 11, 2011 at 9:15 am

    I’ve been really impressed by United so far this season. Of cource, the results speak for themselves! 8-2 vs Arsenal, 3-0 vs Spurs, and now 5-0 away to Bolton is something we never really should be able to accomplish! Yeah we are good, but judging by these results we shouldn’t be allowed to be this good. 😆 Seriously, eight fucking two against Arsenal and now 5-0 against Bolton… Especially yesterday I expected us to struggle. But it’s not only the results, the way we play is exceptional! It’s been quite a while since I’ve been this attracted to Manchester United. When we lost Welbeck against Arsenal I feared that this style would become a little too predictable with Chicharito filling in, but he was his efficient self and quite often I saw him make one-touch passes, move out to the wings tormenting the full backs, and his strength has really improved over the summer. He was good last season, but he was too much of a pure goalscorer. Yesteryday, he looked like the complete striker! One touch passing, moving into space, and one time in the first half I saw Young and Anderson as our striker, Nani and Chicharito as our midfielder, Jones as our right winger and Rooney on our left. It’s total football at its best! Fucking amazing, and I love it! Keep it going! :mrgreen:

    Feeling really sorry for Clevs by the way, all you guys know how much I love him 🙁 I wore my Cleverley 23 kit yesterday, and watching him limp off before the messages of a broken foot came our really saddened me. Get well soon Cleverley, we need you!!

  6. RedDevilEddy

    September 11, 2011 at 9:23 am

    Now onto a little more “pessimistic” views. 🙄 😆 Now is where the real tests begin. We face a fully fit Chelsea squad on Sunday, just after a midweek game away to Benfica. Then after Chelsea we face Stoke City at the Brittania. There are three massive fixtures, and don’t forget about the Leeds United game we play two days after Chelsea.

    So far we have faced a tough West Brom team and fought our way to a win, then an injury ravaged Spurs side, same with Arsenal who also were rock bottom in confidence, and Bolton who have been pretty much shit since Evans broke Holden’s leg. They have a good team, yes, but mentally they don’t look strong enough to stay in this League. Now, Chelsea and Stoke away are two completely different challenges! These will be some of our toughest games this season, and watching Stoke yesterday really made me a little scared. Now I know we aren’t Liverpool, and our playing style can beat anyone on our day, but their physicality may be a worry. Not because of De Gea, but because of Rio. If anything, Rio was the defender which got hazzled with the most yesterday. He has become old and soft, and these physical contests don’t really fit him. If Vidic is healthy, I would love to see a pairing of him and Jones that day! 😀 And Chelsea, well… If Park plays we will win, but where is there room for him I wonder?! 😆

  7. Irwell to Sicily

    September 11, 2011 at 9:45 am

    “Without him (Rooney) we’d be very good but definately not great”, what bollocks. When will people learn that we never die? There’s enough irritating crap from non United fans about how we”ll miss —— fill the gap, Cantona, Ronaldo etc etc. Rooney has been top class but believe me we would be ok. Anyone looking forward to seein Welbeck & Chicho up top together? How about that with Rooney in the Scheijder role! We have not relied on 1 player since Robbo in the 80’s so please Mr Writer, tell it like it is…

  8. Craig Mc

    September 11, 2011 at 9:54 am

    Mmmmm – don’t know why you say that Eddi – I saw the highlights of the Stoke game down the pub on match of the day, and to be honest the scouse GITS should have had a good few goals if their shootig boots hadn’t been left at home. Stoke will be a close game, but I think we should edge it! If we play Carrick in the Chelsea game – well I am not too sure about the result of that, but Fergie may play Park and Fletch with Ando for that game.

    • RedDevilEddy

      September 11, 2011 at 2:17 pm

      It’s still a tough game mate, one of the hardest of the season.

  9. Craig Mc

    September 11, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Kenny Dalglish is trying to be Fergie. He said post game, that in the last 4 games the ref’s had DONE L’Poo, and that he was going to talk to the clubs owners to ask what they want him to do about it. Talk to the clubs owners – WTF, do their American owners have any say in refereeing decisions really? The mind boggles – are we seeing the start of a RAFA type meltdown in Dalglish already???

  10. Man Utd Jaluo

    September 11, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Any news on clevs? Hoping its not as bad as early feared.. He should be getting the scan today

  11. Nick

    September 11, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    People always talk about how great and exciting Barca are to watch but I would much rather watch United play right now… the speed and power of our attack is amazing and I would pick us against any club in the world right now.
    Another simply amazing performance and we could have easily scored a few more goals. Rooney is going to have a blinder of a season and lead us to domestic and european glory this year

  12. Nikos

    September 11, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    That’s one of the rare moments where I will talk about Barcelona’s winning attitude.

    So…

    1. Barcelona never stop when winning 2-0 or 3-0.
    2. They usually score 4-5 goals against weak opponents.
    3. This makes the stronger opponents fear them and the weaker opponents hopeless.
    4. These results give them great confidence advatage against any opponent.
    5. This advantage reinforces the already strong team meantality.
    6. By using this combination of results and mentality (mentality feeds the results and vice versa) they built a great squad which is feared by everyone. Also, this squad has now grown so much that can rule every team on the pitch. These are the players that have won the Euro 2008 and the WC 2010.
    7. This huge combination of victories-mentality have made them fearless and even greedy. They won’t let anyone take their place. So, they dive and someday we will see them tackle the referee.

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    Anyway, what has stuck in my mind. Well, what is stuck on my mind? I think Fergie and the other coaches want to create a similar way of thinking by forcing players to win everything in a great way. This will make the opponents fear them etc….
    Maybe it’s true and maybe not. But at least we have to admit that the Spaniards do have this metality advantage and they will try to keep going like this… even if they have to tackle the referee… even if they have to become something like greedy Real Madrid or Chelsea (Chelsea -it was Paulo Fereira- tried to break Messi’s legs and I think it wasn’t just one time they tried to do this)

    Just some thoughts.

    P.S. : I like Barca’s greediness better than Mourinho’s greediness who is bastard and really forces his players to heavy-tackle their opponents. I would never like my opponent be ruled out by a tackle like Kevin Davies’s one.

    • Nikos

      September 11, 2011 at 4:34 pm

      Step no.7 will never be liked by me. I would never like our players dive and be sissies. All the other steps sound good to me.

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