Having missed the Villa game with a broken foot, today was my first game of the season. In fact it’s the first time I’ve walked any sort of distance since June. 🙁
The game was very disappointing, exactly like most of the games over the last couple of seasons. Same dull tactics, poor team selections and lack of ambition on the field. It was also sad to see many of the regular faces around me were missing and the fans’ Stretford End banners had all been taken down. 😥
Van der Sar, who I think is a great signing, was outstanding on the couple of occasions he was called upon. Heinze had a decent game, too, taking up the vacant left wing position when the real winger had wandered elsewhere. Rooney was the only other player I would say did well today, really wanting the ball and showing the spirit that the others are sadly lacking.
The bad points: Silvestre’s usual lack of concentration nearly gifted City a goal; Darren Fletcher was absolutely awful again; Scholes played too deep and had a quiet game; Smith has the heart but not the skill to make a decent central midfielder; Park is busy but ineffective. Ruud van Nistelrooy barely had a touch of the ball except for his goal right at the end of the first half. 😡
City’s equaliser came midway through the second half when Joey Barton managed to knock home the rebound when Van der Sar parried a good strike from Andy Cole. Ferguson brought on the big guns, Giggs and Keane, but with only 15 minutes to go there was little chance for them to turn things around – perhaps the strongest team should have been played from the outset? City could have won it in the last minute but for another excellent save from Van der Sar.
The only good thing I can say about today is that my foot feels OK after the walk. 😕