Originally posted on 19 Times And That’s A Fact.
With the international break this weekend, we’re left in a bit of a quandary – nobody can really judge our season as yet, but you can’t help but look back. Such a strong start, yet some very lacklustre performances. But why?
The plain and simple reason is that of our midfield. I’ve said time and time again that we have no-one in the middle of the park to connect our strikers and our defenders. Our lack of counter-attack ability proves this. The Norwich game last weekend helped show how we hold onto the ball far too long, then get trapped into tight positions in the middle third of the pitch. It’s a very dangerous game to play.
But we can’t keep blaming Anderson, Darren Fletcher and Michael Carrick for our problems. We’ve been weak in defence without Vidic, and Rio certainly is leaving a lot to be desired. Phil Jones has been our star of the season so far – he’s a man possessed sometimes. Chris Smalling continues to improve and impress, but again, Patrice Evra seems to be a bit off-form too. Pressure of concentrating on being interim captain? Surely not for a man who ahs given so much to our team the last few seasons.
We seem to be relying far too much on Wayne Rooney up top. I know he is seemingly our best player, but does that mean we should become a one-man team? The whole attraction of United is that we’re not, and we just drive forward as a unit, not just one man and another ten following up.
I will admit that we have played some cracking football at times too. Our first few games of the season, in particular the 8-2 victory against Arsenal, really shone, and made us stand out from the crowd.
So what would solve all this? I know we keep going back to it, but someone in midfield with experience, and with attacking AND defensive prowess. We miss Scholesy, who brought a lot to the table with his play. Someone like Paul is needed to tie all the team together, and bring us completely together as one.
Will Sneijder join? If things stay the same, don’t be surprised to see Fergie make a cheeky bid. We’ve been long linked with Bastian Schweinsteiger, who would be an equally good signing. Other names floating around are Javi Martinez, Marek Hamsik, and Eden Hazard, all of whom could do the job.
Until that hole is plugged, we’re going to keep seeing these scrappy, drawn-out performances, which I know for a fact is annoying every United fan around the world.