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Job Done But A Bit More Efficiency Please

United deservedly beat Blackburn 2-0 in Saturday's late kick-off and kept up the pace with leaders Chelsea. But goal difference might become a problem if we do not match their ruthlessness.

Because United were creative enough, had enough chances to win several games yet just could not turn the superiority into a more comfortable win which is a problem. Of course it would be helpful if we did not sleep through the first half hour like we did today...

Blackburn came for one point: they defended deep, their attacking play was about hoofing aimless long balls forward which weren't threatening at all, even though we had an unusual centre-back pairing of Evans and Brown as Rio and Vidic have not recovered in time.

But even though Rovers parked the bus we did not press home the territorial advantage in the first half hour and only in the last 15 minutes of the first half did we come alive but the game almost exploded: Berbatov could have had a hat-trick but for Robinson's saves and Nani's slow thinking. Yet the first half ended goalless.

The second was much better: we did not wait 30 minutes to start testing Rovers' defence and we were rewarded soon when Evra's mishit shot was brilliantly hammered home by Dimitar Berbatov. A world-class finish if there ever was one.

This should have opened the floodgates but United insist on keeping us on the edge of our seats this season and profligacy is one of the main instrument in this quest. Even though Berbatov and Rooney combined well in attack, Nani was dreadful again while Valencia was quelled by Rovers simply: they just showed him onto his left foot all the time and we all know how reluctant he is to use that.

The two central midfielders, Carrick and Anderson, did not play as deep in the second half as they did in the first and that did wonders for our display but we have to take our chances. Obertan, the man replacing Nani, should have sealed the win twice but made the wrong decision on both occasions - the second was a totally astonishing miss.

In the end it was the impressive Rooney who put the result beyond doubt, turning in the equally impressive Anderson's low cross but Allardyce had good reasons to be aggrieved after their late goal was wrongly ruled out for offside. But Rovers did not deserve anything from this game and while United weren't magnificent, we were comfortably good enough to beat what was in front of us and we should have scored more. A good day in the office but plenty of room for improvement, with Stamford Bridge looming large.




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The Journalist

Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday October 31 2009

Time: 8:59PM

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Didn't see the game, but from what I heard, yes you did deserve to win, but Rovers were beyond terrible. What should bother the 'fans' is that you didn't do it comfortably, or convincingly. Last year you would have done, and you know it.
BlueWolfie
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31/10/2009 22:00:00

Another one down, still not at our best but only as expected. Chelsea next, a draw would do nicely although I can only really see Chelsea winning the game.
One United 92
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31/10/2009 22:24:00

I certainly can't disagree with that OU92
fifthcolumnblue
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31/10/2009 23:30:00

How you can support MANCHESTER UNITED and go into a game expecting a loss is beyond me! Grow a set man!
ForeverUnited
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01/11/2009 00:08:00

Nani and Valencia spend way too much time on the ball and are often indecisive.
Teddy_KGB
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01/11/2009 01:00:00

The match at SB will be crucial. I think you lot have got it to win there, so I'm very nervous. Hopefully, we'll win.
JT_daniel
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01/11/2009 08:48:00

Sorry BlueWolfie, but your talking crap. You're allowing the fact that we won the title last season to colour your recollection of our performances. Even with Ronaldo we struggled to break teams down and win convincingly. Look at the number of 1 goal victories we had last year (15 - almost half). We won games last year exactly the same way as we have this year - lots of chances, lots of misses - very slim margin of victory. We won 6 games by more than two last year Chelsea, Tottenham, Fulham, Stoke and West Brom (twice). Blackburn was 2-1 and 2-0. Our performances are no better this year than last but we are 4 points better off than we were at this point last year.
tuscan3000
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01/11/2009 10:28:00

Also, I don't think its fair to say that if you support manchester united you should expect to win every game. Expecting to lose is not the same as wanting to lose. Chelsea are a good team in very good form. If we dont have fletcher we can expect a similar team to the one that played liverpool (maybe with anderson replacing scholes). Its not unreasonable to suggest that Andersons erratic performances mean its difficult to predict what sort of impact he could have on the game. With chelsea being better than liverpool in almost every department its tough to see us sweeping them aside. We all know we CAN beat chelsea, but apart from blind optimism - I am yet to see anything concrete that suggests we will.
tuscan3000
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01/11/2009 10:35:00

keep it going lads , keep up with the good work .
kimbo
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01/11/2009 11:23:00

Do you seriously think i want us to lose? No, but on a realistic level we're playing Chelsea away who are currently on top form. Not only that they're all raring to play us and want to prove they didn't get luck in the Charity Shield, they're desperate to prove this year is their year and want to show the 3-0 thrashing was a fluke.
One United 92
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