Date:Saturday September 15 2007
Nemanja Vidic's goal and outstanding display in defence sealed three points for United against a disappointing Everton side.
I say Everton were disappointing but the problem is that United were little better. We had the vast majority of possession and created the better chances - I say chances though I'd struggle to name more than two.
Saha's absence from the starting line-up was, at least for me, a surprise after he made the difference against Sunderland. Evra for some reason was preferred over Nani on the left wing and though I had my doubts, the Frenchman delivered in an unfamiliar position, too.
After 39 minutes he was switched back to his original position due to Mikael Silvestre's injury - his leg turned in a horrible way, let's hope it's not too serious. Nani was introduced but nothing significant happened until half-time.
In the second half we had survive early pressure from Everton, Scholes headed the ball off the line after a Johnson header ut that was it for the hosts. United took control, passed the ball around in the opposite half but struggled to pose a serious threat on goal.
Tevez and Giggs was disappointing, Ronaldo was average but Scholes could have scored after Tevez played him in but he pulled his shot over the bar from 13 yards.
The introduction of Saha could not come soon enough and Fergie hauled off Giggs but the substitution did not have the desired impact. United were easily in control but had no ideas whatsoever how to break down their opponents though it's true we should have had a penalty for Osman's foul on Ronaldo - instead he received a yellow card for it. It's really worrying now.
But of course the big bad Serbian came to our aid, seven minutes from time he rose to a Nani corner and his beautifully struck header found the net. Fergie brought off Nani at once, sent on Piqué and though we had to survive a scare at the end, we held off the hosts easily to claim three vital points.
But where will the goals come from? I really can't understand where we left them. Last season we were full of verve and flair and goals. None of the key players left, quality players arrived yet we struggle. I still believe we'll find our feet sooner or later but it better be sooner, these Chelsea-type wins can't go on forever, because we are not Chelsea.
Saha should be brought back into the starting line-up as soon as possible and hopefully we'll have Rooney available from Wednesday. After that, only Ronaldo will have to find his form and Fergie will have to realise that by trying to pass everything down the middle, we'll achieve nothing. Penetration down the wing has always been one of United's greatest strength and we should not surrender that, especially with the wide players we have at our disposal.
Date:Saturday September 15 2007
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