So, I pick two set of players for tonight’s game. The first one is without baring in mind the FA Cup match at the Wembley in a couple of days. No resting, no rotation, the best set of players available.
And the next one is with those important on Saturday rested with some players given playing time.
Still, it is a must win game, especially now that the neighbors lost two points at Newcastle!
Once again, the “one step forward, two steps backwards” scenario kicked us in the face – we could have applied some pressure on the top four and even on Tottenham & Arsenal.
Bad decisions before the game (starting XI), some sort of insanity during the game (well, can’t explain Mata’s behavior…), bad in-game management, poor substitutions. I still thought United should win it even with ten men on the pitch, but it wasn’t to be. And everything that had been built in the four games prior to this, was forgotten in a second.
After a couple of nice performances another bad one – we were lucky enough not to concede a couple of times.
Blind had a bad day, and particularly in the first half, Watford could have scored some goals. Still, a win is a win, and the most important thing is that this season we more often lost these kinds of games than won. And finally, we could capitalize on the others loss!
But I just don’t like watching us fighting defenders in the 87th minute at the corner flag only to waste time. The last time I enjoyed that was vs Everton a couple of years ago (2007, I guess) but then it was Rooney who made the defenders look like… errm, it doesn’t matter. And then we moved 5 points clear on the table to win the league…
Hey, what a great game this was. Really, it was a throwback to better times in terms of performances, youth and even managerial skills. I really can’t remember seeing LVG in the technical zone.
Anyway, my ratings are here and hopefully you can follow them after every match – unless Manchester Evening News suspends posting the form after the matches. (Just like I can’t always find their form to post your planned XI for the games.)
(But then if they do then I can post my own without a picture of it. Never mind, I’ll sort that out later.)
Almost at the end of the season, mathematically a very important one point needed for United to secure a fourth place finish to enter the qualifying period of the Champions League. Though our superior goal difference probably means even if we loose both games (Arsenal and Hull City) we can still remain in fourth.
So, there are only two games left, and then only the summer to enjoy with the offseason and the transfer window. I expect us doing business at the beginning, with some of the big names leaving Old Trafford – and new ones arriving.
Well, gameweek 37 predictions, as ever, feel free to post yours.
I can’t really write anything, so this time I’m just gonna post the table.
OK, no, it’s quite a good match ahead, Palace away, they are in twelfth position, rather secure – but remember last year, when Liverpool thought the same? They lost their title to them. Anyway, we can win and we can loose the 4th place by the time the game finishes at Stamford Bridge.
So, if there is a must win game, then this one is.
But then, on the other hand, we seem to be heading for a nice pre-window, as we seem to be doing our business before it, so that the deals are finalized prior to the opening of transfer season. Good news, really, with Depay coming in July at the beginning of the tour and the pre-season.
And there’s more to follow, as we are said.
And my team, I was really tempted to leave de Gea out, because he’s just…, I don’t know, I don’t understand this situation with his contract. He should make up his mind and clear it completely. I would go for di Maria, to have an attacking line-up, and give it all we can.