Man United played a bore goalless draw at Anfield against Liverpool. One of the biggest games of the season. Here are five things we learnt.
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1. THE TITLE RACE IS ON..
If anybody told me at the start of the new season that Man United would be top, I wouldn’t have believed him. Not that it’s a lack of belief. We were way too inconsistent. The arrival of Bruno Fernandes changed that to some extent. Now, there is a certain belief in the players that they are one of the best teams in England. And right now we are still top of the table – 2 points clear of our noisy neighbours.
2. MCFRED CAN’T MOVE THE BALL QUICKLY ENOUGH
This double pivot is great when we want to concentrate on the defensive side of things but Liverpool were there for the taking. If we brought on Van de Beek, we could have changed the game. Basically, Fred and McTominay are two players who do one person’s job. That being said I don’t want to take anything away from their performances against Liverpool. They were extremely good defensively but when we need to win games, we need to attack. And they can’t move the ball quick enough.
3. LUKE SHAW WAS BRILLIANT FOR MAN UNITED
The battle between Alex Telles and Luke Shaw for the Left Back spot will be an interesting one to watch. At the moment Luke Shaw seems to be winning it. Yeah, I know he doesn’t have the whipped delivery that Telles offers but he is good going forward. Add that to his defensive prowess and he is probably one of England’s best Left Backs. This year whenever he has not been injured, he has performed consistently well. And I think we need to put some respect next to his name.
4. VAN DE BEEK NEEDS TO START
I cannot stress enough how important this is. We fought off Real Madrid for this boy and whenever he has played, he has looked the part. But I have no idea why he doesn’t start. Van de Beek can do what Scott McTominay does in his sleep. Firstly, he is a player who can provide an option for a pass in midfield. Secondly, he has the vision to create attacks with his passing range. And finally, he is not shy of a tackle. He should have started the game but didn’t and it cost us a win maybe.
5. PAUL POGBA IS IN GOOD FORM AT THE MOMENT FOR MAN UNITED
For the past two months or so, Paul Pogba has really stepped up his game. This is the player that is worth 90 million. For the past few games he has been consistently good – something which didn’t happen often at Man United. Can he keep it up or is it just a show to get a transfer? Only time will tell..