16 August 2014
A new season, a new coach, new formation but same result. The malaise from the 10 months of David Moyes continued to haunt the Red Devils. The Swans were not given a chance, odds reaching 1:9 at one stage. United has never lost the opening league match since 1972. However, it was a nervous display from the Red Devils. There was no creativity, team work or any form of penetration, so much so that Swansea was able to win quite effortlessly 2-1 for the first time in the league at Old Trafford the Theatre of Dreams. It is now no more a daunting place to visit for any 'small league teams'.
Louis Van Gaal will have a lot to do to mould/create a team to finish in the top 10, not to mention Championship football, at this rate of going. The defence should be the first to be totally reconstructed. Phil Jones and Chris Smalling were not imposing or dominating enough, making mistakes all the time. Evans is always injured. Rookie Tyler Blackett made an encouraging start but that was all. Even the new signing Luke Shaw was injured. Ashley Young cannot stand in as a defender!!
The midfield, supposedly to be very strong missed the creativity to unlock a well-drilled team like Swansea. Juan Mata was nowhere when he was most needed. Maybe Angel Di Maria should be signed. It is also time for Adnan Januzaj given Ryan Giggs' number 11, to consolidate his place in the team!!!
Nani, Young, Javier Hernadez must go. The dead/rotten wood must be removed before another disastrous season occurs. The need for new quality players is ever more urgent as nearly all of them would have committed to their team at this moment. Last minute purchases, before the window closes at the end of the month are often cases of desperation.
No balance, No confidence , No swagger when playing at home. That is NOT Manchester United.
For the record, all the other title favourites won:
Chelsea vs Burnley 3-1 (away)
Manchester City vs Newcastle 2-0 (away)
Arsenal vs C Palace 2-1
Tottenham vs West Ham 1-0
Liverpool vs Southampton 2-1