‘Heartstopper at the Hawthorns’ United v WBA – 5 Things I Noticed
Cleverley and Anderson are a very exciting pair in midfield but one couldn’t help but feel that Carrick’s presence was missed when West Brom were unleashing wave upon wave of sharp counter-attacks, exploiting the lack of defensive midfielder in the United lineup.
In a way its so refreshing to see United just go hell for leather, but a mobile Carrick-like player in that midfield, who fits into this new found style could be the smart signing United need to make before this transfer window shuts. It would allow Anderson and Cleverley to go about controlling games without having to worry about defensive responsibilities, and away from home against top opposition, this could be crucial.
Opposition Watch: Shane Long
A recent acquisition, a much needed one for the Baggies who are heavily reliant on the speed and trickery of Odemwingie. Hopefully for their sakes they can keep both players but if Odemwingie is to go, the glimpses we had of Long today were enough to suggest he can certainly make an impact at this level.
Forget the goal which was brought about by De Gea’s error, it was his general play which must have heartened Albion fans. Unlike Cox who just hasn’t looked Premiership quality over 90 minutes, Long’s hold up play and low centre of gravity were of a good level and United defenders struggled to knock him off the ball. He was also very sharp with the ball and displayed good feet. So an interesting debut. Another player who caught the eye once again was Simon Tchoyi, who was an absolute beast on the ball and someone who I can see moving to a big team.
A thrilling encounter brought about by both sides cavalier attitudes, but there will be question marks on both sides with regards to the quality of their keepers. Both looked shaky and when you compare their respective performances to the keepers who featured in the Stoke v Chelsea game, there was a big difference.
Up front both teams sizzled and I for one look forward to the return fixture, as games against the Baggies rarely disappoint. Anyway its good to finally have some serious football back and after yesterday’s turgid offering, todays encounter at the Hawthorns was the premier league at its electric best.
Raees (follow me on www.Twitter.com/redrae7_mufc)