After a poor performance earlier this week against Valencia CF we expected a tough match against a Sunderland side who are in good form at the moment. Sunderland have proved in the past few weeks that they are well able to play good football and challenge the top teams in English football.
I don’t mind saying this because there manager was a great at Manchester United, Steve Bruce. They also have a few players on their squad that didn’t quite make it at United, Kieran Richardson, Fraizer Campbell and Phil Bardsley who I was a fan of!
United’s back four today was outstanding but if it wasn’t we would of been in awful trouble because it looked like we didn’t have a midfield to support them! Sunderland dominated the center of the park and there is no doubt about that.
At this level you can’t waste opportunities by miss judging passes or late tackles because it doesn’t do nothing but waste valuable time. This happened to us on many occasion’s with Anderson, O’Shea and a good few more.
Manchester United had one real chance in the whole first half which came from a free kick took by Nani who wasn’t at the races. He has this thing in his mind that he always wants to be the hero in a selfish way. Plenty of times at the end of the match he had better options on, but he did his own thing and took ridiculous shots with only one being on target.
Hernandez, Berbatov and Bébe were the three substitutes Ferguson made. It was Bébe’s league debut where he got on the ball a good few times making it clear that he wanted to make a good impression showing his speed and bits of skill.
Manchester United improved throughout the second half getting on more attacks but failed to score. Hernandez and Berbatov played some great one-two’s but Sunderland played with all their men back which made it very difficult to score or set up real opportunities.
We now sit in second place three points behind Chelsea with Manchester City and Arsenal playing tomorrow which could have us in forth place if the both teams win.