Even with several reserve team players in the side Alex Ferguson wouldn’t have expected his side to lose to West Ham, especially not in the manner and by the scoreline they did.
It wasn’t exactly surprising to see a Sam Allardyce side roll over and play dead against United but that win was just what Alex Ferguson’s side needed to breathe a little life into what has been an unconvincing first half of the season.
Despite their current position in the league, United have put in a lot of poor performances this season and are fortunate not to have been punished more severely. Whether the West Ham result impacts on the over-all confidence of the squad is uncertain but if Blackpool can start positively then they could raise a few doubts in the minds of the United players.
Dimitar Berbatov may have eleven league goals this season but he’s only scored in two of United’s last nineteen games, not all of which he’s featured in to be fair. Don’t bank on him getting on the sheet against
Blackpool. If the visitors’ confidence is still high and Holloway’s men give them too much respect then heavy defeats for Blackpool at the hands of Arsenal and Chelsea may spell danger for the home side.
United -2 goals at 5/2 could be worth taking on. However one good win is just one good win and with six away draws already this season there could well be some joy for the home side. Blackpool at 7/1 is tempting but the more probable 7/2 on the draw will still result in a chirpy post-match ramble from at least one of the managers. Even on the BBC.