After two tough games against Chelsea and Manchester City, Manchester United needed a good result at home to Crystal Palace to get back on track. And that is just what they got as Juan Mata’s tame effort evaded Julian Speroni to secure all three points, and put the top four push back on.
But should we read much into this win? Have United turned the corner again? We’re not sure, and here are THREE reasons to treat this one with caution…
£150m spent over the summer, and Man United’s decision to invest heavily in attacking stars looks to have been an unwise one. A difficult start to the season has found their shaky backline exposed on too many occasions, and today was another example. While Wayne Rooney, Angel di Maria and Robin van Persie were in the final third, at the back Daley Blind and Paddy McNair were at centre-back, with Antonio Valencia and Luke Shaw either side…
Bang average again, we are so unbalanced it’s untrue taking into account our horrendous injury list, no rhythm to our play #mufc
— Conor McGreevy (@carlitosway31) November 8, 2014
United look so poor and unbalanced to be honest #MUFC
— Romano (@Romano_Maharaj) November 8, 2014
Blind back in mid & Carrick in defense? The only striker who scored goals i.e. Rooney is playing in mid. Mess it is.#mufc
— thePacifist (@WatratPoraga) November 8, 2014
Even with the talent they have, United are struggling in front of goal. Van Persie and Rooney were at fault on occaisons today, and it took a fortunate Juan Mata effort to get things moving. Money can’t buy goals, apparently!
That was awful from Van Persie. We should have him on the bench.
— Inza (@Inza786) November 8, 2014
Mata is the top scorer in #MUFC, great. He tops scoring mere 3 goals, huh!!
— Hafiz Rasheed (@hfz_r) November 8, 2014
We need more goals from MUFC, dammit.
— Ginika Igboanugo (@Blackwood_WR) November 8, 2014
Had Frazier Campbell not fluffed his line just before half time, then it could have been a very different result! The ex Red Devils trainee snuck in behind Blind and McNair, but his lofted effort over David de Gea sailed aimlessly into the crowd…
Campbell’s miss should see him subbed for that alone. #warnockout
— Laurence Hill (@LaurenceCPFC) November 8, 2014
United were lucky not to concede when Campbell went through one on one. McNair & Blind proving we are struggling without natural CB’s #MUFC
— Everything Man Utd (@everything_utd) November 8, 2014
— Saurabh Ban (@Saurabh_Ban) November 8, 2014