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Thoughts on the Wolves game.

November 9, 2010

I. Let’s not panic. Yes, we were poor, but we were without Valencia, Nani, Giggs, Scholes (for 45 minutes), Rooney, Berbatov, Carrick and Evra and Hernandez were also feeling it. Let’s see how any other team does with that many first-choice players out.

 

II. Park is back! He must be nailed-on to play against City given that Giggs and Nani are doubtful, despite having played so much lately. He’s gone from being one of our worst performers to our most in-form. We all know about his penchant for scoring in big games, so let’s hope he continues that.

 

III. Fletcher continues to improve. Despite not having shown his best form overall, he appears to have become a more effective player going forward. He has spoken of his desire to score more goals, but both of Park’s were set up by Fletcher passes, the first a beautifully-judged ball that Scholes himself would’ve been proud of.

 

IV. Despite that, we still struggle without Scholes or, yes, Carrick. Fletcher’s dynamism is his greatest asset, but he needs a partner to sit and spray passes and dictate the game as much as they need him to do the running. If we’re playing with 2 in midfield, the combination should ALWAYS be one of fletcher, hargreaves, and anderson, and one of carrick and scholes. If we can’t do that, we shouldn’t play 2 in midfield.

Of course, there’s a point to be made here: we didn’t start with 2 in midfield. To which I would add a third point about picking our midfield: we must also never have ANYONE from the following list of players:

John O’Shea.

 

V. Despite all that, the three points were more than welcome. It was the sort of match that we needed to just get out of the way and forget about. Now, Eastlands beckons.

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