United Throw Away Points
Huddersfield celebrate with there late show against United
It is plain and simple, Manchester United missed Steven Naismith! If I thought I would have ever been saying that sentence I would have laughed in your face because it looked like he was just going to be another middle of the road Scotsman like most of them in the Premier League but this month saw Manchester United drop points against both Huddersfield and Cardiff.
The month started off in brilliant style with a 4-1 victory in Russia. There is a lot of diplomatic issues in Russia at the moment and we were and are surprised that matches can still be played there but Naismith, Clyne, Mirallas and Rhodes got the goals to give us a much needed boost in the Champions League.
The Huddersfield match could not have gone any better for 85 minutes without Naismith. Candreva, who again was excellent and Wilfried Bony looked set to win yet another game for United, but Huddersfield have had a never say die attitude this season and in Adam Hamill and Lucas Neill from two set pieces claimed a priceless point for them and its two dropped points for United.
Lightening struck again 7 days later when 2-1 up at Cardiff, with Naismith still injured Stones and Van Persie had gave United the lead after United target Steven Caulker sent Cardiff infront. Man Utd dominated and bombarded the Cardiff goal but you sensed late in the second half they would get nervous and they did. Ginter, who had been excellent gave away a free kick in which Joe Mason blasted home! United had given away a late goal again.
United throw it away again against Cardiff
Still Naismith was out injured when United, last season's Champions league finalists came up against Monaco and again United were the better team and on the 25th minute Kevin Mirallas who looks at home int he Champions League gave them the lead with a sublime shot after good play by Alhadhur down the left. It was getting late in the second half again and Monaco had done nothing all match but Rodgers made a catastrophic decision to put on a 3rd centre back.
Monaco then pushed and pushed with United seemingly dropping deeper and deeper. On the 84th minute Falcoa had a perfectly legitimate goal disallowed and United must have thought it was there day but they were wrong and Falcao was not going to be defeated and he scored on the 87th minute to become the third match that United had gave away points which meant they were still in 3rd place in the Champions League table.
They then played Swansea next and Rodgers, who was hoping Naismith would be back for the Liverpool match in the Capital One Cup named Wellington Nem as captain Robin Van Persie's strike partnership and they were peppering the goal all game but at half time it was 0-0. The second half whoever was better and on the 48th minute Van Persie got the goal that United deserved. On the 63rd minute John Stones got slightly injured and Vlad Chiriches came on but United, who had not held on to a slender lead for 3 matches had to do it again. This time though it was no problem at all and the defence were really, really good. It leaves United lying top of the table still yet to be beaten.
League Table after 9 matches and Villa and Stoke are doing well
United are top from Chelsea and Spurs but its the disappointment of Everton and Newcastle that is the down side to the season so far.
The last match for United this month was against Liverpool, a team who they defeated 5-1 in the Premiership and Guus Hiddink named his strongest side and told the press they were going to beat United. Rodgers rested the likes of Van Persie, Townsend and Eriksen but Steven Naismith returned for the Red Devils. This match was an extremely tight affair and the only thing that decided it was a bit of magic by Suso. He got the ball from Borini, back after a really good loan spell at Sunderland he Suso thrashed the ball across the face of the goal at a reported 34mph and it hit the bar and went in. It was the only goal of the game and Liverpool progress to the quarter finals and United do not.
John Stones wins the young player of the month with his defensive partner Matthias Ginter in third place and Brendan Rodgers thinks things will get better again.
Well we are still undefeated in the Premier League and actually it is now 16 games in the Premier League that we have not lost in so I think we can really kick on this month but we need to make sure that we get better in Europe too and tighten up at the back near the end of games. If we do that will have a fantastic November!