Sacrificed It All, To Enrich My Life For A Second!
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Hereford, United Kingdom
Re: 2012-13 English Premier League/Cups Thread (What's the MATA, AVB? Feeling BLUE?)
I concur with the majority on here, Silva is the better player but Mata has had the better first season and a bit. The guy is on fire at the moment whereas Silva is struggling but like Kiz/Snrub pointed out, that is down to not really having a rest and playing with an ankle problem.
Watched the extended highlights (courtesy of Football First) of the United/Stoke game. We were so poor for the first 20 minutes of the match, lacked creativity and spark, which has been pretty much the norm this season, especially at Old Trafford. Some poor defending (again, which is the norm) and being dominated in midfield was embarassing to watch. However, after the abysmal 20 minute spell and Rooney equalising, we picked things up.
Our defending needs to improve drastically. We're conceding silly goals and making basic errors and hopefully this gets sorted out, especially with the trip to Stamford Bridge coming up next weekend. I'm not expecting much and actually see a Chelsea win due to their form this season. We usually play well at Stamford Bridge but I can see us struggling and I will continue to think that if our defending does't improve greatly. I'd rather take the 3 points over the league cup.
Van Persie and Rooney were great together and are forming a lethal parternship and picking up a few assists along the way. Welbeck was solid but missed some real sitters. I think Rafael was our best defender during the game and continues to show his good form. Not his best game but out of the four, I thought he had the better game but that isn't saying much. I also love the way during Football Focus, Garth was criticising the United defence and picked out Rafael as not being good enough at the back yet neglects to mention Evra and the fact Rafael has been our best defender thus far this season. Ah well, hopefully with the return of Smalling, things will calm down. I'd love to see a Ferdinand/Smalling partnership form as they always look good when playing together.
Champions League Tuesday and then Chelsea Sunday. Looking forward to it.