Re: UEFA Champions/Europa League 2012-13 Thread
Agree about Nani tonight, he did have two or three good moments (the through ball to Hernandez towards the end was sublime) but other than that, he was atrocious. Shockingly poor. Kept losing the ball, coldn't beat his man and didn't even try to at times, was slow in his overall play and was wasting good opportunities set up for him. Evra showed once again he's a defensive liability, just too easy to beat and makes so many flaws. Complete waste tonight.
Scholes was sloppy, Valencia started off hit and miss but was much better in the second half. Van Persie was solid tonight and held the ball well but didn't do much in front of goal but still, a decent showing.
As for our defence; Rafael had a really good game, Vidic and Evans were solid and De Gea looked great tonight and made an awesome double save in the second half. I'm hoping he gets the nod for the game against Liverpool as this could do his confidence the world of good.
For me, Man of the Match is between Carrick and Kagawa who were both fantastic. Carrick worked hard, showed calmness on the ball and tried to push forward at times. He also intercepted some of the play from Galatasaray, which was nice to see. As for Kagawa, he was our most creative player, constantly charging forward and looking to pick out the right pass at the right time, creating a lot of good chances for someone, who just didn't put it away in the final third. Just magic to watch when on the ball.
Hernandez looked sharp when he came on and had 3 really good chances when he came on, which he should have put one or two away. It was nice to see Fletcher come on, I really hope he can regain his top form as he could be a real difference maker for us.
We looked nervous and we gave the ball away a lot tonight, which needs addressing. Another thing that needs addressing is the referee... one of the worst performance ever. Made a lot of bad decisions and there should have been at least 5 or 6 penalties tonight and only 1 was given. Very poor indeed.