Re: 2012-13 English Premier League/Cups Thread - Where attempted murder happens
A great performance from United for 60 minutes but we were very nervous at times in midfield and at the back. Although, we did defend resiliently and Vidic/Ferdinand were rock solid at the back. We should have scored a few goals first half but unfortunately, we weren't that clinical in front of goal despite creating a lot of golden opportunities. Van Persie was quiet but was emphatic in the first goal and he did hold the ball well. Welbeck worked very hard and gave us a lot of energy going forward. His only downfall was his finishing but other than that, a great match.
Even though I have no complaints with Welbeck getting Man of the Match, I feel Rafael deserved it slightly more. The guy was in complete beast mode throughout. He made one mistake in reacting slowly when De Gea made the save but Cleverley was initially at fault for Liverpool getting a goal back. Other than that, Rafael had another brilliant defensive performance, he won aerial balls, read the game well and intercepted the Liverpool attack, stuck to Sterling and Suarez for the entire time and made some well-timed tackles. That and his attacking play was great. Definitely our best player along with Van Persie this season.
Evra was good going forward but very careless at the back. As mentioned above, Vidic and Rio were absolute rocks at the back and didn't allow Suarez to create anything for himself. Carrick was sublime once again, Cleverley had another good game despite his little brainfart for the Liverpool goal, Young was hit and miss; gave the ball away by dwelling on the ball a lot but did work hard getting back and making some great through balls in the attack. Valencia did alright when he came on, he didn't really do much in attack but helped defend and kept the ball well, beating 3 Liverpool players at one point and winning a free kick in the Liverpool half.
Kagawa I thought was good, much better first half but after a sloppy 10 minutes in the second half, he looked comfortable and really linked well with the midfield.
Overall, besides the last 30 minutes where we pulled our foot off the gas and didn't add much pressure, we played well. A lot of good performances, a good 3 points and some great defending.
Redknapp can fuck off also. He called De Gea an average goalkeeper just because the way he saved the Gerrard shot. Poor De Gea, the guy is what? 21 years old and still gets criticised to death. Still, it's Redknapp so I am used to his stupidity.