Analysis: Manchester United vs. West Bromwich Albion


It has become a seemingly constant theme of the season, and Manchester United were guilty of giving up yet another two-goal lead against West Bromwich Albion at home.

Wayne Rooney was dropped for this match, the reason given being an ankle injury, or loss of form, but by now it seems as though the problems are definitely something else. Hernández was given the starting spot alongside Berbatov, and there were changes in midfield as well, with call-backs for Anderson, Carrick and Giggs. The usual backline played as well.

You can excuse me for sparing the details in what was an indifferent performance from the team. The game began with much expectation and with actually a good teem from the home side. Indeed, the absence of West Brom’s best player of the season so far in Odemwingie, it should have been a fairly straightforward night. Hernández took his start in full-wing with his strike after just five minutes. A parried Nani freekick bobbled in the area, and the Mexican forward made no mistake in turning the ball into a relatively empty net. Berbatov came close with a superb curling effort from outside the box, which just missed the post. Twenty minutes later, however, Nani got a goal of his own after a good one-two with Berbatov, and the winger did well to finish past Scott Carson.

The only downside of the first half was the injury inflicted on Ryan Giggs, and Darron Gibson was brought on as his replacement. Still, it seemed unfathomable to United fans that a two goal lead would be let go of at home to the Baggies, and so as the teams went into half-time, all everyone could think about was the number of goals to be scored in the second half by United.

As the teams kicked-off once again, there certainly seemed to be more belief from the visitors and were rewarded after only five minutes when a Chris Brunt freekick took a deflection off Evra and into the net. And then five minutes after that the unthinkable happened; the normally so reliable van der Sar spilled a harmless cross from the left and young Tchoyi was on hand to knock the ball into the open net. A two goal lead given up again, and every United fan around the world let out a collective groan of despair.

With just twenty minutes to go, Sir Alex brought on Rooney and Scholes, but that was not enough to change the course of the game that ended at 2-2. Is this worrying? Too early to say really, as it is still just the middle of October, and the league has never been won this early. But what is worrying is the loss of the killer-instinct, the inability to kill teams off. But again, it’s too early for anything.

Best Moment: Hernández goal

Worst Moment: West Brom equaliser

Man of the Match: Javier Hernández

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Written by Sownak27


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