A great start to the weekend. Manchester City ripped apart by Arnautovic and Shaqiri. United lucky to get a point against a very good West Ham. PLUS, three points to the good guys.
Sunderland are not a good side
They’re one of the worst teams in the league and we made them look very good today. If they had good players, they’d have put 3 past us. We were open in midfield, we were sloppy at the back and we really didn’t gel. I’m down with the three points, but that was a very unfair result when you weigh up the chances. We have one more game to gel before City. We need to play like we’re in with a shout of the league.
Second Tier Attitude
I just don’t see much fight from our second stringers. We looked flat and beaten for large parts of the game. The players you’d expect to be pulling up trees to impress just didn’t click. Another pretty average game for Chambo out on the left, a bland game from Flamini and a productive one from JC… but again, he just looks lost in our side.
Mesut is a god
He was fantastic again today. Opening up Sunderland with ease again. His vision kept us dangerous. It’s amazing that he’s landed 12 assists already (Cesc in his prime for us only managed 13)… with a real lack of class ahead of him. We need to treat him with kid gloves, because without him today, we’d have been in trouble.
When he drops to the bench, he’ll deserve it. He scored an own goal, then he nodded in nicely for our second. Outside that, it was a lot of bluster. Running around knocking into opposition isn’t productive. It’s been the story of his season though. Another who made a positive contribution without really making much of an impact outside of the goal.
Theo is back
Can’t help but be really excited that we have some pace back in that front line. We’ll be needing him fresh for the Villa game and I’d imagine he’ll be integral if we’re to beat City in a few weeks time.
A lot of man love for the full back. His passion and hunger shines through. He loves going to battle and he loves to win. A really important performance again. A man who offers leadership when others shy away.
Some brilliant saves and a dominant performance again. He makes the stops you know our other two wouldn’t. Today’s game is a exactly the sort of tie we’d draw or lose because of an average keeper not making his cash.
Again, not a great game from the Frenchman, but he can’t help being average. Chambers dropping on was interesting. Is Wenger going to be tempted to play him in centre mid in the CL? I’d love to see how he did! I mean, I know that’s a flip flop statement… but Flamini really is going to land us in trouble against better sides.
We’re back up to 2nd. Behind a Leicester who just can’t stop winning. Incredible scenes over there!
So, time for us to kick on. Let’s make sure away from home in Greece this week. We need to get the victory, we need to find some style to our game and we need to settle on a team that’ll play against City in a few weeks.
December is a big month, what a great way to kick it off, even if the performance was a bit grubby.