I think everyone will still be recovering from the disastrous loss against Leicester City last weekend, yet there is still hope.
Our brilliant attack is on a complete different level to our defence this season, especially since the signing of Di Maria and Falcao, however I do not believe that our defence is as bad as everyone says that it is. Our defenders have an appalling injury record, in fact in total Chris Smalling, Jonny Evans and Phil Jones have had 13 injuries combined – in 2014 alone. They haven’t had the time to gel and create any chemistry at the back and ultimately it effects performance. So once we, if we can, get a run of consistent defenders at the back, then I believe that our defensive performances will increase significantly.
Tyler Blackett has so far been Manchester United’s best defender this season, and arguably had a very, very good game during the first half against Leicester City however our mental collapse in the second half saw him finish his game early due to a red card. It’s a shame for him, and it’s even more of a shame for the team who now will be missing yet another defender for the game against West Ham United on the weekend.
I watched many Manchester United Youth and Reserve games over the past few years and I would have said that Tom Thorpe was by far and away our best centre back within the reserves, yet he has yet to have been given a chance by Louis van Gaal this season whereas Tyler Blackett, Marnick Vermijl and Michael Keane all have been given chances. I would personally like to see Tom Thorpe start, or at least get on the bench, against West Ham at the weekend because I believe that he can be good enough, and shouldn’t be considered a last resort but as an option within the squad.
It’s not all doom and gloom however, because our attack in outstanding and arguably the best in the country. I would like to see Robin van Persie rested at the weekend because I don’t think that his form recently has been decent, and Rooney will start due to his status as captain. I’d like to see Mata behind Rooney and Falcao this weekend and we should be able to score more goals than West Ham, and regain some more confidence within the team again.
Let’s be Manchester United. Attack, attack, attack.