Over the last few months (since Ronaldo left), I have heard loads of United fans moaning that our midfield isn't good enough to win the Premier League. I understood their position - Scholes and Giggs too old, Nani too inconsistent, Fletcher not top quality, etc. Ironically, today's match against Arsenal - in which our midfield was not at its best-- actually changed my mind. Today we eked out a victory via a penalty and an own goal. United were not playing to the best of their abilities, and it showed.
But there are reasons to be positive. Darren Fletcher is becoming a fantastic player, popping up all over the park. Michael Carrick has gotten off to a slow start but he showed last season that he is world class. Paul Scholes bossed the game at Wigan, and he is still a wonderful passer of the ball. Anderson is a gold mine of potential. Darron Gibson has gone from the next Chris Eagles to the next Paul Scholes in just a few short months. Nani is more confident, and Valencia has the talent. Park Ji-Sung would take a bullet for the team. Ryan Giggs won the PFA player of the year last season for goodness' sake!
So if our midfield is so great you say, why have Manchester United looked so pedestrian over the last few weeks? Well, remember, even last year we didn't always play like 1970 Brazil. And it is especially hard to be at your swashbuckling best when the world's greatest footballer has left for sunny Spain.
I suppose what I am trying to say is, give the lads some time. We don't need to sign Rafael Van der Vaart, or Franck Ribery. If we have to we will win the United way--which is to say, whatever it takes. This is a new United team that Sir Alex is building, and even though our victory over the Gunners was practically highway robbery--I think we have what it takes.
Article written by Noah Gordon from TheStretfordEnd
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