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There has been alot of negativity about the Derby match, only scoring 1 when we expected to score 6. But there are positives to take from the match. Ben Foster in goal made some critical saves, particularly the save from the Miller shot was a world class save. The main positive for me was to see Ronaldo being played as our main striker. I have been saying for a long time that of the forwards we currently have at the club, he is the one best suited to playing as the main striker. He is tall and strong in the air so he offers a target in the box for the wide players to cross to, Rooney or Tevez offer no aerial threat. Ronaldo is also the best finisher we have at the club. Another positive was that Saha came off the bench and looked in decent shape, he made a difference.
 

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RussianArmy said:
There has been alot of negativity about the Derby match, only scoring 1 when we expected to score 6. But there are positives to take from the match. Ben Foster in goal made some critical saves, particularly the save from the Miller shot was a world class save. The main positive for me was to see Ronaldo being played as our main striker. I have been saying for a long time that of the forwards we currently have at the club, he is the one best suited to playing as the main striker. He is tall and strong in the air so he offers a target in the box for the wide players to cross to, Rooney or Tevez offer no aerial threat. Ronaldo is also the best finisher we have at the club. Another positive was that Saha came off the bench and looked in decent shape, he made a difference.
ha ha try and tell arsene wenger that;)

throughout the game on the shoutbox i was telling people that when we play not so good but scrape the win, thats what sets us apart-aka champions' hallmark:)

Im sure that it was Alan Hansen that said (and rightly said) that out of the title chasers, if all are going through a rough patch united will pick up more points.

Saying that though....
I didn't think we performed badly against Derby. The chances we created were incredible. It should have been 4-0 by half time. SAF is right what in what he said after the game....at the moment we are charitable in front of goal.we MUST be more efficient with chances/goals ratio in our next two games which are very important against Bolton and Liverpool.

With Rio rested the defence was always going to be a little more fragile than usual as the partnership with Vidic was broken...BUT Ben Foster showed why he is in contention for the number 1 shirt, not just for united, but for england.

We just need shome shooting practice at the moment thats all.;) There is NO need for panic in my opinion

Obviously this has to change but when it comes down to the crunch (squeaky bum time) i think we have the advantage.
 

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apart from the obvious (3 points). Foster did well in goal and is one for the future. With Carson's performance yesterday, Foster could be in the England squad again.
 

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RussianArmy said:
There has been alot of negativity about the Derby match, only scoring 1 when we expected to score 6. But there are positives to take from the match. Ben Foster in goal made some critical saves, particularly the save from the Miller shot was a world class save. The main positive for me was to see Ronaldo being played as our main striker. I have been saying for a long time that of the forwards we currently have at the club, he is the one best suited to playing as the main striker. He is tall and strong in the air so he offers a target in the box for the wide players to cross to, Rooney or Tevez offer no aerial threat. Ronaldo is also the best finisher we have at the club. Another positive was that Saha came off the bench and looked in decent shape, he made a difference.
Excellent post mate and welcome to the forum. not a lot I can add to your post other than to say that this match was always going to be one that we were damned if we did or damned if we... .I t was good to see Saha actually fit and sharp as I feared another lay off after being mia against Pompey. Also with ronaldo there scoring 31 goals who needs another striker as the so called experts would have us believe. Roll on Wednesday when hopefully Chelsea will also slip up against Spurs.:D
 

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There are couple of positives to take from the game definatly.

Ronaldo did miss a few chances yes, but he kept picking himself up and eventually got the winner.

We created a lot of chances and even though we only took one of them, surely with an in form Ronaldo and the likes of Tevez back in there, we are bound to score more in the games coming up.

It was good to see Giggsy shake off his knock and be back out there

Obviously Foster coming in and doing well is a huge plus.

But probably the biggest positive to come out of it all was that we got the three points to put us top of the table with only 9 games to go. Surely if someone had offered us a victory by only a goal, but Arsenal to slip up we would have taken that over a 6-0 thrashing of Derby and Arsenal to see off Middlesborough yesterday?
 

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As most have mentioned, the 3 points, top of the League and Fosters
performance. Ronaldo played well also and is over his mini drought.
There will be games like this every season and its no big deal. If we
win when playing badly thats good enough for me, because when we
are on our game we can destroy any team.
but if we play like that every week we wont win a thing.
 

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3 points was the most important thing,ronaldo could have scored 6 if lady luck had shone on him,ben foster looked the part with 2 crucial saves.bring on bolton then the scousers,im confident:)
 
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