At the end of the day, our main rivals for the title had dropped three points and we had bagged three so Saturday was not, in context, a bad for us at the office. But the manner in which we laboured to come away with a 2-0 win against 9 men is what worried me. I thought that Wigan on the day could have got something if one or two things had gone their way.
Our midfield has looked very porous especially during league games when we use four in the middle as opposed to five. I mean it speaks volumes that we're yet to concede in Europe where Fergie likes the 4-5-1 and yet we've let in a mammoth number domestically. That our defenders were the ones planning attacks and supporting the forwards was also damning so I reckon the manager has a lot to do in that department before we face the kind of opponents that could exploit our midfield weaknesses.
We play Rangers on Wednesday in the Champions League looking for all three points in a bid to top the group. The reality is that a point would take us through but there is the better comfort of topping that could save one chewing their nails come the draw for the knock-out round.
Rio and Vidic will be rested so Evans and Smalling have another chance to stake a claim for themselves for a first team berth.
There is a little tingy rivalry associated with this fixture so we'd rather be on the end of a win.
Congratulations to Sir Alex who will take charge of his 200th European game as manager---and that is no mean feat!
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