Not so much as a game of two halves but Spurs will point to the fact that they were better off in the first half than in the second.
Given the line-up for this one, I wasn't about to be bothered with the performance if it meant that we get the result. As it turned out, our young team----the second youngest ever to take to the pitch under Sir Alex--put in a good shift and but for the brilliance of Brad Friedel, could have bagged an avalanche of goals. Not that I'm complaining, 3-0 will do.
Danny Welbeck, Javier Hernandez, David De Gea, Paul Pogba, Tom Cleverly, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, et al make you wonder just what could be in store for United when this team reaches their peak. Whilst that contemplation is for the future, there are some issues in the present that these brilliant kids are affecting.
Case in point; Dimitar Berbatov.
I had reconciled my mind to the possibility of Berba leaving this summer, not because I want him out but because his talents deserve a regular place in a team. He was our top scorer in our record breaking campaign and yet finds himself at best fourth choice among 7 strikers now at Fergie's disposal. You really wonder what is pacing through his mind these days. The player himself doesn't want to leave which makes it all the more painful because he fits into a rare breed of footballers these days that are not in it for the money.
It remains to be seen how Fergie uses him this season but Welbeck's man of the match performance yesterday and Chicharito's return from injury makes the competition that much stiffer. Ultimately though, its the kind of headache that Sir Alex would want.
Anderson has done a fine job of adding goals to his game. His level of accuracy has certainly improved and now what's left is consistency in finding the back of the net. If he keeps it up, then the manager would be right in keeping the cash for who know who. The bigger concern is whether Tom and Ando will have the balls to stand up and be counted against tough European opponents. If the manager goes ahead and buys you know who, then it will almost solely be down to this concern.
I had pencilled in 7 points for August, given the difficult start and the usual delay to click into gear but we seem well on our way for the total 9. Arsenal provide the challenge this weekend. Hopefully we can add more misery to them before we start feeling sorry for them.