First things first; David De Gea will not do himself any favours if he continuously lets in cheap goals. I know he's young and all but there are better ways to concede goals than he's doing. Sir Alex said he lost concentration for the goal which is a shame because at United, the goalkeeper is rarely asked to produce a top class save given the defence infront of him but the thing is you have to always be alert for that moment when you have to make that save.
To be fair to the lad, I personally think that he should have been eased into the league by starting Lindegaard ahead of him. Regular readers of this blog are aware of the praise I had for Anders when on tour in America. I think he has got loads of confidence and that is about as good as you hope to find in your keeper. We've got Arsenal and Spurs next so it will be interesting to see who Sir Alex starts in goal especially given the aerial prowess of the likes of Crouch.
We lost captain Nemanja and Rio to injury yesterday but we should have cover for them. It would be nice though to have Rio fit for a whole season. I mean looking at his injury record for the past few seasons, only Hargreaves probably has a worse record. The abilities and determination of the young Jones and Smalling could see him lose his place in the fold.
It wasn't all gloom yesterday as United started the season with the swagger of champions! That was good stuff to see. Rooney rightfully claimed our first goal of the season----a season in which he will be looked at as among the experienced players at the club at the age of 25. Ashley Young paid off part of his transfer fee by creating both goals and linking well with Rooney. Its a breath of fresh air that we can now afford creativity on both wings compared to last year when Nani wasn't as effective on left. We were almost predictable last season for our reliance on the right. Young will be a welcome distraction for Nani and Valencia. And when you win the Man of the Match award on your league debut, you know you did something right.
Given the failure of our rivals to pick up maximum points, it has to be said that this win as crucial if only for the fact that it gives us a two point advantage over our rivals.
We've got tough ones next and despite just 90 minutes of the season gone, we already have an injury crisis. The next few weeks could throw up heart-stoppers!