Man Utd Weekly Blog: Swans on song as United lack spirit

As we see off yet another game week of the Barclays Premier League, here’s an article composing the thoughts on the red side of Manchester in the Manchester United weekly. In this week’s action, Manchester United faced the first defeat of the season at the hands of Swansea after leading 1-0 courtesy of Juan Mata’s goal. What are the takeaways from the match? What went wrong for Manchester United? Here is a detailed write-up.

Takeaways from Swansea’s win over Manchester United

Rooney needs help and fast

Wayne Rooney is a fantastic player, but he no longer has the pace or the instinct to lead Manchester United’s frontline. He is best off playing off the main striker, in a false no. 10 role. In this game, he missed quite a few decent opportunities, including failing to finish off several one on one chances. If the Red Devils want to pose a serious challenge to the title, they must buy a fast, lethal centre-forward who is capable of bringing other players in the game as well.There are about two days left in the transfer window and Louis van Gaal must get in a footballer who fits that profile.

Memphis Depay needs time

It must be tough to join Manchester United at a record fee, it must be even tougher to don the legendary no. 7 shirt at so young an age. Memphis is adapting, but he needs time. As of now, his habit of cutting him from the wings is becoming too predictable. The former PSV winger needs to develop his left foot and try to strike up a better understanding with his left fullback Luke Shaw.

Juan Mata is being wasted

Juan Mata is excellent down the middle, but because United have so many players in that position, he is being forced to play on the right wing. As such, he is not being able to play to his full potential.

The Spaniard prefers to cut in repeatedly, but rarely puts in crosses or brings the fullback into play.Although he got a goal in this game thanks to his natural nac to get into goal scoring positions, yet one cannot help but think what a colossal waste he is turning out to be.

Sergio Romero is not the perfect replacement for David De Gea

Romero had a poor game, was directly responsible for conceding the 2nd goal, and although before today’s game he went 5 hours in the league without letting in a goal, yet he never really looked really comfortable under the bars, defense especially with the ball at his feet. Before today’s match, Undefenselooked impeccable but they were caught napping caught a few times today and Gomis and co. took the opportunity to expose the fragility United’s back line still carries.With news of Real Madrid having made a late 30 million £ bid for De Gea filtering in, one can only hope that the Old Trafford outfit can sort this conundrum out as soon as possible.

The midfield still hasn’t settled in

Individually, Manchester United’s midfield looks the best in the league, but as a whole, they still haven’t gelled in properly. Bastian Schweinsteiger lost the ball way too many times today, Herrera looked rusty, Schneiderlin looked lively but still is some way off from his best. Overall, the middle of the park looked disjointed today and although a few fine passes were played to Rooney, yet you get the sense that the tempo is still lacking.

What’s up next for Manchester United?

Up next, there is the the international break and then United welcome Liverpool to Old Trafford in one of the biggest games of the season.The Reds are not in any good form themselves and will not be able to avail the services of Phillipe Coutinho, their Brazilian playmaker who got a red card in their shocking defeat to West Ham this weekend. The Red Devils did the double over the Anfield outfit last season, but need to be wary of Fimino’s pace and Benteke’s physical presence. One can expect a cracking game, as both sides will be looking to bounce back from a dejecting loss.

Manchester United Quote of the week

“I think we were in control for 85 minutes – that’s what I have seen. The result was 2-1 to them and that cannot happen. We gave the game away in five minutes and that cannot happen. We must learn from it.” – this quote of Louis Van Gaal sparked turmoil in the fan base.

Author’s take

Gary couldn’t sum it up any better, although we are having two thirds of possession, yet we simply do not create enough chances and the ones we do, go begging for want of a good finisher. The lack of pace in the midfield also slows down the pace of the attack, and by the time we get to the opposition box, the opposition gets back into shape.

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