We were beaten, not trashed, by a much better side.
They’ve lost Neymar and Cavani but surely they find enough time to setup accordingly for the match at Old Trafford. It was an even game until we lost two crucial members of Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s attacking system though: Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial by the end of the first half.
Second half they dominated a bit more and played more effectively because our backup players just weren’t good enough. At the end, we got 1 player red carded, they got zero. They scored two, we scored zero.
It’s probably almost impossible to win the second tie in Paris later next month but we have nothing to lose anyway so maybe we have to just give it a go.
It wasn’t surprising to see Burnley came to Old Trafford fighting to steal points. They manage to score two and defend the lead until 85th minute before Ole Gunnar Solkjaer’s Manchester United scores two back.
Not the best result but I am sure they’ve learnt a lot as we’re heading to tough February and March with matches against big teams in Champions League, FA Cup and Premier League coming.
The build up to the game has been fantastic and the team was playing to win.
Romelu Lukaku unusually – not that I’m complaining – registered 2 assists; first for ex-gunner Alexis Sanchez who opened the scoring for the 4th round FA Cup in Emirates and second for England international Jesse Lingard.
It’s 8 wins from 8 games for the caretaker Ole Gunnar Solksjaer and it is clear that his presence, and the backroom staff, aren’t just bringing the “feel good factor” as they also bring tactical nuance too. They introduced Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial while we’re leading 2-1, a decision which was effective as the frenchman scored our third goal and effectively wins us the game against the most successful team in the cup.
It has been a while since the last time I feel nervous watching Manchester United. Widely touted as “the first real test” in Ole Gunnar Solksjaer‘s reign, the team in red was brilliant in the first half, attacking the in-form 3rd on the table Tottenham Hotspur.
Marcus Rashford scored from similar position where Harry Kane did not. It was a vital clinical strike by the 21 years old England international as it defined the winners and the losers.
Pochettino’s men were brilliant at the second half but main man David de Gea 11 saves make sure the scoreline stays one nil for the underdog visitors.
If you sadly missed the game, the official site has posted the highlight here. Enjoy!
The team passed “the first real test”. Today, Ole > Poch. Come on United!
Exciting read by Adam Crafton for the Daily Mail. Solksjaer was building a mini Manchester United in a small town in Norway. Never in the history of the club they can win the league. The result was a back to back league champion.
It wasn’t “another day at the office” as Ole Gunnar Solksjaer made 9 changes to the squad and field a team that technically hasn’t work together. No fluidity like the first 4 games under him but some individual brilliance saves the day and bring us to the next round of FA Cup.
It’s not all gloom though as there are some positives too:
We score 2 and concede 0. It means 2 clean sheet and 5 wins out of 5 under the caretaker manager.
Matteo Darmian looking like a central defender while Sergio Romero is probably the best reserve goalkeeper in the league.
Romelu Lukaku scores 3 games in a row after Christmas break. It looks like Ole’s assessment of his striking techniques actually helps.
We give another youth the first senior team game to Tahith Chong.
If you are into mobile app, the official Manchester United mobile app has posted the game highlights.
Update: video highlight posted to the official website: link.