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Vs Swansea

Published by drdre in the blog drdre's blog. Views: 730

First league game of the season and the sense of Déjà vu probably couldn't be any stronger. Home loss against a pretty poor side who we should be steam-rolling to an easy three points.

Here's seven things that went wrong.

1) Herrera and Mata didn't rotate taking turns to come and take the ball from the CB's causing us to pass the ball aimlessly among the back four and have no real quality in threaded passing to the wide players and front two.

2) Fletcher has passed the ball as badly in the last three games as he has in his career. In the first few games preseason he was knocking it about with ease but on Saturday his passing was unbelievably bad.

3) No one touch attacking moves. This was because of the first two but the result of these was that we couldn't get the ball moved in quickly to Mata, Rooney and Hernandez early and quickly. Swansea always had time to get the defence set and we played the whole game in front of them.

4) Subs made no sense. The first one was forced by Lingard going off but unless Herrera had an injury I didn't hear about taking him off before Fletcher was madness, as was putting Nani on at any point.

5) No aggression. We allowed ourselves to be bullied at Old Trafford by a shit Swansea team led by that Adams Family scouser reject. We needed more hunger and commitment from the players and the crowd but we got neither.

6) Our crossing was abismal. Floated balls into the keepers hands was never going to result in a goal and it reminded me a little of the Fulham game last season.

7) Smalling badly at fault for the second goal and neither him nor Jones are a dominant enough player to lead the team. If Evans is going to continue to be injured then the defence is rudderless without someone to take control back there.

The only two positives from the game were.

1) Blackett looked so comfortable and was in my mind the only one of the back three not to make a mistake at any point in the game. Composed on the ball and hard as nails. This one being promoted to the first team ahead of some of the other young players surprised me but Van Gaal's eye for a young player served us well.

2) Januzaj looks ready to carry the mantle of the 11 shirt. While he didn't have a great game in terms of end product his pace, power and dribbling ability all look amazing. He may have been slightly out of position for their second (I'd have to watch it again) but it was his first time playing that wing back role afaik so it would be harsh to blame him.
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