Manchester United conclusions
1. What a strike from Valencia! When I see a goal like that I wonder how much the player actually meant what happened – oftentimes I feel like they’re probably hit and hope – but I think that went exactly as he intended it to, which makes it all the more ridiculous.
2. It was a great start, but then the next hour or so was pretty painful. My prevailing thought was “I’m glad we’ve already scored” because we weren’t nearly clinical enough and could have been punished on a couple of occasions. For all his (deserved) recent plaudits, Fellaini just doesn’t offer anything like the same overall quality that Pogba does. He definitely has a role in this team and I have no issue with him starting games in Pogba’s absence, but I think we are really going to miss Pogba’s energy, drive and creativity in midfield for the next (up to) 12 weeks; I worry about starting games against Liverpool, Spurs, Chelsea, Arsenal and City with that same midfield three.
3. Overall, I thought the scoreline rather flattered us – that wasn’t really […]