We probably all expected United to turn on the style against a pretty poor Villa side and rack up a big 4-0 or even better result, but it’s not always the way when you have come off the back of 2 big games against major rivals, and then have the interruption of an international break.
The manager and his staff don’t have the same amount of preparation time, players come back tired, some with jet lag. Realistically all that mattered was to get the 3 points, which we duly did. In truth, that pretty much goes for the rest of the season – we have 7 games to go, and whilst I was getting very frustrated with the boring style of play for much of this season, if we can take the next 21 points, I don’t give a toss how we get them. I have now seen enough to convince me that my doubts on LVG look to have been wrong. I hate being wrong, but in this particular case I’m delighted.
I can see something really good happening for next season, and providing he buys the right players, hangs on to De Gea, and gets rid of the remaining dead wood, I am extremely confident he will be bring silverware back to the club next season, and I am not talking about the FA or League Cup!
I can’t write this without mentioning Rooney’s magnificent goal, and also how well Herrera played – I believe he will be a key player for us these next 3-4 years. De Gea made an uncharacteristic mistake, but he’s allowed one a season, especially when we are leading 2-0 at home.
In 6 days, we play City at Old Trafford, and for the first time in a while I actually feel confident of beating them.