Manchester United fans will have woken up this morning wondering what went wrong. Having completely dominated a Fulham side who did not so much ‘park the bus’ as build a wall in front of their goal, the reigning champions somehow still somehow failed to win.
Their campaign has been a clumsy one to say the least, dropping points and failing to keep hold of leads on a regular basis. But there are reasons to be cheerful following Sunday’s 2-2 draw.
Okay, maybe not cheerful, but certainly optimistic for the future:
1) Rooney’s celebration
Did you see Wayne Rooney after Michael Carrick’s deflected shot flew past Martin Stekelenburg to put United 2-1 up? Did that really look like a man who had no intention of staying at Old Trafford for the long haul?
The way he fell to the ground, clenched his fists and roared at the Stretford End; that is what captains do, and he could soon be adopting that very role.
2) Januzaj’s impact
Much has been written about whether or not Adnan Januzaj should have started against Fulham. The common consensus? Yes! But there is no doubt that the mercurial Belgian pushed his teammates up a notch following his arrival from the bench.
A teenager with spellbinding talent and a future to get very excited about, United fans are in the midst of watching the best young player to appear at Old Trafford since a certain Cristiano Ronaldo.
3) The holes have been highlighted
Again and again this season United’s weak midfield has proved to be their downfall. Against Fulham, that was not really a problem given their tactics, but when the visitors broke away in the final moments, United’s fragility was again on show.
David Moyes knows the areas in desperate need of repair. You can be certain of that. And with every dropped point you can be sure he is more intent than ever to sort them out this summer.
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