Quantity of Points – Not Quality of Performances that Matter For United
Manchester United may have dominated the most part of the game against Stoke City, but the Potters made it hard for United on a night which saw the Red Devils move three points clear at the top of the table after a 2 – 1 win at Old Trafford.
Javier Hernandez opened the scoring with a wonderful finish in the 26th minute thanks to a low cross from the returning Nani to the near post and back-heeled (or something clever) by the “Little Pea”. A little man with big talents, and certainly a future of celebrating in front of the Old Trafford faithful is guaranteed for this exciting Mexican. This particular celebration however, lasted only until early in the second half, when Stoke equalised through Dean Whitehead. A cross from Tuncay saw the Stoke midfielder jump above the United defenders and nod home a ball which seemed to bounce in slow motion past Tomaz Kuszczak who stumbled across his goal line to no avail.
This had happened before. It will also happen again this season. Something else that will happen again is United coming back from the blow, and after a brief spell of the “Oh. Its happened again” atmosphere running through the stadium, Nani came up with a spectacular 20 yard shot with his left foot which glided beautifully into the top corner of the Stoke net. Despite just returning from a hip injury, the Portuguese isn’t showing any signs that his good form is about to stop.
Stoke didn’t offer too much in the attacking third after that, which United fans will be very thankful for, after seeing their side concede far too many late goals which cost them games. It may not have been the best performance – but the three points have been won – and a very valuable three points at that, with the 2nd and 3rd place teams, Manchester City and Arsenal playing tomorrow.
That fact still remains too – Manchester United are unbeaten this season in the League, proving that you don’t have to play well to win games – although I suspect United fans would rather the team did play well while winning games. Well, you can’t have everything.
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