Nearly But Not Quite // Manchester United F.C. – November

Fulham 1-3 Manchester United:

United recorded their most convincing win so far this season in the league by scoring three first-half goals in the space of 13 minutes to blow away a struggling Fulham side. It was the first time in the league this season that we have looked convincing and had the game won by half-time, meaning an indifferent second-half performance and the consolation goal scored by Kacaniklic was irrelevant.

Performance Rating: Grade B; a performance that especially in the first-half was reminiscent of United under Fergie, battering a struggling team and having the game won by half-time – made for a relaxed second half.

Real Sociedad 0-0 Manchester United:

An average performance and a forgettable result to match – The only thing this game will be remembered for is another of Ashley Young’s best Tom Daley impressions, to win a penalty that van Persie missed, says it all really!

Performance Rating: Grade D; despite it being an away European tie, Sociedad are one of the weakest teams in the Champions League this season and a team you would be expecting us to beat pretty comfortably.

Manchester United 1-0 Arsenal:

Super Sunday didn’t disappoint as United put in a solid performance to beat an Arsenal side that came into the match, several points clear at the top. The sort of game we had to win to stay in the title race and thankfully we did, due to van Persie making up for his midweek penalty miss by scoring a nice header from a corner.

There were to be no muted celebrations this time as RVP scored the winner against his old club.

There were to be no muted celebrations this time as RVP scored the winner against his old club.

Performance Rating: Grade A; a solid performance and the first time this season that we have beaten a team that is going to be up there, at the end of the season.

Cardiff 2-2 Manchester United:

South Wales is proving to be quite a tough place for the top teams this season, and it proved the same here as Cardiff fought back twice. Kim Bo-Kyung scored in injury time from a corner where Patrice Evra did his best impression of a plant pot. Rooney then missed a chance to win the game by trying to square the ball but his horrendous pass was seized on by the goalkeeper.

Performance Rating: Grade D; two points lost! Patrice Evra, I used to like you.

Bayer Leverkusen 0-5 Manchester United:

To beat a team like Bayer Leverkusen, by five goals away from home in Europe is a brilliant result. Qualification for the next round of the Champions League with a game to spare and by far Moyes’ best team performance as United manager to date.

Performance Rating: Grade A; Beating a team by five goals away from home in Europe, enough said!

Overall Rating: Grade B; some good results and performances from United, but we really need to kick on during December to ensure that we can at least compete for the title and secure a top four finish.

Michael Garvey

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