For those who criticized the Premier League at the end of last season for “being too predictable”, this season has been everything but predictable. What could be more exciting than the current title race, where the league leader changed three times in the last month, and just when we thought it was all Chelsea, they fumble last week in a 2-1 defeat to Tottenham.
After the unintentional favor Spurs gave United last week, Tottenham looked to pass the same favor along to Chelsea by offing United at Old Trafford. But like they would soon find out, that is no easy task.
In January United score 11 goals in the premier league, 10 in February, and 10 in March. Since Wayne Rooney’s injury, United have manged to score only 2 goals in the month of April! Just goes to show how important the English international is to United. But that would all change in this crucial game.
United played my favorite, 4-5-1 with the right players playing in the right positions. Scholes, Fletcher, and Giggs in the middle, Valencia and Nani on the wings and Berbatov up top. I was surprised to see Rafael back in the line-up after his performance in the Champions League, but Sir Alex was apparently able to forgive.
Harry Rednap’s side looked dangerous, as both Defoe and Pavlyuchenko started up top. While in the middle players like Modric, Bentley and Palacios have all been key in Tottenham’s success this year.
First 6 minutes Scholes wins the ball at midfield, doing some of the dirty work, and gets the ball out to Berbatov, with plenty of space to at least create a goal scoring opportunity. Nope, the Bulgarian had no one behind him, something he should have noticed when receiving the ball, but still for some reason decides to take a look back, as he does the ball gets away from him and the Spurs defense does away with the danger. If there was any doubt that Berbatov was not fit for the Serie A, take a look at the flop after he is dispossessed. That has Italian Serie A/AC Milan written all over it. He even resembles Inzaghi.
10 Minutes later, another flop from the Bulgarian, classic Italian,
It may seem like I’m picking on Berbatov today, more than usual, but he was about as useless as you can be while still having a pulse.
In the 21st minute the Bulgarian had another one v one. What does he decide to do? Give Nani a square hospital ball. Take a guy on for Christ sake man!
30th minute again, Berbatov should have done better. Evra put in a great ball into the middle, that the Spurs defense had trouble clearing and it fell for Berbatov who tries to hit it one time and is blocked by the defender. If thats Rooney, he takes one touch to the right to open up the goal and scores!
Berbatov failed to hit the target again in the 40th minute. He needs to at least make the keeper work from that distance. Just inside the box, he had a lovely first touch but hit it too low and sent the ball sailing over the bar. Again, a Rooney, Torres, a Drogba put that away.
Nil-Nil at half, as Tottenham failed to create anything worth mentioning.
The second half was a goal fest. Starting with a Pk which Berbatov helped build. After recieving the ball he waited for arguably the best left back in the world to overlap, then slipped him the ball with a back heel, and Evra did the rest. As Giggsy would tuck away his first penalty ever in the premier league.
Tottenham would equalize as Rafael looked to nonchalant on that back post. If he stays on his post instead of taking a step up, he clears that ball off the line. United need to really tighten up their defense from corners and set pieces. They are goals given up too cheaply and it already cost them the Champions League.
10 minutes later Nani would give us a taste of what hes capable of with a brilliant and extremely difficult goal, from no angle he manages to chip Gomes to give United a one goal advantage. Also, give credit to Macheda who gave Nani a brilliant through ball.
Nani would then force another Pk, and Giggsy put away his second Pk of his Premier League career to give United a 3-1 win over Tottenham, who had been rampant, defeating both Arseanl and Chelsea.
Now all eyes will be on Chelsea v Liverpool this Sunday, as it will surely be a vital piece in determining the Premier League Champions this season!
Tags: Berbatov, Manchester United, Nani, tottenham