Some little observations from the game against West Ham

  1. Greenwood’s movement was brilliant. You could see how he was doing little body feints, short bursts of pace in and around their defensive lines to unsettle their defensive shape. I take that this is him learning from the elite movement of Cavani and Ronaldo.
  2. Matic coming on even for a few minutes showed how important he is against teams that play compact. We need a player of his mould that can thread balls through defensive lines, there wasn’t a lot of that with Fred and McSauce today.
  3. This is yet another game where we can notice a clear defensive instability, especially on counters. Maguire and AWB have not reached the form they towards the end of last season. Hopefully that happens sooner rather than later, we need to stop conceding and dominate games for the full 90 minutes both offensively (which I think we have shown) and defensively to be really considered for honours this season.
  4. AWB had another game where he was quite sharp offensively. His offensive game has come a long way.
  5. We had 12 corners and created one real chance from them. We need to be doing better from set pieces in general.
  6. Ronaldo should’ve had his first hat trick (not counting the penalties)
  7. The scuffle between Soucek and AWB should’ve been a penalty (change my mind?)
  8. We were unlucky not to get the penalty decisions our way
  9. Lingard is a real asset to this team and I’m very glad we have kept him.

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