1. This win was badly needed. The armchair critics would probably say that it has saved Ole tenure as manager of United but I would be very surprised if the Board of Manchester United are thinking of sacking their manager after less than a quarter of the season, particularly after failing to bring in any world class player in the transfer window to improve the team. I noticed a calm and resolute OGS on Saturday and even though I will never agree that in a must win match against a team in the top six, he starts with Juan Mata, it was clear that he is serene in taking decisions which could have harmed him. That is what you need from a proper manager who loves the team and puts his persona in second place. Ole takes decisions for the benefit of the team and not to cover his ass. Leaving Pogba and other on the subs bench is certainly not easy but someone has to take the difficult decisions for the benefit of the team United were happy to leave possession to Everton for most of the match but were never over-powered. To the contrary, when United players had the ball, they passed the ball quickly around the opponents penalty area and created chances. And then they struck. Like a baby-faced assassin…
2. I cannot highlight enough another monstrous all-action performance by Fred. This player is becoming irreplaceable for the United team because he does exactly what 95% of the players hate to do. He chases back, close spaces, harasses opponents, tackles, blocks and also finds time and effort to push forward in counter attacks. Incredible player. I compare him to Evra and Vidic who when they came to United, I remember everyone was saying that they were a waste of money and then they turned out to be two pillars of the team that won the Champions League in 2008. Same with Fred. He had a horrible first season but last season was excellent for him. This season he is validating the good things we said about him last season. Midfield dynamo ‘par excellence’. I love him
3. Not sure most people are noticing but our regular back four plus DDG are improving with each game that passes. We could easily have had a clean sheet today because Bernard was very lucky with his goal and against Arsenal, if Pogba had been careful, the Gunners would have never scored in that game. Chelsea and Leipzig they had clean sheets and against PSG, it was an own goal by Martial. Maguire shows that he is coming out of the Greek ordeal and he played like a real leader against Everton. He was always in the line of fire and never shied away from the battle. Two battling midfielders in front of them are really helping the cause also, while DDG has been solid in goal. Long may it continue
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