One is surely used to see Manchester United coming back from behind and edging out a game. Some say that its in their 'DNA'. Every United fan is accustomed to it. But maybe, this season, the same pattern is being followed more regularly than everyone expected. A bit more than a Red Devil expects. Probably a bit too much comebacks for someone to enjoy. Yes, I am pointing my fingers towards United's sluggish defending this season.
Last season turned out to be so near yet so far for Manchester United in the Premier League when they lost the title to their biggest rivals Manchester City on goal difference in the dying seconds of the final day. A lack of goals proved to be their failure last season, but the same cannot be said during this campaign as the ever developing duo of Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney stocking up with a flurry of goals.
While RVP, who has been the signing of the season so far, has already notched up 12 goals and five assists and has been the standout performer for United so far, Wayne Rooney is tops the Premier League's list for the most assists. And this is only likely to improve due to goal poachers like the Super Sub Chicharito and Danny Welbeck.
What seems to be a problem solved at one end of the pitch has given rise to yet another serious distress. For a fact, it is often said that 'goals win you matches but defending wins you the championship'. That cannot be anything but true.
However productive the goals might be this season, what really opens up the team is their defending. Not often we've seen Manchester United be so vulnerabale in defence all these years than the present. And by the looks of it, this so called negative 'trend' of theirs, if they are to be continued, is likely to cause them some serious trouble in the latter phase of the season.
And one can only hope that this is solved sooner rather than later by the arriving Nemanja Vidic. The guy who has been a solid defensive wall for United for quite a while now could just prove to be the difference. With Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra far from their best whilst nearing their end and a bit too much of inexperience and nerves for the upcoming youngsters.
The captain could be the one to tighten things up in the middle of the defence and hopefully inspire others to make an example of him. With no complaints in the attacking department whatsoever, the renewal of United's defence in the upcoming months could just spell 'Glory Glory for Man United'!
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