Terrible start. What were Manchester United doing? Daley Blind got dragged out of position and Antonio Valencia‘s positioning for Wolfsburg’s opener was atrocious. After starting the season so well in defence, that was schoolboy and really put Man United on the back foot from the first whistle.
Terrible end. If United started poorly, they ended just as bad. We were playing like a nervous Sunday League team who knew they had to catch a train straight after the full-time whistle to get home.
As soon as Bastian Schweinsteiger was taken off the game changed. You can see how there is a big difference to how United play when neither Schweinsteiger or Carrick are on the pitch.
Nervous, nervous, nervous. That was such an important win but United made it as difficult for themselves as possible didn’t they? We weren’t in control of the game at home and that’s not good enough.
Louis van Gaal won’t be happy with how much United were on the back foot but overall the result is what matters to him and the team so he’ll be happy in that respect.
Juan Mata‘s fine form continues. There are still plenty of fans out there who feel Mata isn’t doing enough for United but he keeps on scoring goals and getting assists. His penalty was tucked into the side netting at a time when United crucially needed a boost.
Right now, the little Spaniard is arguably United’s most important attacker, even above Anthony Martial. He’s in the best form of his United career to date.
Bring on Moscow. Now that we’ve got the three points under our belt, we need to focus on the next game – a tough away trip to CSKA Moscow. If we can win that, six points from the opening nine with Moscow and PSV to come at Old Trafford is a strong position.