Relieved Manchester United pass Wolfsburg test

By Vasil Atanasov

Manchester United will be largely relieved that they were able to get three points from the game last night. Wolfsburg made the perfect start courtesy of some schoolboy defending from Antonio Valencia. No wonder Van Gaal had to take him off at half time. The team does have some defensive injuries, but Van Gaal’s decision to play the Ecuadorian as a full-back has always seemed laughable to me, so it serves him right for persisting with it. It was a very open game from start to finish and with Rooney’s current from of missing sitter after sitter, United were very lucky to get back into the game via a penalty that came from nowhere. Not to mention that their winning goal was a series of scuffed shots, aimless passes and a lucky shin-pad finish from Smalling. Wolfsburg had some decent chances to pull level, but it wasn’t to be for them on the night. United have a massive game at Arsenal at the weekend and there will be big decisions from Van Gaal on the defensive selection and the fact that more and more fans are beginning to get aggravated by Rooney’s abysmal form in front of goal. If the manager had other strikers except a 19-year-old French kid and a back-firing veteran, maybe he could contemplate a change, alas United will have to make do with what they have.


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