By Imran Kardar
Manchester United needs to put in a transfer in the January window and should go all out and spend heavily. What or who are the buying you ask? Simple, luck! I just cannot believe how United did not manage to come out with a win against Chelsea on Monday night, I really don’t.
It was probably United’s best attacking match of the season played at a very high tempo. Within the first five minutes Mata had Courtois beat with a thunderous drive from long range only for the post to deny United an opening goal. Few minutes later, Martial went past Ivanovic as I he wasn’t even there at right back and beat Courtois with a right footed shot which again hit the post and bounced out. Unbelievable that something like that happens in the first 15 odd minutes of a game. Up the other end DDG pulled of a world class save of a Terry header. United kept the foot on the accelerator in the first half however didn’t manage to score.
The second half you could see that the players were tiring out as the tempo dropped and Chelsea came back in to the game. They had a brilliant chance on the counter when Matic shot wildly over the bar when he was virtually one on one with DDG. But then United could easily have scored a couple even with the slower paced play. The ref didn’t give an absolutely blatant penalty for a deliberate handball by Willian in the area. It was an astonishing decision. A while later Oscar seemed to have fouled Mata in the box which could possibly have been another penalty. Courtois also pulled off a world class save from a close range Herrera shot. It was just not going to go in for Manchester United.
LVG ringed the changes but still couldn’t find a way through. Borthwick-Jackson came on for Darmian at left back and put in a precise cross for Rooney which he fired high and wide from about 10 yards. United’s finishing deserting them once again!
On the whole it was a far better performance from the players. They were up for the game and forced their luck but they didn’t seem to be getting any. Chelsea will be delighted with a point and not losing yet another game.
All of this now begs the question, does Manchester United sack LVG even though they stopped the losing streak and could have easily won the game? I would think that the performance was a turning of the corner at the club and that if the team keeps playing like this they will eventually get lucky and start winning. However, if they don’t win matches that are coming up and keep falling in the table then we could see LVG being shown the door. I personally would give him till the end of the season but for that the club will need to dip in to the transfer market in January and address some key areas of the squad.