Manchester United have been threatening the type of scoring display that Wigan were subjected to on Saturday all season, and finally on an early afternoon at Old Trafford the clouds broke and United obliged.
While many of been relating United’s recent run to that of George Grahams Arsenal, 1-0 to the Arsenal, in truth it was only a matter of time till the attacking flair of United saw the goals breached in regularity, and although Wigan were Saturdays victims,it could have been anyone, such was United’s growing frustration. In the 3 games United have failed to win, the 0-0 opening day draw with Reading, the 1-1 draw with Portsmouth and the 1-0 defeat to neighbours Manchester City (this does not include the 2-0 loss to Coventry in the Carling Cup, but rather United’s first team games) United have been far an away the dominant team but had been unable to turn possession and chances into goals. Since then they have won 8 in a row, 6 in the League and 2 in the Champions League, and 6 of those wins have been 1-0, with only the 2-0 victory of Chelsea and Saturdays match bucking the trend.
There are many reasons why United have taken so long to warm up, from new faces, injuries, suspensions, and tiredness (Tevez missed out on a lose season break after a gruelling Copa America with Argentina) but the important thing was that while they struggled, to score rather than to get results, they have managed to stay in contention, and lay just adrift of Arsenal, and have 2 wins from 2 in the Champions League.
In the last few games things have started to come together nicely for United, Wayne Rooney got off the mark against Roma on Wednesday and followed that up with a goal on Saturday, Tevez netted his second of the season against Wigan, and Ronaldo is back amongst the goals. Add to that Andersons fine display against Wigan and it seems that United are building to go on a run that could see a return to the free scoring form of last season. With an international break of 2 weeks that will give United’s injured players time off and the likes of Scholes and Giggs some well deserved rest, Aston Villa must be waiting with more than a hint of trepidation.
United were always likely to be a goal scoring machine this season, having added Tevez, Nani, and Anderson to an already formidable attacking unit, and Hargreaves to protect the flair players, but it has taken them longer then they would have liked, and certainly longer than the public expected, to find their scoring boots. However now that the way to goal has been rediscovered, and certainly when their injury list shortens, United promise to deliver on the type of entertaining, free scoring football that used to be their bread and water, and meet the expectations of their fans and followers of the beautiful game, the way it was meant to be played.
With only a few weeks till United meet Arsenal, the standard bearers of entertaining, goal scoring football, this season, United may be running into form at just the right time to give the world a game that could be the best advert for the sport around the globe – two of the games most entertaining teams battling out a top of the table clash and promising goals. A mouth watering prospect for all.