Manchester United survived some scares from West Brom to eventually win the game on a 2-1 scoreline away from home, and it was a win which was achieved in great pain, as both central defenders, Ferdinand and Vidic limped off the field in the second half, added to that a howler by De Gea to concede the equalizer in the first half itself, but thankfully, Young managed to create some magic down his left wing and his cross was deflected for an own goal by Reid to give United the 3 points.
It was a lively start however by the Red Devils, as the young players Welbeck, Cleverley, Anderson, Fabio along with Rooney, Nani and Young combined to put the pressure on West Brom, and it took only 13 minutes to eventually see the opener, as Young fed Rooney just outside the box, a quick control and a left-footed shot by the latter to seal a goal past the desperate Foster. However, shortly afterwards, United went down into hell, as Vidic seemed to injured himself, yet his efforts of trying to play on had a deep impact on the game, as he could no longer track back and challenge the opponents, and with De Gea looking hesitant to come out to collect aerial balls, it was imminent that at one point United would crumble. And indeed on the 37th minute, as the defense struggled, Long shimmied his way in the box and unleashed a low shot, which should have been a routine save for De Gea, but inexplicably, the ball went beneath him and into the net. United looked stunned and West Brom took full opportunity to put the pressure on, knowing that the Spaniard was not at ease with long shots, and also lacked communication with his defenders.
The second half was like the first one ended, with West Brom pushing for a goal, while United were trying hard to keep them a bay, and in the process, saw first Vidic leave the field, followed shortly afterwards by Ferdinand, both on injuries, leaving the back 4 with an average age nearing the 21’s, with Evans and Jones sent on, while Fabio and Smalling had started. United continued to look shaky, but eventually saved themselves on the 81st minute, as Young went provoking ball to feet in the West Brom box, and his cut back pass somehow deflected off two West Brom players, the last one being Reid, and into Foster’s left hand corner of the net, bringing about a relief for the Red Devils. United still had to see off the remaining minutes before exulting on the final whistle. However, it does seem that United will have to work more on De Gea and also try make Vidic and Ferdinand fit in time for the next game against Tottenham.
De Gea failed to impress yet again, hesitant on aerial balls, no proper judgement on the goal he foolishly conceded, and a lack of communication with his team-mates. He may be having difficulties with the language, and also we all know adaptation takes some time, but at least for a keeper he should be able to judge shots and crosses properly, and also provide more assistance in the case of aerial balls, yes defenders are there to clear, but they cannot use their hands, while he can do so, and help relieve the pressure when required. So Mr. Steele, get him pumped with crosses and long balls, and make him develop those abilities if he really wants that No.1 shirt, else I believe Lindegaard deserves his chance to shine as well and may be he would be more suited for the next games, Spurs and Arsenal coming soon.