The only thing more frustrating than Manchester United’s performance against Benfica last night was the bloody commentating.
United were lucky to have drawn level? They were dominated by Benfica now, were they? Gimme a break.
The two commentators just wouldn’t let it go. Yes United were below the lofty standards they’ve set for themselves this season, but they deserved their point just as much as Benfica.
United were sluggish, careless in possession and lacking in ideas – but Benfica struggled to impose themselves on the game too. United still had over 60% of possession throughout almost the entire game, and they carved out as many presentable opportunities as Benfica.
The draw was a fair result. United were poor – understandable considering Alex Ferguson was giving several players their first competitive starts of the season AND they were playing away from home in the Champions League – but they weren’t THAT poor. Those commentators were just being such drama queens.
On a more positive note…
Ryan Giggs‘ brilliant goal against Benfica has made him the only player to have scored in 16 seasons of Champions League football.
Driving in from the right wing after a neat exchange, he fired an unstoppable shot in from outside the area.
A goal worthy of winning most games, but for the commentators, it wasn’t even good enough for a draw (sorry, I still can’t let that go…).
Back to the negative…
Guess which United player was at fault for Benfica’s opener? You guessed it – Jonny Evans.
It was a decent turn and finish from Oscar Cordozo after receiving a lobbed pass from midfield, but c’mon, Jonny – you’re a defender at one of the biggest clubs in the world. You really shouldn’t be getting skinned that easily. It looked like he didn’t have a chance in hell in that situation, and that shouldn’t be the case.
And Cordozo isn’t some sneaky, lightning quick forward. He’s a lumbering 6 ft 4 in target man that weighs 14 stone.
In fact, if you watch the replays, Evans shouldn’t have allowed Cordozo to bring the ball down so easily in the first place. He should have been on to him quicker, heading the ball away or clattering him to the ground. That’s all he’s good for anyway, right?
Sorry Jonny, you just don’t have what it takes. You’re a liability to the team, your chronic lack of pace won’t be getting any better, and it’s time for you to go.
Michael Carrick. What an awful player he’s become. Barely there in defense, completely without contribution in attack and utterly redundant in midfield.
He wasn’t interested in making an impact on the game at all. He was just there to play it safe, to move the ball sideways or backwards whenever possession came his way; and I mean it when I say possession CAME HIS WAY, because he couldn’t be bothered trying to win it or asking for it.
If there’s one thing I can’t stand in a United player, it’s a lack of ambition and endeavour. Time to sell him to Sunderland, if they’ll have him. At least Wes Brown and John O’Shea gave their all for the shirt.