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Time to unleash the Pog

Pogba in action against Leeds in the Third Round of the Carling Cup. Photo: Gareth Copley (Getty Images)

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Reaction to the Newcastle game…

1. That really was a terrible decision by the linesman. I am not going to rest on this as the focus point of the reaction to the game but it is impossible to not hold it as the defining moment of the match. Some have questioned the vigour of Rio Ferdinand over recent months following the rise of Jones and Smalling into the defensive frame but his overall performance and slide tackle in question on Ben Arfa was spot on – you won’t see a better sliding tackle in the box. How the referee felt that the linesman had a better view of him despite the fact that he was only 8 yards away from the game is a bit of a travesty really but, unfortunately, controversy and football are far too intertwined in the modern game. It is something that we have grown accustom too and we came off worse in this game, by far.

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A few thoughts ahead of the Newcastle game…

Ryan Giggs slams home a volley in the 3-0 victory against Newcastle last season in the opening fixture

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Reaction to the Benfica game…

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Reaction to the Swansea game…

1. 5 clean sheets in a row. United now have the most clean sheets in the Premier League after keeping Swansea out yesterday. It is a real testament to the character of the team as the transformation has come swiftly since the 6-1 drumming by City. It is clear that SAF has changed the mentality of the squad to go back to the defensive mined United that has been so successful over recent years. At the start of the season, United looked like an entirely different team to that which played against Swansea. The youthful naivety has been quashed by the re-appearance of Vidic who has calmed the defence simply with his presence. The introduction of Carrick yesterday, through lack of choice or preference, brought a fantastic protection back to the defence that the midfield of late has not been able to do. With 92 out of 96 passes, 2 tackles and 4 interceptions, he had an excellent game apart from the slip-up that would of led to the equaliser had it not been for Sinclair’s terrible mistimed shot. It was a far from vintage performance but it was a vital 3 points with City beating Newcastle.

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A few thoughts ahead of the Swansea game…

Another international break has come and gone and United return to football this weekend with an away day at newly promoted Welsh side Swansea at the Liberty Stadium. Sitting five points behind league leaders City, we can ill afford to drop points if we are not going to let them create a substantial gap at the top of the Premier League but considering how well Swansea have performed at home this season, this will be a far from straight forward match.

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Reaction to the Otelul Galati game…

1. The victory last night was reminiscent of the 2-0 victory over Norwich from the beginning of October. In both games, United were sloppy in their own half with wayward passes and were a shadow of the United that convincingly went the entire group stage in the last campaign conceding only one goal. Time and time again United were seemingly complacent in their passing, poor with their movement and unrelenting in the amount of mistakes that made. Against tougher opposition, we would have been punished. Considering this was the home game that followed the dismal second half against FC Basel, I was taken aback by the lackadaisical approach. As soon as we scored in the eighth minute, you could see that we took the lead for granted and if we are going to get anywhere in this competition this year, the whole team has to buck up its ideas.

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