Much better on Wednesday from the lads. There seems to be some sort of consensus that the result was better than the performance but for me United dominated bar a 15 minute spell reading had before half time. The team got better as the match went on and United played some lovely one touch stuff in the last quarter of the game. Matt Seltz hasn’t really made a save (again, which is worrying) and United could have had more.
Rafa’s got this, you know.
Team selection is bold. Clarke had a shaky debut but also looked experienced and if he cuts out the mistakes, could be a
better shout than Lascelles. Having a left footer at left center back is progress. Having a left back at left back will be further progress when the manager gets his wish of a proper left back, but I also wouldn’t back against Dummet getting the nod over both Lascelles and Clarke. Poor Grant Hanley eh. Can’t even get on the bench.
Isaac Hayden looked very good as did Gayle – who in time will look too good for this division. Shelvey (loved by some loathed by others) looked class and Ritchie as usual looked the business. 15 goals for him this season at least if he stays fit. Goufrann was 100 times better than Anita as a left winger. He grafts and could be a player at this level.
As the games come thick and fast, as do these match previews. I know little about our opponents this weekend apart from the fact they won their first two games before going down at Norwich in midweek. Lee Johnston kept them up last season and they scored goals as a result.
It’ll be interesting to see how they go at United as Huddersfield and Fulham showed that the best way to play against us is to let us have plenty of the ball and hit us on the break. An expectant Ashton Gate may not let that play out.
It’s almost impossible to predict Rafa’s team selections these days, so I won’t. Perez and Seltz worry me massively at the moment but so did Gayle and Hayden this time yesterday so things are getting better.
It’s essential United started winning away from home and stop the rot (that has lasted 3 years). I’d take a draw and look forward to a massive game against Brighton a week on Saturday at SJP.
ALEX HURST – You can follow Alex on @tfalex1892
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