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What We Learned: Manchester United 2-0 Sunderland – Barclays Premier League

Well, hardly interesting but a win is win at the end of the day. Here’s what we learned this afternoon.

Pass, pass, PASS

Oh so many passes. So many. We’ve turned into a horrible cross between Barcelona (boring in success) and Arsenal (boring in abject disappointment). We camped on their 18-yard line for the entire of the first half and mustered a meager amount of shots. If this is the way we’re going then things need to change soon because its unbearable to watch, I was almost in tears. As a (hopefully) short-term style then I can (and will have to) accept it, and everyone must learn to also.

Not so much losing faith as getting frustrated

I’m not losing faith in Louis van Gaal and openly ridicule anyone that thinks the Dutchman isn’t a world-class manager but I am growing more and more frustrated with what’s happening. How exciting were we once to watch? And now I can’t help but dread having to spend my time watching us, knowing I will be treated to 60/70 minutes of drab crap. The reason I only find it frustrating is because there is an end to the means in my opinion. We are a team bouncing back from a hefty decline and have a manager adapting to a new league and a team that is not just ‘a team’. Its time to stay strong and know that things will come together.

The prodigy and the £60 million man

Angel Di Maria started life in Manchester as a world beater, he was the embodiment of the exciting new era we were about to undertake. Adnan Januzaj started this season as the exciting heir to the number 11, a Moyes survivor that sparkled the campaign previous. Now, Di Maria is still a figure-head but of a different kind. His lack of form portraying that of his team mates, his decision-making was abysmal today, he put one fantastic ball over and then faded into obscurity. Deservingly he was replaced at half time, and Adnan Januzaj had a wonderful effect on the game. His early season form was patchy, but recently he is showing us exactly why he was so revered under David Moyes. He was the creative spark today when he came on, and was a big threat. For me, he has to start mid-week.

Conclusion

There’s a lot of moaning been done, but at the end of the day we won and FINALLY capitalised on a rival dropping points. Everton beat Arsenal tomorrow and once again results elsewhere shining nicely on us. The picture is not as grey as people would like you to believe, and yes the football is absolutely horrible to watch, but its winning games. Two defeats in 21 now ain’t too shabby really, and midweek we can hopefully make it two in 22 and take a big step to Champions League football. It isn’t pretty, but it is effective to a point. Patience is a virtue and one that we all need to embrace in the closing months. Fingers crossed.

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