This a new weekly column I’m writing. It’s about United and the rest of the Premier League and what happened. Mostly about United though.

 

We’ve seen worse

As opening day losses go we’ve seen much worse (hello Man City 4 Pardew’s United 0 2013). I think the majority of mags were thinking about what we did right on Saturday rather  than what we did wrong. We seem to be able to trouble the opposition goal and that’s without the added quality of the two new lads up top starting the game. Joselu scored and Matt Ritchie was more angry than that time Mark Hughes hoyed his jacket in the air on Boxing Day as a referee stopped his lads from kicking ours. Positives.

What a tart

 

We’ve seen better

The defending on both Spurs goals was rank. I’m not sure why Rafa has Shelvey marking their 7 foot centre back. Paul Dummet mayswell have taken up a seat in row aa of the Gallowgate for the corner as he lost his marker ‘ball watching’. The second goal was worse. Matt Ritchie seemed to be tracking the run of Ali (good) and then just sacked it off as one of the best attacking midfielders in the country got into the area (bad). Maybe Matt was still angry with himself for that when he got subbed off. Despite the cross going to Yedlin he decided not to jump or try and head the ball. Poor goals to concede which I’m sure Rafa will sort as we crack on.

This game reminded me of 

Not a lot really. I think we’d played Man Utd in 2009 and played well, missed good chances but ultimately gave away two poor goals to a good team. You tend to lose those ones against good teams.

Best of the Weekend

The protest outside the owners shop was well attended and good natured. Great to see staff at the sports outlet treated with respect. Media reports 500-2000 people turned up. I’ve great respect to everyone who turned out for a better Newcastle United. It also seemed to really upset to our cousins on Wearside.

Considering it appears they had to Air BnB an away end for their game on Saturday, it must have been nice for them to be noticed again. I wish them every success on their duel assault for the third division title and the Auto Windscreen Shield.

What was going on elsewhere

Fulham lost which was great. £100m spent (fair play) but you’d think they’re Keegan’s United 1993 the way they’ve been bigged up as taking this league by storm. They finished behind Cardiff City last season.

West Ham have invested heavily in the squad and still put in the following performance:

It was great.

Arsenal fans all disappeared by the 80th minute when 2 0 down against Man City. Their new manager better get used to empty red seats if he doesn’t start winning and winning soon.

All of the top 5 won and all of the teams you’d expect to lose, lost.

Welcome back, Premier League.

Next week promises….

A trip to a truly fantastic city for mags. I’m gutted I can’t go. Other true faith writers and podcasters  will be there of course and will sample Cardiff’s delights.

United under Rafa have lost both games of both seasons he’s started and yet they’ve both ended well. A win on Saturday would be great.

I’m seeing a few people suggesting we switch to a 541 with *either* Ritchie or Manquillo at full back (presuming Wor Deandre is out). I’m not sure there is a position on any field of any sport in which these two men could share.

I’m aware that writing this means that Matt Ritchie will start at full back on Saturday.

Have a good week.

Alex Hurst

@tfalex1892