Ventured to Old Trafford over the weekend to see United take on Crystal Palace, my first time seeing David Moyes United in the flesh.
Having had a look around the stalls and club shop (I only ever really have a look, I rarely buy anything other than the programme), it was clear what the biggest seller of the day was ……. Marouane Fellaini Afro Wigs.
With only 4 points out of 9 going into the international break, United now needed to get some winning momentum ahead of the October break. With this game against a newly promoted side (who had lost their last 6 league visits to Old Trafford) and City and Chelsea having potential points droppers, this game was vital for United.
The game, began as expected, with United having most of the possession, having pressure and set pieces, but not many chances, bar a Robin Van Persie snapshot against the bar.
A few minutes before half-time, with the score at 0-0, it looked set up for a Fellaini off the bench 1-0 win.
That changed, however, when United got a soft penalty on the stroke of half-time. Having already been booked for diving, there a couple of minor fouls on Ashley Young not given. David Moyes has already indicated (in his post match press conference) that he’ll be sorting it out, which is good to see.
The penalty resulted in a red card for Palace’s Dikgacoi, who took an age to leave the pitch. When he did, Robin Van Persie tucked away the penalty for 1-0.
From there, there was only one winner. Palace didn’t shut up shop though, and had some attacks, but not a meaningful attempt on goal.
Despite that, United still needed a second goal just to be sure.
Marouane Fellaini came on for an ineffective Anderson, and displayed some neat touches, nothing spectacular.
He personified United’s performance, doing what was needed and expected, and nothing more.
With ten minutes to go, the second goal came, from a Rooney free-kick. After the success of Fellaini wigs, it is unknown if the stall holders around Old Trafford will be selling Rooney headbands, dubbed “Fozzies” by David Moyes, as a tribute to 1980s headbander Steve Foster.
After that, the game was dead, but United still managed to waste some opportunities to score.
One of the biggest plus points was the performance of Adnan Januzaj off the bench, who looks like an exciting talent.
It wasn’t the best performance, but it didn’t need to be. With Chelsea and City dropping points, United now find themselves only two points off the top (albeit with Liverpool having a game in hand) ahead of a busy month.