After United’s remarkable come back against Chelsea on Sunday afternoon the champions found themselves only 2 points behind their “noisy neighbours” and filled with renewed confidence of finishing ahead of Mancini’s men.
But in being 3-0 down Sir Alex’s men revealed many of the flaws in the side that will ultimately cost them the chance of a historic 20th league title.
In keeping with the number of goals shipped by United’s shaky defence at Stamford Bridge I’ve complied the 3 main reasons the premiership trophy won’t be spending another season in the Old Trafford trophy cabinet.
The Goalkeeping problem: Ever since the moment David De Gea has arrived on these shores the young gangly Spaniard has been under from United supporters. His inability to concentrate for 90 minutes has already resulted in precious premier league points being dropped this season.
While when its come to the rough and tumble of an English penalty area De Gea’s refusal to come and calmly claim the ball has left him looking like a nervous school child reluctant to leave his Mother at the school gates. While the alternative option, of Anders Lindegaard, was labelled as “not good enough” by legendary United ‘keeper Peter Schmeichel before the ink was even dry on his contract, and little has been seen to argue with the great Dane’s view.
Defensive injuries: It’s a cliche but a reality never the less that championship winning teams are built on a settled defense and that certainly hasn’t been the case for United thus far this season. The long-term injury to Vidic has rocked United’s back line and without the calming influence of a steady pair of hands behind them United’s defense look panicked.
Rio Ferdinand’s recurring injuries have left him struggling to regain full match fitness and against Chelsea even the mis-firing Torres caused the Englishmen difficulties. The recent injury to the versitile Phil Jones has further exaggerated this growing problem, and with the transfer window now closed their doesn’t seem an obvious remedy.
Wesley Sneijder: Despite United’s summer long courtship of Inter Milan’s prized assest the move never materialised. This has left a midfield which lacks creativity in comparison to the majestic David Silva and Samir Nasri found residing at East-lands.
It appears Sir Alex himself is aware of this short coming, demonstrated by the return of Paul Scholes but like Giggs he is unlikely to feature in every game.
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