Monday, August 29, 2011
Alex Ferguson has done it again. He has reinvented a new Manchester United team every bit as dangerous and driven as the ones in previous years. United must be the Barcelona of the Premier League in the way they keep churning out fantastic youngsters season after season.
Danny Wellbeck, Tom Cleverley, Fabio and Rafael Da Silva are the latest products of the youth system conveyor belt, and augmented by smart money signings of David De Gea, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones, Ferguson have sure-handedly laid the foundation for another decade of dominance.
The way the "kids" and the "seniors" played together in a "team" to totally humiliate Arsene's Arsenal left me speechless. It may not be the Arsenal we knew, but it was Arsenal all the same. In retrospect, the 8-2 scoreline seemed like the right scoreline.
The Red Devils are meshing youth and experience extremely cleverly. New acquisition Phil Jones looks like he has played in the United defence for years. Who would have thought that Chris Smalling could be such an effective and exciting dribbling marauding attacking right back! Ashley Young adds more pace and directness to an attack that probably only Liverpool could potentially match.
The only blot is question marks surrounding David De Gea, although he showed the excellent shot stopping abilities which prompted Ferguson to sign him. More importantly, De Gea seem to have the full support of his team mates to be a success in Old Trafford. A couple more clean sheets should help with the 20 year old Spaniard's nerves and give him the confidence to command his goalkeeping area better.
Even Fabio Capello is getting carried away, drafting the United trio of Cleverley, Smalling and Jones into his England senior squad to face Bulgaria and Wales. It would have been a quartet if Danny Wellbeck didn't get injured.
The Gunners have got work to do judging from this result. Arsenal fans now have a taste of what Liverpool fans had to endure last season. Similarly, a few good signings by Wenger and the football will pick up.
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