THE GOAL MINE AND THE GRANITE.

After more than two decades, Tottenham Hotspur finally broke their jinx, and held on for a victory at Old trafford. This was far from a surprise in my perspective, as I’ve always thought Spurs have been the stronger side for the last three years. Nevertheless, there was lots of positives to draw from the game.

Our first half display was a clear representation of the kind of side we are, without Wayne Rooney and Nemanja Vidic.. These are a big personalities, and just their presence on the pitch is inspiration to teammates. They lift the dressing room. Their inclusion in any United lineup, sends shivers down the spines of opposition players. Nani, who has been a nuisance in recent games, showed great improvement, and he was rewarded with a goal to his name too. There has been multiple inches written about RVP’s vitality, but Wazza’s display clearly showed why he is such an invaluable asset to Manchester United. And who said the two can’t play together? United look world class with both Rooney and RVP, switching positions, probing, falling deep, crossing and passing. I feel we can take on any side! We have to wait a few weeks before our fantastic captain can start playing again, who knows, this could be another season made in Heaven!

WHY SHOULD UNITED STRUGGLE WITH INJURY?

This is what happened. Last season, Manchester United went through the surrogate war of England the most wounded, both achievement-wise and in the literal sense of the word. This is clearly evidenced in the alarming fact that more than eleven first team players,were out injured at one point last season.The fact United lost over one thousand minutes of playing time compared to City’s couple hundred minutes due to injury,(reported by Manutd.com),only serves to highlight one of the multiple ramifications that followed such a lengthy injury list!

The main cause of this undesirable trend lies in what is expected and demanded of the playing staff at Manchester United. Sir Alex Ferguson calls for immense hard work and dedication, qualities that were displayed during the club’s most recent victory, in the battle at St Mary’s stadium. This was his one thousandth game at the helm! Players give more than their all at Carrington and Old Trafford,but this has bore both negative and positive results. Individuals push beyond their natural abilities, which inevitably precipitates into multiple injuries.

It is growing less and less of a coincidence, that gifted warriors in Ole Gunnar Solkjaer, Louis Saha, and Owen Hargreaves, had their careers  ravaged and halted  by injury, while FIGHTING FOR THE RED SHIRT!

The heights Manchester United has reached over the last decade are well documented, and many will assert that it is this wild desire to bleed for the club, that has catapulted it to the top of the game, but this unwavering devotion has sure got its demands.

The manager should invest in players who can naturally withstand the physical demands of this war, as opposed to solely focusing on a player’s natural hunger.Emphasis should be laid on an individual’s grit. Hunger and desire to win can always be instilled, as long as that player’s demands are met. Players like Phil Jones(currently out for two months with a cartilage tear, barely a week after recovering from a back problem), Darren Fletcher,Anderson, and the Da’silvas(Rio can be forgiven for his age), possess immense technical ability, a steel will, and an unrivaled fire to win. But their bodies are spaghetti! The gaffer should recruit battlers in the mold of club captain Nemanja Vidic,  the stuff of a steel soul and an iron body in equal measure! I’m not advocating for Tony Pulis’s “SIGNING GIANTS POLICY,” at Stoke City,but must we have an injury list with half the casualties nursing training ground knocks?

Players like Robert Lewandowski, Leighton Baines and M.mvilla, possess structures that can stand the hard hits of the English Premier League,given their relatively healthy history. Manchester United can BREAK city’s dominance with a bit more muscle.