I should probably wait a few hours before writing these, but screw it. I am so irritated right now. I hate how Man U always pop up and manage points in games where they are outplayed. I guess that is why they manage to stay in the top 4 (unlike us). It would be easy to fault the finishing, but DeGea made two fantastic saves to deny us two more points.
I guess if you had asked me if I would take a draw going into this, I likely would have said yes. However, after seeing the team Fergie fielded, I probably would have changed my mind. We have to take these points. However, it was an encouraging display. I think Suarez would get more time on the ball against most other teams in the EPL with this formation. I hope Kenny sticks with it.
That said, the ratings as I saw them after the jump. Feel free to share yours or your opinions of mine. After last game's ratings I know that you guys aren't too bashful about sharing your opinions.
Reina - 6 - Overall an uneventful day for him. Nothing he could do about that piece of shit rat looking a-hole managing somehow to get his head on that corner.
Kelly - 8 - He was quiet, but he gets an 8 because he actually managed to get Ashley Young substituted at a time Fergie needed more attacking. How is that for a successful afternoon?
Carragher - 7 - Solid as usual. The backline played well. It was a somewhat flukey goal off the corner. Other than that, they played very well.
Skrtel - 6 - Almost downgraded this for not putting the ball on net in the dying minutes. I hate that, you are 2 feet away, just put it between the pipes where it actually has a chance of going in. I hate how players feel obligated to try to smash it through the back of the net. Dammit Skrtel. I am not sure if he was responsible for marking Hernandez or not, so I'll give him the benefit of the doubt. Other than that, played very well back there.
Enrique - 8 - Jesus he was a bargain. He tracked back well and still managed to provide tons of width with Downing (although their understanding was a little off today). He is just fantastic. I don't know how he went so under the radar for the whole transfer period. Best part is that, he is all of 25.
Downing - 8 - Did well to provide width, put in a couple great crosses. Overall a very good game. It was good to see him bounce back from a mediocre game.
Lucas - 6 - A bit subdued by his recent standards. The early yellow card didn't help. He was solid though and did a good job of protecting the back line while he was in.
Adam - 7 - I thought this was one of his better games in a red jersey. He wasn't amazing, but he did pretty well to play the holding role when Lucas was subbed. He also earned the free kick with a great run. However, I wish he would have stayed on his feet. I think he was pretty much clean in if he doesn't go down.
Kuyt - 6 - Oh boy I thought for sure he had scored. He was kinda quiet until then. Tracked back well. He and Kelly completely shut down Ashley Young. I didn't like how much he was creeping into the center of the pitch. We really had little width down the right. It was almost Maxi-esque.
Gerrard - 8 - Fantastic. Great to see him back and it looks like he is coming back in great form. I thought he did well to run the show in the center, although I would have liked to have seen more link up play with Suarez. Good goal, although it might have been slightly fortunate that Giggs decided to get scared and move.
Suarez - 7 - Worked very hard, but was very isolated. Made a couple of great moves. Should have passed a couple of times, but I like that he is a hungry striker. Good display overall. Kept United's back line on it's heels.
Henderson - 6 - A decent display. He actually managed to get himself involved in the game for once which is encouraging. Forced a great save from DeGea, should have scored though. I am torn. I think it is worthy of a 7, but he should have put that free header away so 6 it is. No half points here.
Overall a promising display that I hope they can keep up in the weeks to come. This is their Achilles though, not putting away games that are there for the taking. I don't know how you solve it though. If they play like this week after week though, most of those chances will go in. Time to drink this one point into three...until I sober up.