Week in Review: Manchester United beat Roma, thrash Wigan, lose the midfielders, get the Brazilians and so on

After a long, long gap I am back on Soccerlens to do a small round-up of all things Manchester United. I hope I’ll be able to do this on a weekly basis. Let’s see how far I can go.

So here goes…

It’s been a very good week for Manchester United fans. In fact, if you see the results, it has been good for United for quite a while now. But this week one crucial win was eked out, and another side was thumped comprehensively. Let’s mention the two games very briefly before ending this with a few bits of news that we covered over the week.

Manchester United v Roma

This was the big game for a lot of people. The game was made special thanks to the glorious quarter-final earlier this year where United spanked Roma 7-1. However, the game in itself, while being fairly open, was expectedly more cagey than the last meeting between the two sides.

Anyway United beat Roma 1-0 while not playing particularly well. Nonetheless, the performance was generally more assured and we expected a great one to come pretty soon. You can read our match report here.

Manchester United v Wigan Athletic

This was a game everyone expected to win, and win easily. This was the game where many expected the much promised and much awaited thumping that the side was capable of. It had to happen; Wigan had the worst record against the ‘big four’, and Man Utd in particular.

We had a nervy first half — in our defence, we appeared rattled by the double injury blow and struggled to find our rhythm. But the second half was a performance that must send shock waves across town. Four goals past a team — which, of course, was dire — in one half after being depleted with injuries in defence. Anderson had a brilliant game. So did the youngsters like Pique and Simpson who stepped in. Our detailed match report here.

Hargreaves’ Injury Situation

We had a good lengthy discussion about Owen Hargreaves and his injury situation. We presented facts about his past injuries and posed questions as to whether we should be reading anything into them. This was well-debated in the comment thread, which makes for absorbing reading.

Brazilian Twins at OT and more

We made an observation while watching the extended highlights clip of the Wigan match (posted in the match report here). We found the Brazilian full-backs Fabio and Rafael present in the stands. They are expected to join the club in January. Meanwhile, Gary Neville is expected to make his return by playing against Liverpool reserves. We rubbished rumours of Anderson moving to Porto on loan. And other than that there was a mention of Keano, quotes from Ronaldo and stuff like that.

So that’s about it, really, from the Man United front for the week. Keep reading Red Rants for more updates.

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