Five Things We Learnt From The Manchester Derby

1. Aaron Wan-Bissaka is a wall Raheem Sterling has been one of the most prolific attackers in….

8 December 2019

1. Aaron Wan-Bissaka is a wall

Raheem Sterling has been one of the most prolific attackers in the world recently, and Aaron Wan-Bissaka had him in his pocket all night long. When they gave up and moved Sterling to the middle, Wan-Bissaka was on the top of his game and kept everyone out of theirs. 7 clearances, 7 blocks and 5 successful tackles earned him a deserved man of the match.

2. Scott McTominay is key

A large portion of our fan base, including myself, had reserved opinions about the Scotsman. But this season Scott has come into his own and thrived under the responsibility of being one of the leading men in midfield and across the pitch. His importance to the team was evident in the few games where McTominay was out and United had a dip in their form. Stellar performances against Spurs and City have only elevated him even further in the eyes of the manager and fans alike.

3. Rashford is man on a mission

Marcus Rashford has been at the receiving end of a lot of criticism for quite a while now but at the moment he is on red-hot form. Time and time again Marcus steps up especially in these big games and shows us what he’s got. Apart from winning and converting the penalty, hitting the crossbar, there was a near miss and Rashford could’ve easily had a hatrick today and that shows how deadly Rashford is looking in front of the goal this season. I hope this is the season where Marcus comes into his own and shows the world what he’s got.

4. We might have found the real Fred

Fred has been an enigma ever since he joined the club from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2018. Although his performances have improved greatly in the recent weeks, tonight he was up against a certain Kevin De Bruyne and did not disappoint. Fred was everywhere and picked up any loose balls along with completing 4 take-ons in the game. He is not only proving essential off the ball, but is slowly but surely maturing into the role of being a median between the defense and attack.

5. Ole is always up for the big games

So far this season, Manchester United are unbeaten against the teams ahead of us in the table. Drawing against Liverpool in a game which we deserved to win and beating Chelsea, Tottenham and Leicester continues Ole’s excellent record against top teams since he took charge. Though there are obvious questions to be raised about our performances against the smaller sides, it is clear that Ole has the tactical ability to put out a team to compete and beat top quality opposition.

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