David May previews the Premier League clash with Aston Villa and Manchester United.
Where shall I begin? How about with the positives, I was pretty happy with the performance against Newcastle last weekend and although we didn’t get all three points we were creating chances, defending well and seemed to have a real purpose to our play.
Onto the negatives and the opposite can be said about the Crystal Palace performance, I thought we were dreadful. When I saw the team sheet I thought we were going to win quite comfortably, we had nine senior internationals in the team, it wasn’t full of kids. Ok, Pogba and Morrison came on but that was to see if they could change the game. When the Gaffer gives you a chance you have to take it, Palace wanted it more than we did and they deserved it. I just hope the lads that did play understand they might not get many more chances.
Enough about that, onto Aston Villa and they had a mad summer selling their best players, getting a new manager that no one wanted and then they had a sluggish start to the season. You can see why most of the fans have a problem with Alex McLeish but once he was given the job you might as well get behind the team. The problem he has is every time they do get a bad result a section of the support will call for his head and that helps no one. They currently sit eighth in the Premier League table which I think is about right for a club the size of Villa. His squad seems pretty small, they don’t spend money like City or Chelsea and it’s always hard to compete with teams like us, Spurs, Arsenal and Liverpool. So a good campaign would see them finish top half of the table.
Villa Park holds plenty of happy memories for United, we always tend to do well there and I hope that continues on Saturday. Maybe it’s because it’s an old fashioned type ground or the pitch is always decent but I think it’s just what we need at the moment, get the gaffer smiling again. He will pick his strongest team and I really want us to put a performance on to show that we still want to win the title and we ain’t gonna give it up without a fight!
Danger man: Darren Bent
They should call him, “Mr right place at the right time”. Some people don’t think he has that much quality but the boy scores goals. Just look at how Sunderland have gone since he left last January. He has a regular place in the England side these days, scores with his head, his feet and loves the little tap ins. I know they look easy but not many players score as regularly in the League as Darren so he must be doing something right. He has also got a few goals against United over the years so we better be on our toes at the back!!!!
Prediction : United are gonna win 2-1 against Villa – Young to score against his old club!!!