United V Stoke

A good win 2-0, goals coming via penalties form Chicharito and Berbatov with the only minor gripe is we didn’t score the goals our domination and possession should have brought about. We look at 3 players following last nights games, midfielders of past, present and future who dictated results. Paul Scholes who was instrumental in our control of the game against Stoke, Paul Pogba whose 30 minute cameo showed all the class and composure beyond his years and Darren Gibson whose name finally rang around Old Trafford.

Paul Scholes

I like many united fans were delighted to see Paul Scholes back in action but slightly disillusioned and concerned that instead of dipping into the transfer market for a top class midfielder we were once again pinning our hopes on a 37 year old.

Well last night he for me really showed why Sir Alex jumped at the chance to put Scholes back into his first team plans. From start to finish Scholes controlled the game, keeping the ball moving and spraying his trademark passes out wide. His ability to keep the ball is still better than most in the premiership and in games like against Stoke it’s that ability and control that make the game and outcome very easy, it was an absolute masterclass.

I still don’t think just like last season that his legs are up to playing against some of the top sides if we go with a 4-4-2 formation (he was fine in 4-5-1 against Liverpool) but when we need to keep possession and carve open stubborn defences there are still very few better than Scholes.

Paul Pogba

On the day Ravel Morrison left the club under a cloud Paul Pogba made his Premier League debut and what a class act he looks.

Comfortable on the ball, he has a range of passing that Scholes himself would be pleased with and unlike his senior midfield partner he tackles as well. If you didnt know better looking on in that last 30 minutes you would think Pogba had been in the first team for years.

Granted this was only Stoke and yes they were poor but lets not take away from a debut that was impressive and mature beyond his years. He has a big big future at Old Trafford we just now wait and hope his contract situation is sorted and soon.

Darren Gibson

Darren Gibson spent 4 years in and around the first team during his 7 year stint as a Manchester United player. He made 31 appearances and scored 3 goals yet it took until he left for his name to be sung by the Stretford End faithful.

In truth Darren didn’t really fit at United, too similar to Micheal Carrick but not as good his only really endearing feature was a thunderbolt right foot that actually very rarely found the target.

It was probably a relief to many United fans when he was finally sold but most also wish him well because despite never really being good enough he always worked hard and gave 100% for the club and cause.

Queue his move to Everton and a game winning goal against Manchester City for the Stretford End to erupt in chants for “One Darren Gibson”. It was a great moment even if he wasnt anywhere near the ground to witness it first hand.

Once a Red always a Red

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