the other culprit that i believe because of which utd failed to move the ball or you could say that utd offense slows down is mata . this man spends too much time on the ball . he struggles in one on one situation cant play with his back to the ball . he starts wide and then cuts inside but him spending time on the ball and him cutting inside does allows the opposition to organise or close utd down . i think it would be better to put valencia on that flank .he will complement darmian very well and protect each other when one of them goes forward .
to be honest compared to brugge utd didnt close brugge that quickly or that fast which they should and i am certainly apprehend to van gal's thinking of janujaz . but i feel janujaz should not be singeled out i think mata too is equal parter in the crime and if you see then brugge had more joy down on the left wing rather than on the right wing . the other thing is that mata atleast shouldnt spend time on the ball in his own half . if you had seen then utd got into trouble just because mata lost the ball in his own half . we all know about rooney's struggles and his inability to keep the ball with player on his back . the main thing why he is not able to keep that is because he doesnt keeps the ball in the middle of the body and shield it properly but keeps it on one side which allows the oppsition to nick it from him .
now at time i think player get in one dimensional zone when they tend to pass the ball to player just because he asked for it or say that they had been told to pass the ball to them . i think van gal needs to coach the players more and make them aware to make better decisions on the ball and make certain as to whether the pass is on or not . there are time when there is a give and go situation but needs to think beyond that move as to whether the player has space and time . whether it has further continuation and then should decide on the pass . those who play football will understand this .
to be honest from yesterday's match just as depay was hero on the offensive front i think smalling was hero on the defensive front who just won every other duel he was involved and showed as to how improved he his and why he should be the first man on the sheet .
all and all a very vital win but not a very satisfying performance .