Analysis and Observations: Omnipotent Vidic holds unconvincing United together

Spurs 0-0 Manchester United: Observations and analysis

Vidic: n. vi·di·c, vi·da – supernatural being, who is both perfect and omnipotent in every sense.

Nemanja Vidic stood tall and played out of his skin – not literally, but close to doing so. It was, perhaps, one of his most impressive performances for the club; and that’s saying something. Since he was give the armband at the start of the campaign, he’s almost cranked it up an extra notch, if that were at all possible. However, while Manchester United could look to Vidic as the stand-out performer, they could also reflect on, and rue, their own performance.

“It’s about winning games and keeping your nerve and today, defensively, we kept our nerve.” – Sir Alex

Spurs were excellent. It was fair to say that Tottenham were the better of the two sides – they had the better share of possession, were more penetrative, and, simply put, they created more chances. Rafael van der Vaart, at times forlorn, didn’t have the greatest of games but his movement was excellent and in the few good spells he did have, he looked dangerous and so Spurs were too.

Luka Modric was magnificent to watch and while his opposite numbers Carrick and Fletcher didn’t play particularly bad, he was well in control of the midfield. He was Spurs’ best player – although United might disagree, suggesting that Mike Dean was miles better.

Rafael learns a lesson or two. While the Brazilian is enjoying his best season yet in a United shirt, he didn’t have the greatest of games here. He could have been sent off in the first half for what was a rash challenge (awarded a yellow), and made a series of clumsy challenges. However, when he was shown red for a second bookable offence – it was harsh and was ill-received. Rafael had simply bumped into Benoît Assou-Ekotto. It was a vital lesson for the inexperienced full back. Discipline is key in football.

Possession
Tottenham 59% – Man Utd 41%
Attempts on target
Tottenham 6 – Man Utd 4
Attempts off target
Tottenham 10 – Man Utd 3
Corners
Tottenham 8 – Man Utd 2

Rooney thrives, Berbatov doesn’t. I recently discussed that the reversal of roles between Dimitar Berbatov and Wayne Rooney which sees the Bulgarian playing higher up with Rooney as second striker has been somewhat successful this season for United, but the 14-goal Berbatov struggled at the Lane playing behind the striker. Lining up with a 4-4-1-1 system, Rooney was impressive in the more advanced position – forcing three saves out of Heurelho Gomes. Berbatov, on the other hand, was quiet and failed to muster a single shot in the whole game. He is allowed a few bad games, though, in what has been an excellent season so far.

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8 responses to “Analysis and Observations: Omnipotent Vidic holds unconvincing United together”

  1. isnoor says :

    Nice piece is this, i want to add that nani have no plan b when his marker is playing man marking. Poor perfomance of nani spoiled the tactical change of manutd and we drew.

  2. stanley says :

    Nani should really improve all round mostly when he is man-marked he just cut an isolated figure I saw that in spurs again and made us change tactics when he was subbed

  3. C says :

    I don’t have many complaints about Nani’s play, but I do wonder why Fergie reversed the roles of the strikers, once again.

    You say Wazza played in front of Berba, but I feel that it was the other way round, from watching the match.

    That said, it’d be understandable if I’m wrong, as Rooney clearly had the better game of the two.

    Why would Fergie suddenly change his strikers’ roles for this match, when it’s been going so well for them so far?

    • The Gaffer says :

      I took note that Rooney did play in front; maybe that changed later on but he certainly did in the first half.

      As to why Fergie would do that? He might have aimed to utilise Rooney’s pace; and keep the ball better.

      Who knows? Let me ask him next time he’s in town…

  4. luckystriker says :

    Modric and Van Der Vaart. 2 players would be handy for us, considering how lacking in creativity we are in the middle of the park.

    And yes, Vidic deserves all the praise that’s coming his way at the moment.

  5. Zee Germans says :

    We’re not playing our best football yet. In fact, its been a while since our performances are below expectations. Our creative midfielders have lost their pace and accuracy and our forwards are not consistent. We are depending too much in Nani’s performances. We need a plan B. Hope Valencia and Park come back soon. But I don’t think that’s going to be enough (hope it does!).

    I would love to see SAF to splash the cash in Modric and Bale. I just love too much this players. And they would be perfect for Man Utd formation and needs.

    Great article. “Vidic: n. vi·di·c, vi·da – supernatural being, who is both perfect and omnipotent in every sense.” I can’t think in a better definition. Cheers!

  6. Naldooney says :

    Nani didn’t have good game but we should not be so harsh on him. Bale in my opinion didn’t too much better than Nani contrary to what some commentators may say. Bale had one(1) good cross all game and that was on Van Der Vaart’s nearpost header which went wide of the mark. Alll his other crosses we’re actually way off. He made 2 runs on the outside of Rafael and nothing else. Modric had an excellent game and maybe a player we’re could sign but Bale in my opinion is overhyped by the british. Nani’s left foot is as good as Bale’s and Nani has silk unlike Bale who is all speed power and speed.

  7. Tom says :

    I still feel our midfield is a little pedestrian if we really want to open up teams away from home. Carrick and Fletcher will do a job at the moment but won’t offer a huge amount going forward. I’m not complaining as we are in a great position but I would like to see Ando deployed a little more. He is capable of the special. I see goals against Birmingham today, and Rooney to be amongst them.

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