Days after our game against Man Utd, fans have continued to debate on what actually led to our loss on that day, and one has to understand their concern, having seen how well we started.
We started the match on the front foot, pegged United in their half, and controlled proceedings for most of the first half. We only lost the game because of lapses in concentration at two vital points in the game. Exactly the same thing that happened in the Barcelona match.
On Sunday, the story was a similar one. The first goal came courtesy of a poor marking of Romelu Lukaku. Perhaps, our back three feared conceding a penalty, but obviously, if they had closed home down more, the goal could have been avoided.
The second goal also came in similar fashion. Jesse Lingard was left unmarked by Christensen, before he connected with Lukaku’s cross, and put United ahead.
It was a very sad day because like I rightly mentioned, we started the match impressively. If we hadn’t capitulated, and kept ourselves calm, the game was ours for the taking.
Manchester City are our next opponent. Unlike United, they’re brutal in front of goal. They play a high pressing game, and go for the kill. If our game is anything like the 2nd half against United, we may be in for some humiliation. But if we play as good as we did in the first half of that game, then, we have a good chance of getting back in the top four.
The formula to winning is simple for me — keep your head up, stay calm, and play the game. At this point, we cannot afford any more losses…if we do not want to miss out on a top 4 place.