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I agree about the positive points you made, but not the 5th gear bit. We didn't look like we had a 4th or 5th gear tonight. But I think at a time like this, we should be happy with a 1-0 win at home against such opposition. Clean sheets like today can only do the players good. Rafael is improving very fast defensively.
I was impressed by Obertan`s willingness to stay on his feet and battle for the ball and I wish Nani would do the same. He still has a tendency to go down too easily and can still be wasteful with the ball, especially on corners. However, he scored a great goal and he linked well with Evra. Smalling was calm on the ball and his willingness to bring teh ball out of defence was impressive. Rafael broke well and defended solidly - even coming to Vidic rescue on one occasion when utd`s captain slipped. I also thouth Carrick was probably the weakest of the 3 central midfielders, especially in the 1st half when his passing was a bit wayward however he got his act together and got better as the game went on.