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Manchester United: Kiev for Dinner, Boro for Dessert?

Craig MorraiesContributor IOctober 26, 2007

IconWhat an away performance it was by Manchester United in the Champions League.

Granted, Kiev aren't exactly a first-class club, but United looked like they'd score every time they attacked.

Once again, however, injuries are threatening to derail Manchester's season.

Louis Saha, Paul Scholes, Patrice Evra, Owen Hargreaves, and Gary Neville are all out, with a tricky match against Middlesbrough this weekend and a showdown against Arsenal looming on the horizon.

But that doesn't have to spell doom.

On Tuesday, John O'Shea and Darren Fletcher were called as late replacements to Patrice Evra and Paul Scholes, and they did their jobs very well. That sort of depth will serve Alex Ferguson's side in the coming week.

I do have to point out that I was extremely disappointed with the first goal we conceded against Kiev—especially by the failure to mark a six-foot-tall opponent.

On the bright side, we did hang tough after Kiev's second goal. Anderson was a particular bright spot in the middle of the park; he distributed well and even got back to defend.

I've read that Anderson's favourite position is left wing back. His defensive abilities will be a huge asset to Manchester United in the years to come.

Wayne Rooney's goal-scoring spree also continued—the latest in a long history of streaks for a streaky striker. Carlos Tevez's presence has helped Rooney this season, as it's forced him to be more disciplined—and thus allowed him to score more tap-ins.

Remember, Ruud Van Nistelrooy scored all but one of his goals inside the box. That's what Manchester United will need to see from Rooney. As it stands, the progress is there for all to see.

United haven't had the best luck against Boro over the years, but I can't foresee anything other than a win here.

Then again, this is football...and who ever said it's supposed to go by the book?

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