Darren Fletcher came to the rescue once again for Manchester United as he scored an unconvincing goal in the first half against Portsmouth. The Scotsman scored last weekend against Newcastle to earn his side a draw and this time his goal has given United their first win of the season.
Fletcher’s effort may have deflected off both Distin and Campbell on its way to goal, but it was enough for United to earn all three points. United dominated possession for much of the match and were deserved winners at the final whistle. Sir Alex Ferguson will be relieved by the three points, especially with the trip to Liverpool and Chelsea looming.
Some of United’s possession play was excellent, but once again the Red Devils showed they are lacking someone to put the ball in the net. Tevez and Rooney were both fantastic and caused Portsmouth’s back four plenty of problems, but neither were able to beat goalkeeper David James.
An agreement with Tottenham for Dimitar Berbatov looks more and more likely as every day passes and United fans will be relieved to have someone fully capable of scoring the goals when called upon. After all, Berbatov has averaged about a goal every two games since making the move to England.
Sir Alex Ferguson will most likely be pleased with his team’s effort today as they defeated Harry Redknapp’s side for the second time in a month. Anderson showed no fatigue from the Olympics and provided an absolutely bustling performance in the center of midfield.
Some excellent individual displays and good team work will have Ferguson feeling more than confident ahead of their trip to Anfield after the international break. And the United boss will be in an even more positive mood if a deal for Berbatov is completed before the end of the transfer market.
Manchester United will be in action later this week for the UEFA Super Cup when they take on Zenit St. Petersburg in Monaco.