Sancho is Great, but United need an Unbothered Metronome

Updated: Aug 12, 2020

For those mentally invested in the on again off again transfer of Jadon Sancho to Manchester United, you should already be emotionally fatigued and a bit ticked off - I am. I honestly am one more @FabrizioRomano tweet away from declaring absolute disinterest if we ever get to see those eagerly anticipated words - here we go!

As far as I am concerned, i am already sick of the tumultuous drama, and really wish Ed Woodward, Michael Zorc, and whoever the mysterious agent is that's mediating this orgy, get a room in some cheap cockroach infested hostel and hash this thing out till it's done. They should take their piss in the snow contest offline, so the rest of us can emotionally move on to other things.

Speaking of other things, our red devils willled their way into the Europa League semi-finals, a timely stutter penalty dispatched cooly by our Portuguese enigma Bruno Fernandes ensured that blushes would be saved on a day the Copenhagen goalkeeper, Karl-John Johnsson, was bit by a radioactive spider-cat, and produced a herioc 13 saves from our relentless bombardment of his goal. It's the most saves in a single UEL match since 2009.

Photo: Karl-John Johnsson finally beaten by Bruno Fernandes penalty in extra time.

Johnsson's absolute epic heroics made sure the game went goaless after 90 minutes. Greenwood did defy him with a pinpoint shot into the far left post, but VAR quenched the short-lived celebrations, as the goal was correctly wiped off for offside.

It was a match in which Copenhagen, mostly in the 2nd half, defended deep but our devils still found ways to create good chances. Mata chief amongst them, his cameo had a devastating and deciding effect on the course of the match. Mata finished with 91% pass accuracy, 2 out of 3 shots on target, but more importantly, 3 chances created - one of those really really big, as it found Copenhagen key tormentor on the day, Anthony Martial, who tortured their backline with dizzying runs and ankle twisting feints. Martial won another penalty via Mata's brilliance which he conjured in the brief 32 minutes of his time on the pitch.

Photo: Greenwood putting one past Copenhagen, was ruled offside by VAR.

Creating is happening. What Solskjær's men seem to be struggling with is executing their game plan of passing the ball from the back. It is now so obviously a prime target of opposing teams to try to disrupt this tactic, as they have been emboldened to believe, based on evidence to be fair, that United cannot do this consistently if pressure is exerted. So teams flood the midfield with 4 or 5 players who hustle, harry, and harrass once the red devil backline receives the ball.