1) Rooney Is Slightly Better
But only just. Still not justifying his starting position though IMHO. At times he still looks like a passenger on the team and slowing down the team's attacking play. Good that he scored though maybe that might bring his confidence back. Could've have one or two more had he been more prolific.
2) Chris Smalling Is A Rock
What a fantastic player he's become. Not only defensively solid, he is confident going up field as well. With him in such form, it is no wonder we've been keeping so many clean sheets this season.
3) Anthony Martial Is The Real Deal
No goals, no assists, and yet you know this player is the real deal because he exudes so much confidence on the ball, he is fearless and he has the skills. Already there are highlight reels of him running by the byline and creating several chances. Pity that some of the other players couldn't keep up and help him score. Looking forward to even more spectacular plays from him.
4) Ander Herrera Must Start
He's such a box to box player with only his defensive shortcomings limiting his appearances this season. Hopefully he makes full use of this display to cement his starting spot, which he really deserves.
The midfield trio rotation continues with Schweini and Schneiderlin on today. And both were excellent. It is still a wonder that Schneiderlin didn't start the Arsenal game in which we lost the midfield battle within the opening 20mins. He should play more often than Carrick at this stage because of his energy.
Towards the top of the table!