Everybody is saying the first half was poor, I can't really comments as I barely saw it with these stupid streams but the second was... not bad. It wasn't great by any means, just an all-round alright performance. The result is extremely disappointing though, especially with the opportunity to catch up to the other teams. I can understand if we're losing with poor performances, but we're playing good and can't score.
Mourinho can blame refs, weather, schedule and what not, but at the end of the day his selection for this one was not right. This is the type of game that you put Fellaini in, put Martial on and basically everybody that is able to physically break a defense.
Anyway, not much more to say about that, moving on to Leicester
Pathetic, didn't see very much of the first half but doubt I missed much.
The second half we created some good chances and once again let down by poor finishing, four times we've played Hull so we knew how it was going to go yet once again we couldn't break that garbage side down, no excuses its not good enough.
Mourinho has to look at his selection, Micky has struggled with no space and a packed back line all season, he then brings on Mata to an even more congested area. Martial is perfect for this type of game, running at players, producing a moment of magic and Fellaini on the bench for every other game but this one against a side he's caused problems against and scored.
As for our chances at top four well we are four points off now, that is certainly doable but we've squandered the chance to close the gap everytime it's been presented to us this season just like we squandered getting into the top four last season. We've also not picked up enough points from the teams around us so I struggle to see us finishing top four without a huge turn around.
Anyway onto the next game and I'm hoping Mourinho has a bit of a shake up.
The problem is that Ibrahimovic was underperforming and that we don't have a plan B in situations like this as apparently both Rashford and Martial prefer to play left, Rooney plays deeper so when you need someone to step up and fill for Ibrahimovic we don't have any options on the bench
Martial does, Rashford is a striker and needs games up front in Ibra's position. A normal manager, with balls, would job share the position. When the senior partner is misfiring he gets hooked and Rashford gets dropped in (and learns the trade).
If he'd have done that from the start when Rashford was hot to trot we would have had a win, win situation. Now Rashford has gone off the boil being constantly played out of position and now we've got what we've got.