Reds require consistency
Following on from United's mid-season short break in sunny Dubai, and boosted by Wayne Rooney signing a new deal that will keep him at Old Trafford till 2019, the Reds carried on with the good work with a deserved 2-0 victory at lowly Crystal Palace (known as "the Eagles").
Two goals, the first a penalty expertly smashed home by Van Persie and a superb goal just inside the box by Rooney ensured the three points that lifted United to sixth place in the table with that important fourth spot still very much a possibility. But consistency is required for this to become a reality.
I was lucky enough to be present at Selhurst Park for the Palace game (thanks to those who made this possible) where the return of the much maligned Marouane Fellaini in midfield was greeted with a mixture of relief at having our midfield strengthened, and scepticism as there are many who are convinced he is too slow moving and does not quite fit in. But after having been missing from the side from quite some time, he put in a decent display and I still contend that he will play an important role for United, given the necessary opportunities.
Manager Moyes knows him well from his Everton days and believes in him, so hopefully he will eventually be a success. Much more impressive was the very quick and talented Juan Mata, who gave his best performance to date and reminded me of Paul Scholes at his best. So, a very important three points before United take off for Greece early next week for their Champions League tie against Olympiakos, where qualification is more than a possibility.
For those supporters who have never watched United play away, this is an experience I strongly recommend; the singing and support are loud, entertaining and continuous, the game is watched standing up, and the whole experience is simply electrifying. The away supporters are simply the best!