An international break gives us all time to clear our heads and get ready for throwing ourselves back into the fray. Unfortunately, with players away it is very much a case of counting them out an d then counting them back in.
Luckily Demba Ba’s match was cancelled while another positive was Cabaye coming through a dour 0-0 against Belgium, plus of course hopefully we can count on Tiote not going away as a positive if it has given him a chance to shake off his knee injury.
Conflicting reports are circulating about Cheick Tiote’s potential availability and it always does your head in when you end up going match to match with reports that the player is likely to be fit for the next match, then next match…then isn’t, then isn’t.
I have to say that playing any match without Tiote AND Cabaye is a bit unnerving after the Everton second half, United overrun in the middle once Cabaye went off injured. With it being Manchester City next up that is doubly true.
I think a few people have to calm down at times; Guthrie has had a few decent matches but reality is that he has been here well over three years and still has it all to do. He has a decent touch but not being naturally athletic he will always be up against it in the Premier League.
Centre midfield has been integral to our season so far, let’s hope we don’t end up with a soft centre in this ‘tricky’ trio of matches coming up.