I only got to see the first half (typical of me to miss the half with all the goals) but from what I saw, it was our attacking play that was to blame. In the first half, we had just 4 shots at goal. Cardiff were pressing every time we got near their area, so it wasn't easy, but there were so many misplaced and over-hit passes (Yaya in particular). Against a team like this, I think it's important to get an early goal so that they're forced to chase the game and you can pick them off. Having said that, we did get a lead and failed to defend it. The problem all last season was teams sticking 10 men behind the ball and us struggling to break them down. I would've thought we'd have spent all summer working on that, but we looked completely ineffective. All the pace in the world isn't going to help you against a team camped in their own area. Hopefully we can sort it before our next home game. The defending goes without saying, but we're talking about a team missing its two main defenders, so that can be expected.
It's obviously not the end of the world, but it's revealing that when utd played like shit in the first game, they still came away with a 4-1 win. Hopefully not every team we meet away from home will be as determined to win as Cardiff in their first top flight game in decades.
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