There were no solo goals from Adnan Januzaj against Swansea City tonight - instead we got a solo game instead as the youngster received the most obvious man of the match award since Roy Keane received his yellow card of destiny.
You'll note the difference there - then it was away at Juventus, now it's at home against Swansea. And while it wasn't quite a performance of that magnitude, it was certainly a concerto performance from United, with Januzaj the soloist. And before I get a further case of the Postingers, let's get to the game itself.
Well, United were pretty flat. Certainly in the first half. The first real chance came as a result of an ill-awarded free-kick from which Januzaj bent one onto the bar, before Danny Welbeck was picked out by Rafael and missed a real sitter.
After the half, United fortunately looked like a different team. Certain people opined that Shinji Kagawa - who did very little, save for two things, more on which later - moving to the centre was the catalyst. This is absolutely true - but because that also meant moving Januzaj over to the left, where the Belgo-Serbo-Albano-Kosovar-Glint-in-Roy-Hodgon's-eye midfielder began to tear the Swansea defence apart.
Some brilliant work from the youngster allowed him to pick out Kagawa with a cross, who headed it back across goal. Gerhard Tremmel got a hand to it, but Antonio Valencia was at hand to knock the rebound home and put United into the lead.
United didn't take too much longer to strike again, with Danny Welbeck getting the goal this time, making up for his earlier miss after yet more phenomenal work from Januzaj had allowed Patrice Evra to get a shot on goal. The full-backs effort was going wide but Welbeck was on hand to flick it home.
Following a remarkable run from Januzaj down the left, a corner then resulted in Kagawa managing to send in a decent cross for once, finding an unmarked Chris Smalling three yards out at the back post, but the defender somehow contrived to volley over the bar when it was probably easier to score. Rafael - probably the second most effective attacker in the game - then teed up the former Dortmund man for an easy finish, but after dawdling on the ball, Leon Britton was able to get back to clear Kagawa's eventual tame shot off the line.
That proved to be more or less the last significant action of the game, give or take a few slaloming Januzaj runs. It's safe to say we have something very special on our hands here, even if it is rather embarrassing how much better he seems to be than the vast majority of our team. Let's hope we can get some players worthy of him pretty soon.
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