As the saying goes, there is more than one way to skin a cat. Manchester City and Arsenal have been wowing the crowds by scoring lots of goals this season, with Manchester United sitting just behind them in the pecking order after, erm, not scoring lots of goals.
But what the Red Devils are achieving right now is lots of clean sheets. David de Gea is once again showing he’s the best goalkeeper on the planet, Chris Smalling is defending like a Trojan and the back four are being afforded plenty of cover by Michael Carrick, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin.
Since losing 3-0 at the Emirates Stadium, Manchester United have conceded just one goal and that was a daft penalty conceded away to CSKA Moscow when Anthony Martial was the culprit.
Louis van Gaal’s tactical approach has been roundly criticised this season, although the bottom line is that clean sheets means you are not losing games and giving yourself the platform to win matches as that recent Champions League victory illustrated.
Wayne Rooney has also got some of the critics off his back after scoring against CSKA at Old Trafford, not that the Red Devils captain will have been too bothered about everyone putting the knife in. The 30-year-old has had to live with ridiculous expectation levels all his career and has naturally had to adapt his game as the years advance.
It’s not Rooney’s fault that the attacking department is short of quality and experience, with Martial still a raw talent and Memphis Depay only showing glimpses of his ability in snatches at the moment.
Manchester United are warm favourites to beat West Brom on Saturday and a Red Devils win to nil surely looks the ticket at 10/11 with Paddy Power.