we've played since the Chelsea game.
For the first time in about 2 months the entier team looked fresh and up for it. I'm not going to quibble about the penalty because it was close, and we should have scored from open play anyway.
The movement and link up play between Macheda and Welbeck was brilliant at times (if not the finnishing). Everton played well and they we're always going to make it hard for such a young team, but I think Ferguson got it right by playing Ferdinand and Vidic in the center, it gave the twins (who were excellent) a solid base to attack from, and the usual defencive frailties we've seen from Rafael have disapeared.
I'm disapointed with the result of course, we all are, but we know that anyone of the young players he put out today (Foster, the twins, Gibson, Welbeck and Macheda) could slot into the "first team" and we'd hardly notice. I actually liked Macheda leading the line better than Berbatov at the moment.
As for Berbatov... well it was a poor penalty and he's going to have to take a long hard look at himself, I'm not going to join the "he's finnished, he's another Veron" but he hasn't been up to scratch (along with several others) and he needs to buck up his ideas in the run in.
I hope Fabio's injury isn't anything, because last time he was out for months. I look forward to seeing Rooney play off Macheda in future as he's just the kind of player who could get the best out of him.
I think any argument of "disrespect" have gone out of the window, we played better football today than against Porto and I doubt a team with Ronaldo (in his current form) Giggs or Neville would have put up a better showing. With Rooney injured, Carrick, Evra and Scholes looking shot, I think giving the youngsters (who have the talent just not the experience, and you know how players get experience) a go was a great idea, and on another day would have paid off.