You may have noticed a post-match interview with a difference on MUTV after Saturday’s 4-0 win at Bolton. Edwin van der Sar agreed to speak to me but insisted on introducing Tony Strudwick, United’s fitness coach.
Edwin was keen that the often unsung members of United’s backroom staff shared the credit for another big win in the title race. I think it was a valuable insight into the spirit within the United camp that perhaps sets United apart from most other clubs.
You can watch the video now on MUTV Online.
The Dutchman produced a couple of top-class saves in the first half to ensure United went in at half time with a crucial lead. He could have basked in the spotlight but instead wanted to emphasise that success is a team effort. No doubt Tony has been given a bit of stick for his surprise TV appearance but it was a really nice touch by Edwin.
I was under the impression that Owen Coyle had changed Bolton’s style after replacing Gary Megson. Not a bit of it. This was aerial bombardment of the old school variety. Thank goodness for Nemanja Vidc. It was his sort of game. He headed countless balls clear and was truly heroic alongside the excellent Jonny Evans.
Be honest. Did you think the boss had taken a massive gamble by resting Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney? I did. You’d have thought by now that we all would trust his judgement. The strength of United’s squad came to the fore, though. It was a true team performance.
Berbatov shouldered the goalscoring burden in the absence of Rooney, Nani showed that his final ball is improving all the time and, as ever, Darren Fletcher covered every blade of grass.
The highlight for me came at half time. Me and Paddy Crerand headed for the press room when we passed some Bolton fans. One said, “Wow, that’s Paddy Crerand”. His mate said, “Never heard of him.” That’s madness. How can anyone not of heard of the great Mr Crerand? I have to say, I think he was a bit put out by that!