Granted it’s from our 3-1 defeat at Manchester City last weekend so it is slightly tainted, but it does also give us an answer to the Ben Arfa problem.
You see I thought he had a decent game against the likely Champions, which is a fillip in itself given the length of time he’s been out. It’s been a long way back for Hatem but he worked his little French cotton socks off for the team and produced some cracking bits of skill that, to me anyway, went unnoticed first time around. Take a look.
It’s that kind of stuff that changes a workmanlike side into one that can do something that little bit different. I’m always cautious to put too much pressure on the lad as I think it can be a bad thing. However there is little doubt that he can do something that little bit special which means, for me anyway, he is a must to start at Manchester United.
It looks as though he is well on the way to recovery which will only benefit NUFC. He may not be at his brilliant best in every game (which player is??) but when he is on song he’ll be a tricky customer that will worry the opposition no end. Who knows, give it a while and he might start doing this again…
Pulling that out the bag tomorrow would be a start!