It's a strange feeling, I admit. To lose 3-0, and still have your best player be your goalkeeper, is a strange feeling indeed. But there is little doubt. Bogdan had a great match, making several fine saves and commanding his box with a great deal of authority. He's comes a long way from his start against Everton, which saw him looking shaky on crosses and getting beaten from 85 yards out by his opposite keeper.
This result brings to an end something of a mini-renaissance for the mighty Wanderers. A home draw, an away win, and an away draw against a lower league club may not seem like much, but in this season it's all we have had to cling to. Fact is, in our last six matches we have 2 wins, 2 draws, and 2 losses. That is not awe-inspiring form, but it is certainly an improvement. Bogdan has played a part in that. And going forward...
Our back-up keeper is still quite young. Obviously, when Jussi Jaaskelainen returns to fitness he will regain the shirt, but Jussi is out of contract in the summer, and there is a good chance that Bogdan will be starting next year, and Jussi will be plying his trade somewhere else.
Long story short, young Adam Bogdan was our man of the match yesterday, and will be very important to our success going forward, not just this season but in years to come. To be fair, despite the final result, other players did put in good performances against Manchester United.
David Ngog had his moments, and did a pretty fair job holding the ball up and getting midfielders involved. Most of the balls played up to him were Megsonesque hoofs, so the young Frenchmen didn't have a whole lot to work with.
Martin Petrov played well, particularly in his defensive contributions.
Mark Davies was pushed very deep, due to Manchester United's sheer domination of possession, but he did have his moments.
And Sam Ricketts is still not Paul Robinson.