The 4-0 Goal galore was opened by a superb strike from Antonio Valencia. It was his first of the last few months and it was mental! I would bet that very few, or even none, goalkeepers who can stop that kind of attack. After the goal, we play dull, predictable and unimpressive football. It’s obvious that we missed the creativity of Paul Pogba, who are sidelined for bad injury. However, for casual observers, it’s obvious that Jose Mourinho tend to replace the right players at the right time. And so far this season, it managed to change the output of the game.
It was a similar scenario against Everton last weekend. Jose replaces Marcus Rashford with Jesse Lingard, apparently to ensure that left back Ashley Young is well protected, as Jesse is relatively more resilient than Marcus in defending. The second crucial change was Ander Herrera who replaces Juan Mata. The game fairly did not develop to Reds’ liking until the Spanish midfielder entered the field and changes things. Last was the introduction of “super sub” Anthony Martial.
After the formation changed, the goals came almost automatically. Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial each scored successfully created a total of 3 goals in 10 minutes. It was a well earned 3 points at Old Trafford against one of our traditional opponents. Also worth to note that Serbian Nemanja Matic was an outstanding performer.
If I bet on netbet.co.uk, I would not underestimate Manchester City who now has the same points with us and of course defending champions Chelsea. But I am sure we have a good chance to return to become English Premiere League champions. Like the old saying; where we belong.
Come on you Reds!