A 4-0 win against West Ham is probably seen as a routine under Sir Alex but it’s hard to not get carried away with today’s performance. After 3 seasons and 3 managers, it seems like we finally have a team capable of winning the elites. Although we’ve won 3 last season – that if you count Community Shield as a trophy – our main target is always the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup.
I haven’t seen anything this good since Sir Alex retired. Not from Moyes and Van Gaal. Not even from Mourinho.
Matic and Pogba, the new midfield axis, were predictably effective. Big lad Lukaku will score a lot of goals, while Martial and Rashford will indeed help scoring some as well. At the back, Baily was very comfortable playing with Jones, and De Gea will definitely continue to perform some good saves.
Long season ahead of us, but that was a very comfortably good start. Let the good times roll!
Manchester United are a force to be reckoned with this season. It looks like transfer target Antoine Griezmann, arguably one of the best players on the planet, will stay at Atletico Madrid for the time being – but that shouldn’t hinder United’s chances too much. According to various reports, the Red Devils are chasing Real Madrid star Alvaro Morata and he could be a better fit than the Frenchman.
Given the chance to prove his worth, Morata can show that he deserves to be ranked as one of the best strikers in European football. Statistics available from Soccerway shows that the 24-year-old scored 15 goals in 26 appearances this season – at an average rate of a goal every 89 minutes. At £70 million, he won’t come cheap but United are in desperate need of attacking help following Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s release at the end of the season.
No matter who United sign, Mourinho’s men will be there or thereabouts in the Premier League title race. As of June 26th, Bitcoin bettors looking for sports to bet on can back the Red Devils at 7/2 to win the crown; something that they haven’t been able to do since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013. With Mourinho, a proven winner, at the helm, champagne could be flowing on the Old Trafford turf come next May.
Defensively, the Red Devils are well placed to challenge the likes of Chelsea, Tottenham and arch rivals Manchester City in the Premier League title race. David de Gea found himself in and out of the starting line-up last season but the Spain star can regain his rightful place as United’s number one shot stopper. In front of De Gea, Eric Bailly, Marcos Rojo and summer signing Victor Lindelof will provide assurance and protection to the United goal.
With a couple of astute additions, United will be in business. Last season, wayward efforts in front of the Old Trafford faithful let Mourinho’s men down. Draws against West Ham, Burnley and Bournemouth were just a few of United’s disappointing results and United must focus on their consistency against the Premier League’s “lesser” sides. If the Red Devils can turn those draws into victories, Mourinho’s side will be a LOT closer.
If truth be told, United should be competing for the crown every year. Mourinho is building a title-winning squad and challenging at the top should be United’s primary objective – even with the Premier League now more competitive than ever before. The Portuguese has had his fair share of difficulties in recent years but he remains one of the best managers in the business and his winning record is second to none.
Signing Antoine Griezmann would have been fantastic for supporters but United are well positioned to challenge without the Frenchman. Signing a proven striker like Morata is the key to United’s title chances this season and Mourinho knows it. The Old Trafford ‘fear factor’ will return in the near future and United could be set to secure more silverware in the not-so-distant future.
Drawing away from home isn’t exactly the achievement that any United supporter should be celebrating like it’s Christmas as our last 2 visits to Anfield were perfect wins. But a solid performance is a solid performance. Mourinho was playing into Klopp’s game and it worked well, nevermind poor ball positions at 35% (the figure which Mou denies), currently the lowest in the league, when we have 99% but we can’t even shoot and trouble opposition’s goalkeepers presented by the previous manager.
On our best performers; it’s important to note, should Ibrahimovic converted his chance, which he usually does, we would take home full points. It apparently just wasn’t his night. Meanwhile Herrera was a commanding boss at deep midfield with man of the match performance and his Spaniard fellow David De Gea also pulled incredible saves, taking away 2 points from the side who currently have the time of their life.
Like Mourinho said it best:
Mourinho to SkySports on Liverpool "They are a good team but they are not the last wonder of the world like… https://t.co/YbNF8eHbgI
The lads try hard, throw endless attacking creativities, and show never give up attitude against Mike Phelan’s stubborn 10 man defence Hull. At the end, our young Marcus Rashford delivered the goal at “Fergie time”. What a game.
It’s hard to pick a man of the match but Dailey Blind was again calm and composed protecting De Gea while his partner Eric Bailly show again why Mourinho signed him. Luke Shaw and Antonio Valencia were outstanding at full backs. Rooney and Ibrahimovic had a decent game as well.
You can watch game highlights here. Bring on Manchester derby!