Monday Morning Manchester United – Week 3

Manchester United

Three weekends of victories and three weekends of dominant displays. Three weekends of being able to watch Match of the Day…I have to say it’s pretty nice.

Manchester United beat Leicester City 2-0 on Saturday evening in a convincing display. United were dominant for most of the game. In truth the Foxes were barely in it until the end when De Gea had to make a trademark seemingly impossible save.

United were denied a goal when Juan Mata was harshly ruled offside in the 19th minute. United continued to pepper the Leicester goal forcing Schmeichel into some fine saves. Seven minutes into the second half United were awarded a penalty for a handball by former Red Danny Simpson. Lukaku stepped up but another save from Schmeichel kept the scores level.

66th minute – Marcus Rashford is brought on to replace Juan Mata.

70th minute – Marcus Rashford scores.

It’s just what the boy Rashers does.

With the deadlock broken United sat a little deeper and invited some spells of pressure onto themselves needlessly until two more substitutions sealed the three points for United. A deflected Jesse Lingard shot deflected off of an offside Fellaini to end the game as a contest.  A lucky break for a team who really could have been miles ahead if it wasn’t for the performance of Schmeichel in the Leicester City goal.

Impressions

United still look very comfortable in possession and are creating a lot of chances. The Pogba-Matic combination still looks like it could be the key to success under Mourinho. Remember, Ander Herrera is there as backup. What a midfield we have now compared to the absolute dross of the past few years.

The Jones and Bailly partnership is working. I am as shocked at the rest of you, the new signing Victor Lindelof cannot get a look in. Chris Smalling is nowhere to be seen, what a time to be alive.

The substitutions worked wonders again this week. Jose really is getting more from the squad this year. The Martial and Rashford rotation is a frightening prospect for teams trying to park the bus at Old Trafford.

Reality

I fear that Lukaku won’t be as reliable as Zlatan was in high pressure situations. I mentioned this last week as a worry going forward this season. He has never been one to bet the house on and that has to change at Manchester United. His penalty was very poor when we badly needed a goal. Hopefully that is a lesson learned and he gets back to goalscoring ways. Overall he played well!

Blind and Valencia are still starting football matches for Manchester United. Valencia offers very little, I realise people may think I am insane but watch him every week like I do and get back to me. He is always out of position when asked to defend and he cannot cross a ball when attacking. I do not see what he offers in this current system. In a 4-4-2 where he is asked to purely play Right Back he is much better. The jack of all trades thing is not working, it is a myth.

Blind continues to take corners while continually failing to clear the first man. It has been three years of this maddening formula with two different managers. I do not understand this. I suppose he is just filling in for the returning Luke Shaw or Ashley Young so he gets off the hook a little. To be fair to him he is a Defensive Midfielder playing Left Back.

All in all its three wins from three, ten goals scored and none conceded. Based on the last four years we should be in dreamland! Don’t wake me up!

Weekly Smalling Stats – Zero minutes played, zero mistakes. Excellent management of the player. Don’t wake me up!

Steven Murphy
2Bit Sports Co-Founder. Junior Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Creative, Live Events but also Third floor Janitor. Gaming Editor, Manchester United loudmouth. Whatever I am actually employed to do I probably did it earlier. It's on your desk, I'd say. Its safe to say that I call 'em as I see 'em. Be warned, I hate a lot of things. It's easier to count the things that I do like. I probably hate you.

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