Manchester United have made a dream start to the new campaign following a 4-0 thumping of Chelsea and need to maintain course.
While Manchester United may have registered a resounding 4-0 win over fellow top four chasers Chelsea, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knows that this is only the start of the season.
The Red Devils did initially struggle to dictate the game and it wasn’t before a moment of madness from Kurt Zouma that the home side found its rhythm. Manchester United fans would be happy with the win nonetheless. That too coming at the expense of a team that finished third in the league last season.
Solskjaer deserves time
While a rather confusing transfer market really laid bare the club’s many deficiencies it is clear that the manager isn’t one of them. The Norwegian has been touted as one of the first managerial casualties of the 2019/20 season.
That is definitely unfair given that Solskjaer has done well in preseason and has introduced something previous managers post-Ferguson have failed to.
A lively style of football!
The Red Devils might have taken their time to settle down in the game but once they did, they played the sort of high intensity football that has been long forgotten. The players were keen to win the ball back, make the opposition pass the ball around quicker and make mistakes in the process.
It was chaos for sure but came in real handy.
Harry Maguire was needed
The way he played on his Manchester United debut, it appeared that Maguire had been playing in the team for a long time. The England international’s big-money move has been questioned a lot given his price tag but it seemed justified.
The Englishman was assured in possession and had tons of interceptions to his name. Finally Victor Lindelof has a good partner in defense. The duo snuffed out attacks easily which means that in the coming weeks, this partnership is only going to get stronger.
It’s for sure that after some time, Maguire’s price tag will be forgotten if he keeps performing the way he did in his United debut.
Starting off can be an issue
The biggest worry so far has to be Manchester United’s inability to start games strongly. It was a problem back then and it is still a problem now. The Red Devils really started the game slow and allowed Chelsea to boss possession.
Only due to some luck that they saw the ball hit the frame of the goal twice. On any other day, Manchester United could have conceded twice in the opening twenty odd minutes. This trend of starting slow is going to haunt the club and needs to be addressed as early as possible.
While Chelsea’s young guns might have lacked the end product mainly due to inexperience, many other Premier League sides aren’t going to be this forgiving so Solskjaer needs to tackle this issue before it starts a downward trend that could even put his job on the line.