What a start it has been! Three games, three wins, Ten goals scored, none conceded! Take any United fan back in time to July, ask them whether they would take the above summary of results for the month and many would bite your hand off at that offer! Frankly, it would seem a little optimistic given that the above summary holds out United as being prolific in attack as well as solid at the back!
It’s a start that we would have felt too embarrassed to ask for because we’ve come to temper our expectations a bit. The fingers have been burnt quite too often in recent memory to stack all hope and faith into reasoning that was not free of fault.
But alas! It came to pass that Manchester United have enjoyed one of their brightest starts to a league campaign that we’ve had to draw comparisons with records established 97 years ago! Indeed, the club have been so impressive that the Division’s Player and Manager of the Month awards for the month are likely heading up North to Old Trafford. It’s been a while since the pair of accolades featured genuine nominees from the club. Indeed United have left very little reason not to.
For starters, the first goal of the season was symbolic of success the club attained in the transfer market. Nemanja Matic intercepted a loose pass and fed Marcus Rashford who teed up Romelu Lukaku to open the scoring against West Ham and start what would turn into an opening day thrashing. Suddenly, it looked like the flaws of last season have been rectified in the space of a couple of summer acquisitions.
As if to emphasise the opening day statement, United went to Swansea and scored another four goals, effectively putting to bed any lingering fears about their attacking potency. Lukaku, Pogba and Martial were yet again at the heart of everything concerning goals putting away every chance Henrickh Mkhitaryan toed their way. At the other end, the manager has enjoyed a period of fitness from Phil Jones that has allowed a stable central defensive partnership with Eric Bailly to thrive. The stuff of dreams eh?
United concluded the month by toning down their 4 goal margin victories to just the pair of goals against the 2016 Champions Leicester City at home. Still, it was yet another exhibition of the resolve and determination that was desperately lacking last season.
Competition for places became an underlying theme during the month, moreso between Martial and Rashford but it is testament to the resources available to Jose Mourinho that Ander Herrera and captain Micheal Carrick have struggled to get a look in. That situation will change in September given the number of games.
It’s only one month and it’s just the start, but August was as good as it could’ve gotten for Manchester United! Just the eight more months left to stay in tune, eh?