Connect in the back of the net

Manchester United have had a best start to a new season since the 2012/13 season in 11 games the won 7, drew 2 and lost 2 totalling 23 points but the fans haven’t been impressed with latest results — is it justified or they are pressing panic buttons too early?

Red Devils as they are affectionately known lost to Chelsea on Sunday at Stamford Bridge much to displeasure of the fans who strongly criticise the playing style especially against the top 6 clubs this comes after a dominant display by Chelsea.

United haven’t had a trinket to ease pressure on themselves in the last four league games with their misfiring striker Romelu Lukaku failing to find the back of the net in a run of four games, a stat that is not good enough for a £75 million striker.

José Mourinho’s men had an excellent run until the trip to Liverpool ever since they have been going downhill managing a mere 4 points by winning the only home game against Tottenham Hotspur while drawing one and losing two in a string of away games which resulted them falling 8 points behind bitter city rivals Manchester City. Hence, fans have been alarmed.

But the truth is 2017/18 season is not as bad as it looks for Manchester United yet, a 1-0 loss on Sunday’s Premier League clash should not cloud our judgement as there is no shame in losing to the defending champions who can beat anyone on their day.

If it wasn’t for Manchester City’s relentless form, fans wouldn’t be panicking quite as much. United are currently at second position of the league, top of the Champions League group with 4 wins out of 4 and reached the League Cup quarter-finals which doesn’t sound bad when you take City’s 8 points lead out of equation.

Manchester United are yet to face their City counterparts a game which will be very critical in determining their championship credentials, the game’s outcome could mean an extended 11 points lead by the log leaders or a 5 points lead or no change lead of 8 points provided both teams don’t drop points in their build-up games to their meeting.

Few weeks after the international FIFA break will be important to how they will react but surely Manchester United need a little credit for how they have kick started a new season especially after being hit with injuries of key members of the squad.

Fairly a good season for Manchester United so far but City’s been better, I’d say they have started auspiciously something we have hardly seen in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era.

 

Written by Bonno Macheng

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