Manchester United maintained their 100% record to the start of the premier league season by beating Leicester 2 – 0 at Old Trafford.Manchester United broke the deadlock through their substitutes, Marcos Rashford and Marouane Fellaini. Romeru Lukaku saw his penalty saved just before the goals.
Here are the 5 things we learnt from that game against Leicester.
Mourinho can influence things from the bench
The team is now very functional, every player knows his role and what to do, which makes its easy for substitutes to come into the match and make a difference. This is the third time in a roll, Manchester United substitutes will come of the bench and influence the match and even score. Martial did it in the first two games, now Marcos Rashford and Marouane Fellaini did it against Leicester.
Paul Pogba is an improved Player this Season
Not that Paul Pogba was a bad player initially, but the price tag and lack of Pre season games affected his performance level last season. But for this season, a lot of things have gone wonderful for him, first he no longer holds the most expensive player in the world record, he now understands his club and team mates better after a full season at Manchester United, and finally the signing of Matic, has helped him to influence the play in the final third of the pitch.
Manchester United look and play more confidently
Last season, this game would have ended in a draw, because united attack was too slow, and only went with a cross to try to score against their opponent. But in this game, they all attacked in different ways, long range shots, crosses, short passes, direct play through the middle. They controlled the game from start to finish and hardly put a foot wrong, even after loosing the penalty, they never dropped their head, they were still pursuing the goal and they were eventually rewarded.
Daley Blind is not a left full back
There is a reason Mourinho still wants a left Winger to play on the left hand side of Manchester United, apart from Antonio Valencia supplying excellent crosses from the right, the left hand side could not do the same, which created an unbalanced play. Luke shaw is still not 100% fit, and we don’t know how he will perform once he gets back into the team. Daley blind is excellent defensively but going forward, he offers little attack threat, to truly compete or win the league, they need to sort out the left hand side.
Romelu Lukaku still not a complete striker
Romelu lukaku’s first touch may have been highlighted as a weak point, but he surely knows how to score when given the chance and opportunity, although not every chance he puts away. Lukaku is already a great player at his age and will get extremely better and deadlier as the season progresses. He reminds me of Drogba when he first came into Chelsea, his touch was not too good, and he also missed a lot of chances, but one thing they had in common, they were both fighters, rugged on the ball, hold on play for their team, and usually brings their team mates into play, something Mata and Mkhitaryan will benefit from if they stick close to him.