Jose Mourinho has an exceptional record of winning the league in his second season at a club but the players are taking each game as they come and are trying not to get ahead of themselves. There is no doubt that Manchester United have looked like the stand out team in the league so far, but it’s important to remember that we are only two games into the season. After truly exquisite performances against West Ham and Swansea, the Reds look like they are ready to take on anyone.
In our first two games this season we were 4-0 victors. Last season against Leicester, we managed to win by 3 goals in both league matches! Lets not forget the thrilling encounter at Wembley last season when Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s late goal won us the Community Shield. After a disappointing title defence from the Foxes last season, Leicester are now beginning to look a lot more like the side that won the league with Mahrez and Vardy looking sharp and ready to tear defences apart. On the opening day of the season, Leicester ended up falling second-best to Arsenal who won 4-3 in a breathtaking match despite taking a 2-0 lead. In their second game, they won comfortably against Brighton.
After impressive displays in the two games so far this season, it wouldn’t surprise me if Jose Mourinho decided to (once again) select an unchanged line up. In the last two games, every player played their best and proved that they deserve to be starting every week. However, Anthony Martial came on as subs in both games and within 25 minutes on the pitch this season, he already has two goals and an assist to his name. But the question is, who can Mourinho drop to accommodate him? One thing is for certain, whether he starts or comes on as a substitute, he will certainly make an impact on the game. In more bright news, Ashley Young and Luke Shaw both played an hour for the reserves on Monday against Swansea as they edge closer to full fitness. Furthermore, Marcos Rojo returned back to training on Tuesday.
The key area for Manchester United on Saturday will be the centre of the pitch. This is where the game can be won or lost. So far, in our two previous games, the midfield pairing of Matic and Pogba has been impeccable. With Matic sitting slightly deeper to provide support for the defence in the event of a counter attack, Pogba has been given more freedom to venture forwards and play at his best. We have been try to find out whether Pogba is best on the left of a midfield trio or in a duo. From what we have seen in the last two games, it looks for certain that he is more effective in a due. However we haven’t yet come up against a top quality team and we haven’t yet been outnumbered in the centre of the park. Let’s hope that Matic and Pogba can handle James and Ndidi.
The potential match-winning players on show are Lukaku and Jamie Vardy. Both players have a terrific eye for goal and could be serious threats to the opposing defences. Lukaku has bagged himself three goals in the two games, whilst Vardy managed two, both on the opening day of the season. Despite picking up a slight injury last weekend against Brighton, Jamie Vardy returned to training and was an unused sub in the midweek fixture against Sheffield United in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday. He is expected to start on Saturday and has a good record against Manchester United. Let’s hope that Lukaku continues his good form in front of goal and can score in his third consecutive match!