It’s far too early to say Manchester United are the place they need to be, however after yesterday’s victory over Premier League pacesetters Arsenal, it’s definitely loads nearer than what it was a month in the past.
Erik ten Hag started his Outdated Trafford profession in dreadful style, dropping 2-1 and 4-0 to Brighton and Hove Albion and Brentford respectively, with the latter defeat arguably one of many lowest ebbs within the post-Fergie period.
A exceptional win over a dysfunctional Liverpool facet was a begin, however provided that they might sustain the momentum. The Arsenal triumph was their fourth on the spin and issues are starting to look loads brighter within the crimson half of Manchester.
The late summer season switch addition of Brazilian winger Antony has additionally improved the temper of the Outdated Trafford trustworthy, with fears they could miss out on considered one of their major targets, an £85m price was agreed and he made the transfer to England.
Lengthy-term Ronaldo alternative?
One of many large speaking factors through the summer season was whether or not Cristiano Ronaldo would remain in Manchester or transfer elsewhere however in the long run, the 37-year-old stayed with Man United, though he hasn’t had the identical affect as he did final season.
Ronaldo has solely began once this season, the woeful defeat to Brentford, and has come off the bench an additional 5 instances after suggestions that he was in search of a means out of Outdated Trafford.
After all, he’s nonetheless one of many best gamers to have graced the sport with five Ballon d’Or’s to his title however he’s now not a spring rooster.
Certainly, it mentioned loads that United’s new Brazilian was most well-liked to him regardless of solely being on their books for a matter of days and when Ronaldo got here on for him late within the piece, it was maybe symbolic of what might play out for the remainder of the marketing campaign.
With the £200k-per-week Antony making his debut towards Arsenal, the 22-year-old quickly gave the world a glimpse of simply why United have been chasing him for thus lengthy with a wonderfully taken objective within the 35th minute. Marcus Rashford poked the ball via to him and the previous Ajax man comfortably side-footed the ball residence.
With such an amazing affect, it seems that Ten Hag has stumbled upon a system at United that doesn’t depend on the mercurial ahead. As an alternative, it might nicely depend on the fortunes of the youthful Antony.
Will this be Ronaldo’s ultimate season in Manchester?
The Dutchman already seems like he has reaped the rewards of the summer-long pursuit of his former Ajax star and he sang his praises final season, saying:
“He’s going via an extremely stunning growth. Particularly if we carry out within the Champions League, then it’s clear that he’ll come into the highlight and be attention-grabbing for lots of golf equipment.
“If you happen to play a task within the Brazilian choice, it’s clear that he can be pulled. From a sporting standpoint, it’s clear that he’s an unbelievable expertise.”
This newfound confidence and the addition of the 22-year-old to what was a United facet in turmoil not even 4 weeks in the past proves there might be a altering of the guard.