Burnley 0 - 2 Man Utd
Lukaku scored 2, but could’ve potentially had 4! Sanchez shown glimpses of what he can do, with fantastic pressing onto the opposition.
Pogba had a good game, but the Zaza penalty tarnished his overall performance.
Luke Shaw impressed AGAIN. I’m so glad he’s turning up this season, let’s hope he can keep it up.
Notes: Overall, our game was strong. It seems that Mourinho is adjusting his play style, after the first goal there was no bus parked. United looked hungry, looked to score.
Fellaini had a brilliant game, Fred was rightly dropped by Mourinho.
Spurs 3-0 Man Utd
There were many positives in this performance, which I just didn’t expect!
We showed energy, getting forward whenever possible.
Luke Shaw again was fantastic, at points I feel like we could’ve won the game apart from poor finishing by Romelu Lukaku.
If he could’ve scored the opener when he ran around Lloris, we could well have parked the bus & earnt a cheeky 1-0 win.
Poor result overall, but a lot worse on paper than it actually was.
Tough job explaining that to the other teams fans though, haha!
Pre Match Thoughts: VS Spurs
Liverpool have made it 3 out of 3, with no goals conceded, but Wolves held Man City to a draw.
We need to keep up the pressure, to drop more points now would be a BIG psychological blow & our fanbase would be in shatters.
My ideal lineup consists of:
- Lindelof & Bailly were shocking against Brighton, so I don’t really think they’re up to the task of dealing with Kane & Co.
- Rashford & Martial on either wings needs to be tested. It’s most likely going to be one of these plus Sanchez, but his performances haven’t really warranted a guaranteed starting spot.
- Our Right Back area is a cause for concern. Valencia has been a great servant and a good player, but we should have elite playing level. Also, his fitness may be a concern.
- Shaw has had a good start to this campaign, he needs to start to continue his confidence.
- Matic, Pogba & Fred is untested as of yet, but individually they are solid.
- Lukaku, no backup for his position really.
Paul Pogba / Mino Raiola
Well this time it’s his agent, causing trouble with Paul Scholes (A true United legend).
Mino suggested that if Paul Pogba was to be sold, there would be no issue in finding him a new club.
Paul Pogba made matters worse, by suggesting he can’t say what he feels, in case he gets fined by United.
This scenario isn’t really ideal, our club captain isn’t behaving correctly.
Brighton 3 - 2 Man Utd
This was a difficult one to watch, there wasn’t a single player who performed to a ‘satisfactory’ level, with Eric Bailly & Ashley Young being the worst of a bad bunch.
I sympathise with Young, having been asked to play RB, which was probably out of his comfort zone.
Lukaku missed an early sitter, dragging it wide of the goal, which could’ve changed the afternoon.
Note; This same Brighton team played Watford last weekend, failing to get a single shot on target. Embarrasing.
THREE POINTS DROPPED.
Man Utd 2 - 1 Leicester City
Overall a satisfactory performance.
In the first 20 mins, we came out of the blocks fast, pressing with a high line.
I thought United had been taking a leaf out of Man City’s book, it almost looked that good during spells.
Star players were:
De gea (as always!) – Great save vs Maddison to help us keep the lead at Half time.
Luke Shaw – Deserved his goal (albeit touch of luck) after his horrific 2017 campaign. Should help him add confidence.
Paul Pogba – Untouchable at times, ran out of steam after 60 odd mins (he has had no pre season at all).
Not so Greats:
Alexis – Won the penalty, but that was his only real involvement in the game.
Fred – showed a fiery side, looked like a red card waiting to happen at times.
With poor results & what seems to be a lack of team chemistry, I have to say it’s the least enthusiastic I have ever felt regarding MUFC.
1-1 Draw VS Club America
0-0 DRAW VS San Jose Earthquakes
1-1 DRAW VS AC Milan
4-1 LOSS vs Liverpool
2-1 WIN vs Real Madrid
1-0 LOSS vs Bayern Munich.
There’s always a section of fans (I have been guilty of this myself) stating that it’s simply pre-season, it doesn’t mean anything etc.
It DOES, you can read a lot into a teams chemistry, mentality & Play Style.
This pre-season was not progression, as a team we scored 4 goals.
Summer Transfer Window
Dalot – It’s a bit of a Punt, I watched some YouTube clips on him but they only ever show the best bits…
Fred – Seems to be a great playmaker, but in a league potentially worse than the Scottish one…
I’m not even justifying Lee Grant as a signing.
Meanwhile, Man City add Mahrez to their already strong team.
More worrying, Liverpool add Shaqiri, Keita, Fabinho & Alisson.