Jose Mourinho leaving Manchester United has set a number of things in motion.
For one, the club had to look to one of its own, a member of its Old Boys Association to help them till the season ends. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, during the past week, became the interim manager of the side.
Furthermore, Manchester United went on to score 5 goals against Cardiff City; a first since Sir Alex Ferguson’s last match as manager. With 74.3% possession, 26 combined shots and 801 touches, this United side was a total contrast to the one that played for Jose.
In football, a new manager always comes with a breath of fresh air. The news is rife with how it’s out with the old and in with the new. The new manager is expected to improve the results, make the players play better and also give the fans reasons to come to the stadium.
Should that be the yard-stick used to judge, then Solskjaer passed his first test in flying colors. Manchester United fans all over the world took to social media to go on and on about how this side was fun to watch.
The fifth manager in the post –Sir Alex Ferguson era only needed three minutes and three seconds as manager before he celebrated the first goal scored during his tenure as interim manager. For the manager, it was the perfect way to start.
For the players, it seemed the shackles were off. The freedom to roam was evident. There was the no-look Pogba pass. Jesse Lingard got two for himself and Anthony Martial looked unplayable. Instead of sitting back and defending, the Red Devils were constantly working their way into the opposition half and third, looking for goals.
It was wonderland for the fans that have had to endure a total contrast of their side in recent days. And it was a ninety minutes they won’t be forgetting anytime soon.
All of a sudden, Manchester United look like a force to be reckoned with again.
The games against Huddersfield and Bournemouth at home now look like games they will win with landslide figures. The trip after to Newcastle may see them take the lead rather have to come back from a 2-goal deficit.
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All of these games will set the tone for both their first FA Cup game this season (against Reading) and their away game at Wembley against Tottenham on 13 January. That’s 5 more games for Solskjaer in the next 20 days.
It’s just one game; enough to be excited about but not enough to judge whether the Red Devils are back and better. What do you think? Is it time for the Manchester United fans to be excited about a brand new season or should they still remain coy about their interim manager and what the future holds?
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