Three games, three wins.
Two league wins against the ever-present title challengers Tottenham Hotspurs on the opening day and Aston Villa in the first Friday night game, were followed by a classic dismantling of Belgian team Club Brugge in the Champions League.
United started the season with the unstoppable talent, Fellaini suspended for 3 matches but despite missing the big Belgian brush were able to force wins against Tottenham and Villa in the league.
United completely outplayed Spurs and shut the formidable talent of Harry Kane down. Italian master defender Darmian and English counterpart, Luke Shaw held their positions for most of the game but on occasion were permitted to go on marauding runs to unsettle the Spurs backs. The pressure mounted and Wayne Rooney found himself in acres of space in front of an open net with the ball begging to be put in the net. While Rooney sportingly waited for a Spurs player to retreat onto the goal line, the unfortunate Kyle Walker played the ball into his own net off Rooney’s toes. Spurs were unable to recover from this treacherous act and succumbed to the pressure of the Old Trafford atmosphere.
Friday night football is more commonly associated with American Football until the record books were re-written just 5 days ago. How appropriate that Manchester United, the greatest English club ever, should be involved in this groundbreaking change to the football fixture landscape. The hosts for the fixture, Birmingham’s Aston Villa.
Villa were brave and competed well but could not stop the prodigious talent of the young Belgian, Adnan Januzaj from scoring through a crowd of players to secure another three points for the Red Devils and take them to the top of the English league table.
The big game of the week is without a doubt the visit of Belgian football geniuses, Club Brugge to Old Trafford.
Michael Carrick showed his generous nature by helping the Belgians with an away goal early in the game. A great tactic to lift the spirits and tempo of the United side. Memphis didn’t take long to take up the challenge laid down by Carrick and scored his first of hundreds of goals for Manchester. Just before the half-time break Memphis stepped inside the defense and hit a wicked curling drive into the top corner, giving United the lead.
Marouane Fellaini finally made his return to the line-up via a late substitution and punished Brugge for the continuous indiscretions with a fine header to make it three – one. The away leg promises more goals in 8 days time.