1. What a difference three days make. United played well against Spurs on Jose’s return to Old Trafford and deservedly took the three points. Some of our play was edge of the seat stuff as a front four of Lingard, James, Greenwood and a superb Rashford played some superb attacking football, particularly in the first half and it was the Spurs keeper’s heroics that denied them on a number of occasions. The team has been inconsistent this season which underlines what Ole has been saying for long, namely that a young team would struggle to turn up every now and then. After two disappointing draws, this result and performance against an excellent team on paper should fill the players with courage.
2. There was a patch in this first part of the season when United could not get a grip and our attacking play seemed sterile. This coincided with Martial being injured for an extended spell and critics pointed to Martial’s absence as a reason for United’s bad run. Today Martial was out and before the match, fans must have thought that we would not absorb his absence. It was not the case though and Greenwood more than covered for him, despite not scoring. The difference from the period when Martial was missing is that Rashford had replaced him as a central striker, whilst today, Rashford kept his favoured position on the left flank and was brilliant cutting inside on his right foot. Greenwood played centrally and was full of endeavour and substance. Ole must stick to this set up and resist shifting Rashford to the central striker role.
3. In one of these articles a couple of months ago, I had mentioned that we missed the best Lingard because his stamina, speed and forward propensity made him the best option for us as a number 10. I was criticised for that statement, which I accept. Today I was partly vindicated. Lingard looked fresh and on the way to discover his best form. With Fred playing well and McTominay a mainstay in the team, I wonder what role Ole will find for Pogba, when the latter is ready to return. What’s your take?
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