Manchester United have bounced back from their moribund display in the last Premier League encounter against arch rivals Liverpool, and have eased past Turkish side Fenerbahce in the Europa League clash.
Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial scored at Old Trafford on the Thursday night and the visitors never stood a chance against a well composed and confident side. Thanks to this emphatic 4-1 win at the home ground, United are now at the second spot, behind Feyenoord who have an inferior goal difference but are ahead because of their victory against the Red Devils in the opening game of the tournament.
Let us take a look at the five major talking points from this game.
Lack of confidence for Wayne Roooney?
We start with a rather not-so-good thing for Manchester United. Rooney got a chance to start for his team after being benched for the last few matches, and truth be told, the Englishman could not make justice to his name. Although overall he had a decent outing, including his assist to Lingard and a useful contribution to Pogba’s second goal, there were situations where the striker loose touches and lack of pace were evident. More importantly, in spite of being the first choice penalty taker for the club, Rooney passed two chances to Martial and Pogba. One or two goals, even from the spot, would have lifted his confidence and that is absolutely necessary for Manchester United at the moment.
Paul Pogba – is he back to his best?
Manchester United’s most expensive signing of the summer has been inconsistent so far. But, he proved his worth against Fenerbahce today, scoring a brace. He was phenomenal throughout the game. The Frenchman took four shots, provided a couple of key passes and played 70 passes, second highest among his teammates. He also provided as many as eight accurate long balls. Should he be able to continue this form, it can be said beyond doubt that Mourinho will be the happiest man on the earth within a few weeks.
Memphis Depay and Henrikh Mkhitaryan – where are they?
The boss decided to give rest to a few of his frontline choices, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marouane Fellaini. However, that did not open the gates for Memphis or Mkhitaryan. According to the recent news, the latter has got back to his feet and is fully fit to start. Still, Mourinho decided to go with Lingard, Martial and Juan Mata as the three attacking midfielders. It surely raises questions about his plans for the new signing. On the other hand, Memphis came off the bench towards the fag end of the match and as usual, failed to leave any significant mark. After he was bought a couple of seasons ago, there were huge uproar about the Dutchman, but so far, he has been sort of a burden for the club. Should United sell the winger in near future? Only time will tell.
Offense is the best defense:
And finally, we want to point out that Manchester United simply ripped apart the opponents yesterday night. They started the game on a attacking note and raised waves of attacks. In the end, it helped them well, as they took an unassailable 4-0 lead within 48 minutes. In their last game against Liverpool, Mourinho adopted a defensive technique and it attracted severe criticism from the pundits and fans. However, it has been observed time and again this season that United are better off with an attacking style, especially since they have a plethora of talents at their disposal. It remains to see whether the Portuguese boss continues to use the attacking style in the upcoming days.
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