Here’s five fast takeaways from this weekend fixture.
The future is bright but will take time - it doesn’t take a fool to notice what Ole is doing and trying to build. Throughout the offseason, the transfer dealings and the tactics, He is trying to cut deadwood, find hungry players, and ones that can play counter attacking football. In the modern games managers aren’t given long windows to right the ships but I believe Ole needs time and the future will be bright.
This allows for Youth to progress - It’s an exciting time to be at United if your on the younger side because positions are opening that are ripe for competition. This means that the five academy players who were elevated to first team could make a break through.
Mason Greenwood is the future - from his first touch as a sub to his continual performances on the academy teams, Mason has shown that he is the future. Mason has brilliant ball skill and natural finishing ability, no wonder he’s in line for a new contract at 25k a week.
Daniel James does it again - With 34% of the ball possession sent down the left wing Daniel James was the clear attacking choice he flew down the wing eating up the field and challenging the saints. His first half strike was a thing of beauty. Sharp. Decisive. Tactical. Deadly. Three goals, three starts.
Defensive partnerships takes time - Sticking with today’s theme, Lindelof was beat on a set play again. But again, one can’t expect perfection in such a short time. Lindelof and Maguire will form a dynamic partnership and set pieces are the next area of focus.
There were definitely weaknesses but no need to harp on them, only fix them. So above was the positives I saw this week.