Why United are fun again

Brayden May

The new season may only be young but one thing is for sure, Manchester United are looking a different prospect to the side that failed to qualify for the Champions League last season.

There is a renewed sense of belief amongst the Old Trafford faithful, with the Red Devils having taken six points from six in their first two games of the season.

United have already scored five goals this season, a reward for their quick and attacking football, attack a phrase fans have been calling out for since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson.

So what is bringing back fond memories of the days, teams would fear a matchup with the Red Devils?

It has started at the very top, from the boardroom right through to the players.

Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, a man who faced scathing attacks from fans for not bringing in the biggest names in world football, has had a big role to play in some of the changes made at the club.

This summer Woodward has been a big player in helping to sign the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimović and Paul Pogba despite the lure of Champions League football this season.

New manager Jose Mourinho has made it no secret that his goal is nothing short of winning the league this season, a long way from van Gaal whose primary objective it was to finish in the top four.

In attack United fans are being treated to the type of football that they could have only dreamt of under the leadership of the Dutchman.

One-two touch passing is allowing the Reds to open up the defence, they are not looking to hold onto possession with sideways and backwards movement.

The forwards are looking to run at defenders and beat them in a one-on-one situation, before looking to play the killer pass.

Ibrahimović leading the line is already dazzling the crowd with audacious attempts on goal and brilliant pieces of skill.

In the middle of the park, the midfielders are looking to get the ball moving quickly not allowing the opposition to sit in behind and frustrate.

Quick ball movement has long been the Manchester United way, whether it be hitting the opposition on a swift counter-attack or splitting the defence with a killer pass.

A back four under the reign of Sir Alex meant a strong and physical central partnership with flying fullbacks who could have an impact going forward.

And so far this season United fans are being treated to exactly that.

Eric Bailly already looks at home in the heart of defence for United, providing a strong physical presence which has not been seen since the departure of Nemanja Vidic.

Luke Shaw and Antonio Valencia have both made the starting fullback positions their own, driving forward on every possible occasion putting dangerous crosses into the box.

Valencia in particular has been good going forward already having provided a number of assists during the pre-season as well as the season’s first competitive games.

Not only are the fans excited by what they are seeing, the players themselves look to have rediscovered their passion for the game.

If this level of performance continues we are in for one hell of a ride.

@braydenmay

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