It’s been a tale of the good, bad and ugly for Manchester United since the new season kicked off. With it now in full swing, there have been low and high moments all within the first 7 weeks of action.
As is it with fans everywhere, the average Red Devils faithful has had his hopes dashed, and also restored at various point in time as far as having a great season goes. And it’s the very normal human reaction given how far the club has come from when Sir Alex left till Mourinho’s arrival at Carrington.
Certainly, so many thoughts have dominated the minds of many United fans from the season’s curtain raiser against Bournemouth till date.
Here are a few :
If Mata will remain with the club
The history between the 2 only meant the Spaniard would make way once Jose arrived. Fans waited till deadline transfer day amidst links he would be leaving for Everton, only to wake the next morning to the reality – he was going nowhere.
His “double substitution” during the Community Shield was definitely a pointer to the fact that he had no United future under Mourinho, or so it was thought. Looks like we have all been wrong all along, as Mata is slowly becoming the cog in the heart of the midfield.
The former Chelsea star, and not Pogba who many THOUGHT would hit the ground running upon his return has been the club’s best midfielder so far.
“Poor Marcus!!!” “He was going to turn a bit-part player under Mourinho.” “The Portuguese doesn’t allow young players thrive under him.” Those were the popular assumptions and thoughts of a lot of United fans concerning the youngster’s slim chances.
His starting the season on the bench further confirmed their fears as regards his future. But the tides turned the moment he scored the winning goal against Hull City at the death, and he has since become a regular face in the starting line up.
Where Rooney will play
So, upon his arrival, Mourinho declared that the side’s skipper won’t be playing in midfield under him. Since Zlatan was bought already, it wasn’t straightforward for fans to guess where exactly Wazza will end up playing.
He has since played behind Zlatan in a number 8 role, played as a number 10 in a midfield of 3, and of recent, played on the bench.
Many are calling for his total removal from the first team, and to say he has been very underwhelming since the start of the season is to state the obvious. He already looks surplus to requirements after the last 2 games, and it has got many wondering and thinking of what the future holds for the 30-year-old.
This tops the “thoughts charts” of a lot of Manchester United fans, including the most pessimistic of them all. It’s been 3 long seasons since the Red Devils last won the prestigious Premier League title (2012/13).
And with the arrival of Mourinho, Pogba, and Zlatan, many hopes have raised, through the roof and the anticipation as far as winning the league has hit an all-time high. It’s very possible, but the team will have to find a winning formula if that dream is to ever come true.
It doesn’t hurt to think big, and it’s justifiable if the fans have such lofty thoughts concerning their team’s chances and overall welfare this season. They deserve it.