Manchester United Football Club have certainly had a week to remember. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer went head-to-head with both Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City, picking up six points in the process.
The Red Devils were more than worthy of two stellar victories, with United earning praise from all quarters. Amongst those who were keen to laud the Old Trafford club was Jamie Carragher – yes, you read that correctly.
Carragher was in excellent form alongside Gary Neville on Monday Night Football as per usual – and the pair’s in-depth discussion on United’s display was as intriguing as ever.
You expect it from Neville being a red through and through, but Carragher was so impressed with United, that he actually made a bold claim and compared Daniel James, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial as good as both Liverpool’s and City’s front three. He also stated it’s the best anyone has played against Pep Guardiola’s side over the last few years.
“I think it’s the best 30 minutes I’ve seen any team play against Manchester City in three years, taking away perhaps Pep’s first year with City in 2016/17,” he said live on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football. “Liverpool at Anfield in the Champions League quarter-final in 2018 did really well, but this is away at the Etihad. I thought it was devastating, and it was Manchester United going back years, at their best.
“It was quality football, at what felt like 100mph. A lot has been made of Manchester City, and their press not being quite right, but I actually think Manchester City at their best would have struggled with this.
“Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Daniel James – when these three are running forward, they are as good as the City three or Liverpool three, they’re just not consistent enough, that’s their problem. But at the weekend they were out of this world, and City couldn’t cope with them.
“Pace and movement, with players moving all over the place, and with it happening that quickly, City could never get back and organised. I thought Manchester United were absolutely outstanding and thoroughly deserved the win.”
I don’t often find myself agreeing with Carragher, but he does have it absolutely spot on here. United tore City to pieces during that first half an hour and they could have easily been four or five goals up.
The pace was electric, all three made the right runs and with the likes of Jesse Lingard, Fred and Scott McTominay pulling the strings in behind, it really was a joy to watch.
Sometimes, three points means more than just that. Getting one over on your local rivals is always nice, particularly when getting wins against City has been tough over the last few seasons. The fact that we fully deserved it makes it even sweeter and it gives Solskjaer a real platform to build upon.
Now, it’s about kicking on and taking it to that next level. United need to start beating the teams they’re supposed to and begin to move up the table. After all, this squad is more than capable of competing with the best-of-the-best, the results have shown that…