Manchester United are the in-form team in the Premier League right now. That’s all down to the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer effect.
In the first three games, the Red Devils blew their opponents away due to offensive brilliance. However, against Newcastle United, a different approach had to be taken.
The attack wasn’t clicking, the final ball was lacking, but Solskjaer’s men got the job done due to defensive solidity and clinical finishing, with the substitutes changing the game.
Garth Crooks has released his regular BBC Team of the Week, and this time around, there were three United players included. Personally, though, I found that two of them were somewhat surprise inclusions…
Let’s start with the star-of-the-show, Marcus Rashford. Nobody can match his work ethic, willingness to win and ability to drag his team forward. It was his free-kick that allowed Romelu Lukaku to pounce for the opener, and it was his cool as you like finish that secured the three points. He was a deserved Man of the Match winner and a worthy inclusion in Crooks’ team.
Next up, we have Antonio Valencia. Now, the club captain wouldn’t have made it into my team, because I thought he was bang average and I certainly haven’t missed him while he hasn’t been available. He looks slow, off the pace and a shadow of his former self. Hopefully, that improves as he regains fitness.
Finally, we have Phil Jones. The Englishman had a shaky opening 30 minutes, and his mistake almost allowed Newcastle to take the lead through Rondon, but he more than made it up for it with a brilliant last-ditch tackle. He did grow into the game, but did he do enough to warrant selection in a Team of the Week? I’m not convinced. Congratulations nonetheless!