Manchester United’s start to the Premier League couldn’t have been better. Jose Mourinho’s men have picked up two wins from their opening pair of fixtures, as they put both West Ham United and Swansea City to the sword with 4-0 scorelines.
Mourinho named the same starting line-up for both those matches, and that makes perfect sense to me. That consistency is so important, and the old saying ‘if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it’ certainly rings true here.
But, we’d be kidding ourselves if we didn’t expect to hit a bump or two down the road. That’s exactly why you have a squad of players rather than just a starting eleven.
Now, United legend Ryan Giggs has given his take, and he’s claimed that the likes of Michael Carrick and Ashley Young will have a huge part to play down the line – and the pair could well be crucial in any title challenge that the Old Trafford club makes.
‘There’s a lot of experience within the squad and they’ll all play their parts,’ Giggs told Sky Sports, as per The Metro.
‘Michael Carrick and Ashley Young haven’t been involved yet but have that experience to slot back in and be trusted, while Chris Smalling and David de Gea also have that experience of winning the league.
‘Before the first two games, I thought that the title was between Manchester City, who have the firepower, and Manchester United, who have the balance to their squad.’
There is absolutely no substitute for experience. Every top level side will have at least a few old heads who have been there and done it, and that is one of the reasons why I think that Mourinho named Carrick as his new captain. The leadership and know-how he’ll bring to the table is priceless.
The same can be said for Young. Another big selling point of his is versatility, and the 31-year-old winger is one of a handful of players in the current squad who have tasted Premier League glory before. He knows exactly what it takes and that is why Mourinho chose to keep him at the club.