Manchester United Football Club finally got a win under their belts. Saturday’s victory was their first in five. Jose Mourinho has been offered a reprieve – ironically by two players who haven’t been anywhere near their best under him; Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial.
The game itself was a stressful situation. Going two down early is never easy. However, the fightback was simply sensational. It was no less than United deserved. The three points, heading into the international break no-less, could well be a mood-changer. Things should be heading back in the right direction after this huge morale boost.
Anyway, let’s get right onto the three things we learned.
Jose Mourinho still has the players’ support
The players still want to play for Mourinho. That much is evident. They never lost their cool, nor did they give up. From minute one, the whole team worked hard, put in the effort and eventually turned things around. Alexis Sanchez came on with a positive attitude and changed the game. The aforementioned Martial was sublime in the second-half. Even Juan Mata was influential, the Spaniard must be in contention to start next time out.
Paul Pogba does actually care
There have been questions raised about Pogba’s attitude. I think rightfully so… He was easily our best player against Newcastle. He was moved far deeper than probably he would have liked at times, but did he moan? Nope. The Frenchman was brilliant in that position actually, as he was able to see everything that was playing out in front of him – giving him more time to pick the pass or make those marauding runs forward.
Romelu Lukaku needs to sit out a game or two
I’m just not sure what is going on with big Rom at the moment. During United’s poor run, he has been arguably the most inconsistent player. Chances have come at a premium, sure, but he has had opportunities to score – more often than not, he has been missing. You usually at least get hard-work, energy and good hold-up play out of him. We haven’t even had that. Why not give Sanchez a run in the team through the middle? That’s where I believe he plays his best football.