Is the silly season from last term still alive and licking in the Premier League, and is it time for United to panic yet? Of course it’s not, seven games into the Premier League is still too early to be drawing conclusions.
Following a generous point from the fast-evolving fortress that is the Stadium of Light, United fans grew increasingly frustrated at not only dropping another two points away from home but the manner in which it was done.
Sunderland deserve great credit under former Red Steve Bruce for their attacking and organised display and even the most hardened of us United supporters can admit they were unlucky not to take all three points.
So let’s take a look at the positives from this season’s campaign so far. United still remain undefeated in all competitions; Anderson, Michael Carrick and Rio Ferdinand are getting back into their strides following frustrating injuries; and the formidable partnership of Nemanja Vidic and Ferdinand is back up and running as we begin to see just why we need these centre halves on a consistent basis.
The last two games against Valencia and Sunderland have seen the pair back to former glory, silencing attackers and keeping clean sheets in the process.
The ‘attack from the back’ theory United embody can be rolled out again as having solid defenders allows players to get forward knowing the defence is in capable hands.
At the highs of Manchester United’s achievements you can always point out world class defenders, Jaap Stam, Dennis Irwin, Steve Bruce, Gary Pallister, even back to the Sir Matt Busby days with Tony Dunne, Bill Foulkes, Roger Byrne and Johnny Carey to name a few.
No doubt the United staff will be working around the clock analysing the season so far and looking to see where improvements can be made. Tough away games await us in the form of Stoke City, Manchester City and Aston Villa followed by a trip to Rangers. Nobody said it was going to be easy, but having said that, MUFC has never done things the easy way.
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