Although Manchester United have began their title charge by securing three points, their performance as a whole was worrying.
Seeing a team planning on challenging for the title, win at home due to an own goal in their favour is hardly one that will install confidence upon the club's followers.
Romero impressed even though he showed glimpses of nerves, yet the heart of the defence still has a question mark hanging over it in the form of Daley Blind. United's midfield seemed to show some improvement however time will be needed for them to adjust to each other and start working smoothly.
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Up front Wayne Rooney led the attack, he had moments of good interchanging play with his team-mates however he s still lacking that killer instinct of three/four seasons ago.
For the last couple of seasons, the Englishman has not looked like a 20 goal striker. He played in slow motion for the goal, the ball came right to his feet yet he seemed to take forever to line up his shot, before Kyle Walker decided to do the job for him.
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Rooney does however contribute more than an out-and-out striker, he drops back into midfield when needed to help create chances and can have moments of brilliance when spreading 30-yard passes.
He will guarantee any team 10+ goals a season no matter what kind of form he's in, however United need him to regain his top form and start firing in goals as he did in his prime years to regain the Premier League title.
THE FORGOTTEN MAN
United had a proven goal scorer sitting on the bench, one that would have taken such a chance in the blink of any eye and would prosper from quality balls been fed to him from United's new look midfield: that man is Javier Hernandez.
Obviously Chicharito, should not replace Rooney, but he should be given a more prominent role in their league campaign this season. The Mexican poacher has spent the last season on loan with Real Madrid and already possesses a winner's medal with the Red Devils and has scored some vital goals when called upon in the past.
He didn't necessarily have any poor seasons yet was pushed aside when Ferguson acquired the services of Robin Van Persie. Hernandez never really got a chance to re-establish himself when Van Gaal arrived.
Hernandez has attracted attention from a number of other clubs, most notably Tottenham and West Ham, and rightly so; the Mexican's CV includes Manchester United and Real Madrid, along with a host of impressive, predatory goals which United lacked last season.
If Hernandez is allowed to leave this summer United may lose a potentially vital component in their quest to re-establish themselves at the summit of English football and will need to spend big to make up for such a loss.
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