How Manchester faired on the opening day

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Manchester United head to Villa Park tonight for their second game of the new Premier League season, but what could we take from their opening day win?

Do Manchester United look worthy of being title challengers? Are the new signings real value additions or just new faces. Does the team look up for it?

Let us begin with Sergio Romero, the new Argentinian keeper who joined Man United on a free transfer from Sampdoria. Romero looks to be a dependable shot stopper though he seems suspect with the ball at this feet and his ability to deal with crosses is still to be tested.


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His distribution and assuredness on the ball were not convincing on Saturday but his saves towards the end of the game showed us that he still has it in him. Filling David de Gea's boots will be quite a task but Sergio Romero shows promise and may be the one for United.

United's defence did look a bit shaky at the start of the game but they grew into the match. Matteo Darmain had an absolutely brilliant debut and was deservedly awarded the Man of the Match. His attacking enteprise and defensive positioning was to be admired and his attitude has already endeared him to the Old Trafford faithful.

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Chris Smalling had a good game and somehow i feel he is growing into a top centre back with an innate understanding of the game and an ability to smell danger and destroy it. He is undoubtedly the leader of this back four and he seemed very sound.

Daley Blind seems to be still adjusting to the role of a centre back. His pace and defensive ability may not be exceptional but his immaculate positioning and recovery ability helped him do a job with Smalling without too much to worry.

Luke Shaw gave us some superb runs and give and go moments. With a bit of experience he could be one of the best left-backs in the world. He had a decent game and more game time should help him become an even more complete player.

Carrick had an average game by his standards. he lost the ball at times but his recycling of possession was second to none.  Schneiderlin started of in a nervous manner but as the game progressed he became an impregnable shield in front of the back four. 

Juan Mata, the Spanish playmaker, drifted in and out of the game. His lack of pace is exposed when he plays on the flanks but he still managed to create pockets of space and a few cute passes.

I still feel he is better playing behind the striker where his vision and excellent passing ability is used better.

The new star on the block, Memphis had a quiet game.The game seemed to bypass him at times even though he tried very hard to influence it. His pace and guile makes him better suited as a winger and Van Gaal could try that with Mata tucking inside.

Ashley Young seemed to be United's best outlet and his pace was very instrumental in United stitching together attacks. His will be disappointed that he could not get the better of Kyle Walker often and his crossing could have been better.

Finally coming to the captain and talisman Wayne Rooney who took ages to strike the ball which finally Walker toe poked into the goal. He tried his best to lead the line but did not seem sharp and hungry. Maybe that it was the first game has something to do with it.

The first game may not have been a classic performance but there are plenty of indicators that if this team clicks it could blow away the opposition.

Lots of positives and a few areas of improvement are the takeaways from this game. The new signings look like good additions and could take United to the next level. 

We will see how they fare tonight in Birmingham.

United fans, will the Red Devils make it two wins in two? Have your say below!

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