Manchester United’s unbeaten start to the campaign came to an abrupt halt away at Swansea, as the Reds surrendered a 1-0 lead to suffer their third consecutive 2-1 defeat against Gary Monk’s side.
After a brisk start in the first half, United were lucky to be level at half-time but hit the front early in the second half, as Juan Mata netted his first goal of the season to give his side a 1-0 lead. However, Swansea bounced back and scored twice within five minutes to condemn United to their first defeat of the season, as doubts over this squad’s future begin to mount.
Here’s five talking points from yesterday
Manchester United returned to the Champions League proper after a resounding win against Club Brugge on Wednesday night.
Much as they did after going behind in the first leg, United produced the kind of football that has so far eluded them in Europe, showing the kind of fluidity and clinical approach up-front that has too often been missed in the first three Premier League games.
Here’s five things we’ve learned from last night…
Manchester United’s winning start to the season came to an abrupt end on Saturday, as Louis Van Gaal’s men slumped to disappointing 0-0 draw against Newcastle.
Having started with purpose and intensity, United soon faded away as they were hampered by the now all too familiar anaemic strike-force, even though Wayne Rooney had a goal ruled out for offside.
Here’s five things we’ve learned from yesterday.
Manchester United are a step closer to returning to the Champions League proper after beating Club Brugge 3-1 in the first leg of their playoff tie.
United marked their return to European football after an 18-month hiatus with a performance that grew in confidence after the worst possible start.
Here’s five talking points from last night
It wasn’t pretty, it wasn’t entertaining but it was effective. Manchester United return from Villa Park with another three points and another clean sheet but, as it’s been characteristic of Louis Van Gaal’s tenure, there were more questions than answers.
It is hard to argue with two wins in two games, particularly given last season’s stuttering start, but United continue to look like a work in progress.
Here’s five things we have learnt from Friday night
It has been a very strange summer for Manchester United.
Louis Van Gaal’s second season at Old Trafford will get underway in less than 48 hours but trying to predict how the campaign will unfold is as complicated as estimating how many overs Australia’s top order is going to last.
Having spent £150m on players 12 months ago, United have forked out a further £75m on players over the last three months.
Manchester United will face one between CSKA Moscow, Lazio, Club Brugge, Monaco or Rapid Vienna in a two-legged tie Champions League playoff.
The complicated format of the Champions League means United enter the competition at the final playoff stage,which is split between the “champions” route – for teams who have won their national title – and “league” route, for those who haven’t.
The day before Angel Di Maria was unveiled as a Manchester United player, Louis Van Gaal’s side had been dealt a severe humiliation as they capitulated to a 4-0 defeat at MK Dons in the Capital One Cup.
In more ways than one, that night brought the curtain down on the careers of a number of players United fans had grown accustomed to – tolerated in some cases – see in the starting XI over the few seasons that preceded the Dutchman’s arrival.