Jose Mourinho saw his new look Manchester United side make it three wins from three to go level on points with Chelsea at the top of the Premier League table after defeating Hull City 1-0 at KC Stadium.
Marcus Rashford’s strike moments from full time were enough to hand the three points to the reds who maintain their 100% winning start to the new season.
We take a look at five essential things we learnt throughout the victory up at Humberside, as Mourinho’s men now head into the international break.
Under Sir Alex Ferguson United always had a never die attitude. As the clock ticked towards the 90th minute we almost come to expect a late winner to rescue us at the very end and in Mourinho he has reignited that never die attitude amongst his players.
It looked as though it may have been one of those days for United at the KC Stadium where no matter how many shots they had on the tiger’s goal, it just wasn’t going to go in. However the reds persistence paid off in Marcus Rashford getting on the end of Wayne Rooney’s cross and tapping the ball into the back of the net. It showed you the team spirit Mourinho has drilled into the players and that can only be a positive sign as the season progresses.
The importance of Mkhitaryan and Rashford
The introduction of new club signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan and youngster Marcus Rashford were undoubtedly the turning point of the game. Having both been brought on in the second half the pair caused the Hull back four chaos with Rashford running down the flanks cutting inside and Mkhitaryan twisting and turning on the ball as he looked to find that decisive pass.
The pair now make themselves strong favourites to be named in the Portuguese’s starting eleven when the reds return after the international break to face arch rivals Manchester City at Old Trafford on September 10th.
The class of Bailly
We may be only three league games into the campaign but Eric Bailly already looks well and truly home at Old Trafford. Arguably the clubs finest player thus far, Bailly looks every bit that world class central defender we have been looking for since Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic departed the club.
He didn’t put a foot wrong against the tigers, winning every tackle he needed to make whilst showing calm and composure on the ball. It may only be early days but with Bailly looking this good Mourinho need not look any further than at the Ivorian to solve United’s central defensive problems.
Martial needs a rest
It is no secret that Anthony Martial hasn’t exactly set the world alight so far this season. Subdued performances against Bournemouth on the opening day and Southampton at Old Trafford a week last Friday led the Frenchman to be substituted off the field and that trend continued today against Hull.
No matter what the Frenchman tired whether it was a shot or an attempted dribble at the full-back nothing it seemed would come off for the 20-year-old.
Martial is a player who looks like he needs to be taken out of the firing line. Having looked unimpressive thus far in each of United’s opening league fixtures been dropped from the starting eleven could be just what he needs at the moment and could act a springboard for Martial in the coming weeks ahead.
Manchester United’s win over the tigers has now made it three wins from three in the league so far, four if you count the victory over Leicester City in the Community Shield at Wembley.
Should United keep that level of consistency up throughout the entire season the reds will no doubt be in and amongst the mix for the Premier League Title come May. Mourinho will be fully aware that there may be the odd blip ahead but it is how the club can recover from those blips that will prove significant in how United’s season pans out.