Manchester United came back from Russia after an emphatic 4-1 win in Moscow against CSKA on Wednesday night. Their performance was heard about all around Europe, as the Red Devils continued their fine form in the Champions League.
It was an important win for so many reasons and one of them were the five players Manchester United missed for the game. Jose Mourinho played in a 3-4-2-1 formation showing once again his adaptability to different situations. Manchester United were in control from the kick-off, though CSKA’s poor performance also helped.
However, now is the time to keep the momentum going. Manchester United have one more match to play before the October international break arrives. Crystal Palace are coming to Old Trafford and the setting is perfect for another home win.
Crystal Palace Before The Break
The depth of this new Mourinho team is much better than it was last year. The team has more stability and that should serve them well against Palace on Saturday afternoon. The London club have been dreadful this season. They did not collect a single point in six matches nor did they score a single goal.
It all looks like an easy job for United but the team is fully aware there are no such things in Premier League. The team looks much more confident this season and that will only help.
“Everyone wants to win, everyone has a winning mentality and that is what we are taking into games now. We have to keep this momentum going”, Ashley Young said after the win in Moscow. A win against Crystal Palace would not only mean continuing great form, but not losing the focus as well.
Losing points against bottom-placed teams happens when the team lacks concentration. Manchester United have, however, showed they are calm and focused until the end of every match.
Great September For Manchester United
September is not quite over yet for Mourinho and his team. The final day of this month will see the team host Roy Hodgson’s side but for the past 29 days this was a great September.
Stoke City was the only team that survived against Man United. In a frantic 2-2 draw at Britannia Stadium, the Devils showed their insecurities. However, it was not necessarily a bad thing. Mourinho had more evidence of what needs to be improved and every match after that was a victorious one.
Southampton troubled Manchester United but it the team’s spirit was a very positive thing from that match. Everton were dispatched in a similar way to West Ham in August and Basel had no chance at Old Trafford before that.
Exciting Times Ahead
Being part of Manchester United now seems much rosier than two or three years ago. After winning two trophies last season the vibe was positive before the season kicked-off. Now that vibe has multiplied several times. This is a strong team. Everyone knows that and the team can breathe confidence from that.
The players want to be part of a winning team. “It is the most successful club in England and, hopefully, we can add to the trophies we won last season”, Young said to the media. That feeling is finally back at Old Trafford for a longer period of time. Excitement around the club is being translated onto the pitch. The football is also exciting.