Manchester United have started the new Premier League campaign in a good fashion. As much as the 1-1 draw away at Wolves threw a shadow on the chance the team had to win it, in the end, four points from the opening two rounds is a good start. Beating Chelsea 4-0 in the opening match was not really something that many Man United fans expected to happen and therefore, it would be a bit cynical to be unhappy with the start of the season so far.
Soon enough, the September international break will arrive and the Devils will disperse around the world, to play for their national teams. Before that, though, there are two more matches to be played and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would this time definitely be unhappy if they do not pick all of the six possible points in those games.
The games will be against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford and then a trip to Southampton. If Man United get all six points, it will be a strong start of 10 points out of possible 12 before the team go on the international break. That would be a nice way to grow the confidence of players before the campaign truly gets on.
First Up – Crystal Palace
The first of the two matches arrives this Saturday and Crystal Palace are a perfect team to play after the draw at the Molineaux. Simply put – Palace have been absolutely dreadful in the first two matches. It is hard to overstate how poor they were, especially in the second match, against Sheffield. They lost 1-0 and captain Luka Milivojevic said after the match that his team could not have played any worse than they did that day.
That would be a great chance for Devils to show how powerful they could become up front, against a team that offers almost nothing in attack, with their striking options being Christian Benteke, Jordan Ayew and Connor Wickham. They do like playing in a deep block, but if they continue being so poor, Man United should not have too many issues overcoming them.
To The South Before The Break
The second match will be played against another team that did not start well. Although Ralpjh Hasenhuttl did improve Southamption after he arrived at the club last season, this team is simply lacking in pure quality. Nathan Redmond is basically their best attacking player and a defensive trio of centre-backs with Jannik Vestergaard, Jan Bednarek and Jack Stephens is not something that makes Saints fans feel calm.
United’s mixture of pace and high pressing could unsettle them, especially as Southampton have been terrible at their St Mary’s for the past 18 months and against the Devils that should continue.
Solskjar and his team need to go match by match, but two wins in these matches do not only seem as truly winnable, but also as a potential catalyst for the future successes. Coming back from an international break with ten points in the pocket, the young and talented squad could (and should) grow in confidence for the next part of the season.