Manchester United are back to their winning ways in the Premier League and in some fashion. More than 10 years ago, this win would have been hailed as the ‘Fergie Time’ victory, as Erik Ten Hag’s side managed to get past Wolverhampton Wanderers in a 4-3 thriller, thanks to a Kobbie Maino goal in the seventh minute of the stoppage time.
After a hectic, seven-goal match, here is what we learned.
Rashford Back In Great Form
Marcus Rashford has had his problems recently, not only in terms of performances, but off-the-pitch antics as well. He missed the Newport County match because of it and now that he was back, the Englishman was motivated to show he is back in form. Just five minutes into the match, he scored with a brilliant finish into the top corner. Rashford was dangerous throughout and this was his fifth match in a row where he produced a goal or an assist. That streak started against Aston Villa at the tail end of 2023 and may he continue doing this well in the coming games, too.
Hojlund Enjoys New Year
Rasmus Hojlund needed just 22 minutes of this match to have a goal and an assist to his name. After setting up Rashford for the opener, the Dane scored himself, showing he is enjoying 2024. After going goalless in the first 14 Premier League appearances, he has now scored in three league matches in a row, including games against Villa and Tottenham. But he also had a goal against Newport County, showing what he also showed at Atalanta last season – his performances greatly improved after the turn of the calendar year. A bit unusual, but no one at United will mind that now.
Devils Keep Making The Same Mistakes
It is incredible how often Man United keep getting rivals back into the matches. A 2-0 lead after 22 minutes and a 3-1 lead after 75 minutes were neither enough for Ten Hag’s team to calmly close out the match. Instead, they conceded two more, almost losing two points in the process. In fact, United’s mistakes keep mounting despite some decent results in recent matches. Ever since that 0-0 draw against Liverpool, United have conceded at least two goals in six of their seven following matches, with the 2-0 win over Wigan being the exception. That is simply not good enough and if United are to keep their wins coming, they will have to rely more on defensive sturdiness rather than individual qualities in attack.
Mainoo Shines To Win The Game
And that individual quality in attack saved United this time, with Kobbie Mainoo scoring deep into the stoppage time to win the game. It was a brilliant move from the teenage midfielder, who breezed past his opponents as if he was on the training pitch, scoring a beautiful, but also hugely important goal. This was yet another match in which Mainoo showed just how important he is already at 18, and how much more there is to come from him. Ten Hag will not be getting him out of the starting lineup any time soon.