Manchester United played their first game last night in project restart. An undeserved draw away at Spurs, saw Solskjaer extend his unbeaten run to 12 matches across all competitions.
The Red Devils dominated the match with 61% of the possession, despite going behind in the first half to a Bergwijn goal thirty minutes in. Man United were taking a hold of the game before a drinks break interruppted their flow.
We have to take into consideration these players haven’t played for a few months, as was evident with some of the wasteful chances that could have seen Man United get on the score sheet earlier.
Pogba was introduced alongside Greenwood and changed the game. Pogba’s deft bit of skill past Dier earnt Man United a penalty, which Fernandes converted.
A second penalty claim late on was to be overturned by VAR. However, by that point, United should have been in front.
Here are three things we learnt from the first 90 minutes of the restarted Premier League season…
POGBA & FERNANDES WILL WORK
It was evident that a fledging connection between the Portuguese and Frenchman is bubbling to the surface. Following Pogba’s introduction on the 60th-minute mark, the whole United team came to life. Creativity sparks that have been sorely missed, could be seen a mile away.
Pogba’s skill to earn the penalty, alongside his amazing half volley drilled pass to Rashford – were signs of the Pogba Man United fans have been craving.
These two midfielders, if kept fit and away from injury should be the key to turning Solskjaer’s men into Premier League contenders over the next few seasons.
DAVID DE GEA NEEDS BENCH TIME
Man United’s long-term number one has not been tested by a number two goalkeeper that could take his spot. However good Sergio Romero is, he’s happy to be a cup keeper at Old Trafford.
With the upsurge of Dean Henderson, for the first time in De Gea’s United career, there is competition for his spot.
Last night’s mistake which led to Tottenham’s goal, is just another one on the list in recent times. A spell on the bench may be the thing he needs to regain his focus.
DANIEL JAMES IS NOT THE ANSWER
Daniel James again was largely missing in action last night. Despite his great start to life at Old Trafford, the Welshman has largely been a player just making up the numbers on the pitch.
Solskjaer needs a right-winger to complement Rashford on the left, Daniel James is not it.