In their second league game today, Manchester United continued their strong start to the season as they defeated Southampton 2-0. A new-look United has looked extremely impressive thus far, as new manager Jose Mourinho has his eyes set on winning the title.
After an excellent debut last week, new signee Zlatan Ibrahimovic again showed himself to be a player United fans can count on going forward, scoring his second and third goals of the season. Despite being 34 years old, Ibrahimovic has showed no signs of slowing down, adapting extremely quickly to the pace and style of the EPL. After the game, the Man of the Match winner stated “It’s a different game here, you don’t get a lot of chances like I did in France…here the game is tougher.”
Another positive was the debut of Paul Pogba, who returned to his former club a few weeks ago after United secured a transfer from Juventus for a lofty €105 million euros. The Frenchman justified his huge price tag in his first start, constantly sparking offensive chances and controlling the game throughout. Said Pogba afterwards, “The first 20 minutes we started very slowly, but after we started keeping the ball and playing with our quality, creating chances and scoring goals”. The young midfielder will need to remain consistent throughout the season to be considered a success, but he seemed to get off to a terrific start today.
This United team under Mourinho already has the look of a title-challenger, easily dismantling their first two opponents. The last few seasons under David Moyes and later Louis Van Gaal had been a far cry from what Premier League fans grew accustomed to seeing with Sir Alex Ferguson, though it seems the days of a dominant Manchester could be back. Former England striker and pundit Michael Owen liked what he saw from the match, tweeting “It looked good on paper and it looks good on grass too. Pogba class. The Premier League title is heading to the North West this season.”