The summer transfer window has just been completed, and it’s been a pretty satisfactory one for Manchester United fans. The Red Devils picked up Raphael Varane to bolster their defence, finally signed winger Jadon Sancho from Dortmund and in one of the most stunning moves of the window, even managed to get the legendary Cristiano Ronaldo back to the club after it appeared that he would be going to rivals City at one point.
United have the look of a side that could challenge for the title, especially after Ronaldo’s acquisition, and they’ve done quite well in the league so far- unbeaten in three fixtures going into the international break.
Interestingly enough, United have already worn each of their three new uniforms for the season (home, away and third) in the league. Here is a quick look at their results so far, and the shirts worn in that game.
Manchester United 5-1 Leeds (home)
The United-Leeds rivalry is a big one, and fans were anticipating a tasty clash for the Red Devils’ first league game of the season at Old Trafford. It however was pretty much one-way traffic, with the hosts thumping Marcelo Bielsa’s side 5-1 in front of a 72,732 crowd to begin their campaign on a strong note.
Southampton 1-1 Man United (third)
The Red Devils’ second game of the season was against Southampton, a side they had thrashed 9-0 not too long ago. However, this ended in a 1-1 draw- Fred scored an own goal, but Mason Greenwood cancelled that out with his own strike five minutes before the hour mark. United, donning their third kit here, weren’t quite able to replicate the attacking flair they had displayed against Leeds, and Saints were good value for their point.
Wolves 0-1 Manchester United (away)
United were in their primary away strip for this clash, and managed a smash and grab win at Molineux thanks to Mason Greenwood’s second half winner. The result was not without controversy- Wolves fans believed that Ruben Neves had been fouled by Paul Pogba in the buildup, but VAR allowed it to stand, and United emerged from the clash with all three points.
The PL (and United by extension) will now take an international break, but for local fans, there are plenty of clubs in the Greater Manchester area that are still in action in the lower divisions. One of them is Trafford FC, who were in action even on Bank Holiday Monday, beating Glossop 1-0. A nice little piece of reading in the holiday period comes in the form of this interview with Trafford FC captain Keil O’Brien, who interestingly, is also a United youth graduate and has previously plied his trade for other local clubs like Bury and Stalybridge Celtic.
United fans would’ve probably liked a defensive midfielder to make it a perfect window, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reckons the likes of Fred, Nemanja Matic and Scott McTominay are capable enough of doing the job. The Norwegian also refused to sanction a move away for Donny van de Beek, indicating that the Dutch midfielder still has a future at Old Trafford despite interest from several other clubs and the 24-year-old’s desire to himself move for more regular first team football.
Ronaldo could make his United bow after the international break when they square off against Newcastle. The forward, for those who remember, scored a hat trick in his last league clash against the Magpies at OT as the hosts ran out 6-0 winners.
The Newcastle clash will be followed by a trip to Switzerland to Young Boys for their UCL opener, followed by what promises to be an intriguing away clash against West Ham- a side that have begun the league superbly (beating Newcastle away and Leicester City) and are managed by former United boss David Moyes.