Manchester United managed to bounce back from their defeat against Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford last month with back to back away victories against Burnley and Watford respectively. The Red Devils are slowly but surely getting back to their best and have already displayed signs of improvement over the past few matches. Jose Mourinho’s men came up against a dangerous Watford side this weekend who had started their season with four league victories in a row.
However, United managed to claim a priceless win at Vicarage Road on Saturday evening though goals from Romelu Lukaku and Chris Smalling despite conceding a late goal to the Hornets. David De Gea also made a few exceptional saves to deny Javi Gracia’s players a point from the game.
Let’s take a look at three lessons Mourinho’s team can learn from their recent success at Hertfordshire.
Lukaku Will Be United’s Top Scorer This Season
Romelu Lukaku is one of the main reasons why United have managed to turn things around and win successive away matches against Burnley and Watford. The Belgian centre-forward scored a brace against the Clarets and followed that up with another goal-scoring display at Vicarage Road this weekend. It seems like Lukaku is playing at his peak level so we can expect even more goals from him in the coming matches as United look to catch up with the rest of their top 4 rivals.
Sanchez And Lingard Are Out Of Form
Both Alexis Sanchez and Jesse Lingard failed to make an impact for the Red Devils in the final third. They were ineffective during the match, and except for a few good runs behind the Watford backline, they looked like players struggling to find confidence up top. Maybe, dropping either one or both of them could be the way to go for Mourinho as he seems to figure out his best starting XI at Old Trafford.
Mourinho Could Have Finally Found His Best Centre-back Pairing
One of the brightest spots in United’s 2-1 win against the Hornets was the performance of their centre-halves during the game. Victor Lindelof was excellent in defence while Chris Smalling scored a great goal from close range which turned out to be the winner. The Man United manager may have finally figured out his ideal defensive pairing and they could flourish playing together at the heart of the Red Devils backline if given more opportunities in Mourinho’s first-team.
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