Man U showed that this team has a shot a being very good. The Red Devils put this puppy away in the second half with two goals winning 2-0 over Leicester City.
The Telegraphs Luke Edwards wrote:” It is always worth remembering that if August proves to be your best month of the season, it is safe to assume it will have been a disappointing one by the time May arrives, but Manchester United could not have done any more than this.
Early days, perhaps, but heady ones all the same for Jose Mourinho’s side, who made it three wins out of three and who go into the international break sitting top of the table, looking down on all the other title contenders. Ten goals scored, none conceded, United have looked the best team in England up to this point.
This was not as eye-catching as the crushing victories over West Ham and Swansea, but that arguably makes it more significant. This was an important box to tick given their recent failings. Beating resolute, well organised teams with a limited game plan had proved too much, far too often last term.
Leicester made them work incredibly hard, defending superbly and when Kasper Schmeichel saved Romelu Lukaku’s penalty in the second half, it threatened to turn into another one of those exasperating days that sucked the life out of United’s Premier League challenge last season.
Yet, while Lukaku had a game he will want to forget quickly, Mourinho was able to send on Marcus Rashford as a substitute. Having won a corner, linking up well with Paul Pogba, the young England international was then in the right place to volley it in.
Relief and joy engulfed Old Trafford. Leicester’s spirits were broken and another substitute, Marouane Fellaini, added a second, deflecting in Jesse Lingard’s cross with his hip.
It brought a difficult game to a successful conclusion, although it is worth pointing out that United also won their opening three games last term, yet still contrived to finish well off the title pace in sixth place. This is a good start, but that is all it is.
“This is about the motivation of the team,” said Mourinho. “I’m really happy, not for me, but for the players. We had games like this last season which we didn’t win, but we didn’t play many matches last season with the same level of control as we had today.
“Leicester were very dangerous against Arsenal, I watched the game three times and they were. Were they dangerous against us? No.
“We kept playing, we kept creating, we kept getting corners. We are playing well but I’m not getting carried away, it’s just three games.”
United began with a brilliant attack, slicing through Leicester’s backline with sharp, precise passing, the ball eventually making its way to the feet of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, but his shot was well blocked by Harry Maguire.
It looked ominous for Leicester. Lukaku should have been on his toes to capitalise on a missed clearance, but he at least kept the danger alive and when Schmeichel could not hold on to his shot on the turn, Juan Mata tucked in the rebound only for an offside flag to be raised – a tight, but probably correct decision.
United had their foot on Leicester’s throats, Pogba almost steering a deep cross from Anthony Martial into the far corner, before Schmeichel was at full stretch to tip away a clever curling effort from Mata. Leicester were gasping for air and the game was not even half an hour old.
United continued to pepper the Leicester goal, but Schmeichel did not have too many saves to make. It was starting to become a concern. That is why they spent £75 m on Lukaku. United’s new No 9, though, was quiet, well-marked by Maguire and his centre-back colleague Wes Morgan.
Nevertheless, he was supposed to make a difference against packed defences like this, but his movement can be predictable, and when he did have chances in the second half, he did not take them.
Leicester finally made a mistake, Danny Simpson sticking out an arm to block a cross inside the area. Lukaku would not get a better chance to break the deadlock, but Schmeichel read which way he would put the penalty and made an excellent save.
Mourinho remained calm and sent on fresh legs, Rashford and Fellaini both making a difference as Leicester faded. “It was not an intelligent substitution, they are just good players,” added Mourinho modestly.
“We knew we would have to frustrate coming here and for large parts of the game we did that really well,” said Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare. “But we knew they would have a moment and they took it.