The United Resurgence: The Keane Story
What A Start: September Update
an absolute blinding start from Manchester United this month, five games, five victories and in the Premier League just the one goal conceded. Keane's controversial 3-3-3-1 formation has for now worked. There has been a slight tweak to it though with Aaron Bin-Wasaka playing in central defence but as yet no appearance for Alex Telles.
It has been a good start and with the club progressing to the fifth round of the Carabao Cup aswell, for now it has been a great start. Redmond and Son have both looked good, Redmond has started every game so far under Roy Keanes management.
Wolves 1 - 2 Man Utd
Martial (22, 42)
This was the first competitive match with a Keane formation and it went really well! Redmond and Son linked up extremely well and Martial cutting inside all the time cause Wolves no end of issues so when he opened the scoring on 22 minutes it was not a surprise. Rashford was pulling the defenders all over the place which allowed Martial to pick up a Redmond through ball and made it 1-0, Martial then scored again 20 minutes later cutting inside to a Van de Beek early cross to emphatically head home for 2-0.
Despite Boly getting a goal back, Henderson had the game covered with Maguire and McTominay standing out at the back.
Man Utd 3 - 0 Fulham
So second game in and Keane rested players, Rashford dropped back to attacking midfield, Cavani came in for his debut and Danayer dropped to the bench for Baily. Van de Beek was also rested for Fred.
This however was the game that Keane new Fernandes was going to be near on un-droppable. Fulham were absolutely useless and I mean utter junk. McTominay spend more time in the Fulham half than his own half. Son delivered the cross for Cavani to score on his debut and after that it was the story of wasted opportunities for United. Rashford missed a couple, Cavani could have had a hattrick and it was one of them that you expected Fulham to break and score a goal they did not deserve.
In the second half Greenwood, James and de Beek were introduced. It was a James ball through to Fernandes that gave United the space they deserved as he drilled it home. Fulham then appeared to just give up and when James hit a delightful 20 yarder in the 80th minute, it was all over.
Leeds 0 - 4 Man Utd
Van de Beek (13)
Fernandes (pen 19, 32)
The Leeds match again saw a few changes with Cavani dropping back to the bench for Rashford to go upfront and Martial back on the left of the attacking four with Redmond and Son. The big change was Aaron Bin-Wasaka to come into the defensive three. Henderson was attempting to carry on from an incredible start for United this season. Denayer and Bailly were only on the bench.
It took United 43 seconds to go 1-0 up after a long diagonal ball over the top for Martial to hit home. 12 minutes later and Van de Beek fired home from the edge of the area to make it 2-0 and Leeds were shell shocked! It got a lot worse for them too as in the 19th minute VAR spotted a foul on Rashford and after the referee looked at the monitor a penalty was awarded which obviously Fernandes slotted home. and just after half an hour it was 4-0 as Fernandes smashed home a free kick.
Leeds fought after that but Man Utd had them sussed out and they hardly got a sniff to make it 4 wins out of 4 for Keane and his United men
Man Utd 1 - 0 Burnley 3rd Round
This match, although it will be known as the game Redmond scored his first goal for the club will be that much special for Charlie McCann, who at 19 years old was given his competitive debut and gave a good account of himself. Keane spoke very highly of McCann after the game. He was excellent today and this is why he is now training with the first team. He set Redmond up for the goal with an excellent early cross and should be very proud of himself.
Liverpool 3 - 3p Man Utd
Fernandes (pen 14)
There was no experimenting by Keane it this match apart from the fact Greenwood started with Son dropping to the bench. Liverpool did experiment though and United nearly lost this match. Fernandes and Martial put United 2-0 very quickly but Liverpool fought back to equalise and in the second half they went ahead which is something that Manchester United had not experienced this season but after Liverpool rather stupidly gave away a free kick, Fernandes floated it in for Rashford to head home and we went to penalties.
Henderson, who again had a fine game saved two pens as United progressed through to the fifth round.
So although it is early days, United are top and have scored the most goals in the first three games but have only conceded 1 goal (against Wolves), Chelsea and Burnley 6 sides to not have lost a game yet (Liverpool, Man City and Everton are the other three sides).
West Ham, Wolves and West Brom are bottom of the league on 1 point.
I am extremely happy with the start that we have made. Our new signings have settled in well and there are a couple of matches where we have looked amazing! The first half against Leeds and the match against Wolves are for me the stand out matches this month. I think Son, Redmond and Martial are creating a good understanding and long may that continue.
Keane's Player Of The Month
Dean Henderson had a big role to fill after being declared as the United number 1 and he has not disappointed this month as he has only conceded one goal in the Premier League and was player of the match against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup despite conceding 3 goals!
Next Month's Fixtures
Home vs Arsenal
Home vs Everton
Away vs Palace
Away vs Fulham
Thanks dude I am having fun on FM again which is first time in a few years