The United Resurgence: The Keane Story
It was a good month again for Man Utd with 4 wins, 1 draw and 1 defeat. It looks like Keane is started to find his starting 11 but he seems to be torn with the defence, Maguire has switched off twice this month and it wont make Keane happy.
Redmond and Son appear to be creating a good partnership and Martial is in the top 5 of the league's scoring. A blip in the Champions League but Olympiakos are doing the business in the Greek Super league and Champions League. Martial has netted a hat trick this month too.
Man Utd 4-0 Arsenal
Martial (30, 50, 59)
We just carried on where we left September off in November, I would say that apart from Wan-Bisaka (not Bin- Wisaka like I called him since the start of this story) this is United's strongest line up (in this formation). It took United just 20 minutes to be 2-0 with a Redmond top corner special in the 6th minute and what can only be described as a goalmouth scramble that Martial scored his first from.
Hattrick Hero Martial
The second half was just as impressive from the counter attacking United side and despite Arsenal having 14 corners, United were relatively comfortable at the back. Martial then scored a header before neatly finishing from the edge of the box to make it 4-0 and a comfortable win
Man Utd 4-0 Everton
Son Heung-Min (19)
Cavani (72, 81)
The Everton game was a game for Van de Beek and Rashford to have a rest, Son moved wings and Greenwood came in as well as Samassekou with McTominay moving into the central midfield role. Everton start the better for 15 minutes but United contained them and once the countered a Everton corner, Son and Martial linked up well for Son to open the scoring.
Cavani came on at half time along with Van de Beek and it was a dull second half until Everton threw the kitchen sink at United, leaving huge gaps in midfield and with Van de beek on, he, Son, Redmon and Cavani exploited this for United to add 3 more goals int he last 18 minutes for a convincing victory and what a couple of signings Son and Redmond are looking.
Crystal Palace 2-2 Man Utd
Son Heung-Min (47)
It is becoming an emerging pattern now, Son and Redmond scoring but they were both at it again against Crystal Palace. Quite how Palace got two goals is beyond me but they did. This match saw Charlie McCann and Dilon Hoogewerf make there debuts. The game was end to end but it was a very stop start game with both Palace and United committing too many fouls. Son got the ball rolling in the 47th minute with a counter attacking goal.
Batshuyi latched onto a Zaha through ball to make it 1-1. There was then a very boring part of the game until Redmond thought he had won it for United with a goal from just inside the area. But United's defence switched off and in the 90th minute Zaha secured a share of the spoils but United remained without a defeat in the Premier League.
Fulham 1-2 Man Utd
Rashford (18, 69)
OMG! what a dire game this was, I could have fell asleep watching this and how there were 3 goals in utterly beyond me. Rashford was the exception to the rule though, when he got the ball it looked like he wanted to do something with it and the two goals he scored were both headed goal and both delivered by Son.
Man Utd 3-0 Basaksehir
Greenwood 66, 86)
Son Heung-Min (90+4)
The highly rated young Turkish side cam to Old Trafford but United were in excellent form going into this! Cavani had scored two goals off the bench last time out against Everton which earnt him a starting slot, Martial dropped to left wing back as Rashford picked up a knock in training, Keane opted for Wan-Bisaka in central defence with Sule and Danayer, Maguire was rested all together.
It was a one sided game but the Turks defended immensely in the first half with Cavani, hitting the post, Van de beek forcing a great save and Sule heading just over. In the second half, Greenwood came on for Cavani and Martial went upfront. Greenwood hit one in from close range and this seemed to demoralise BFK. Greenwood added a second header before a typical United breakaway in injury time saw Son score a third and United had a perfect start to the Champions League campaign, elsewhere Olympiakos destroyed Sevilla 2-0.
Olympiakos 3-2 Man Utd
Olympiakos, undefeated in the Greek Superleague and in all competitions entertained United in Greece and this was a potential banana skin for United who named there strongest team apart from McTominay and Fernandes were injured so Samassakou and Fred came in.
Olympiakos started excellently and Maguire fell asleep as Mattieau Valbuena drove in from the angle to make it 1-0. It was quickly 1-1 though after good work from Rashford played a 1-2 with Martial to equalise and it got better half an hour later and Redmond scored from about 16 yards and it was out of nothing.
The thing with this Olympiakos side this season is that there not giving up. United were 3-2 down within 9 minutes! Valbuena, who was on course for player of the match put in a corner for Bruma to head home and the home fans went completely mental! Then just after half time, yet again Maguire was asleep and Papiss Cisse chipped Henderson to make it 3-2! United peppered the goal of Olympiakos after that but to no avail and inflicted Roy Keanes first defeat, for the Greek Champions they remain unbeaten in all competitions.
Champions League Table
Olympiakos are top with United in second. I expected Sevilla to be doing better than they are but theres still a long way to go.
Due to face Leeds on 22/12/2020
Not drawn yet
Premier League Table
So United are top but Liverpool have a game in hand over them, Chelsea are still up there too but it is early in the season. Only 4 teams without a defeat in the Premier League (United, Liverpool, Chelsea and City). Burnley are 6th with West Brom, Crystal Palace and Fulham prop up the table.
Premier League Stats
So Salah has the most goals so far, Lacazette (ARS), Wilson (NEW) are both close behind and Martial has 6 goals.
Salah has the most shots, most key passes and most player of the match awards. United's Scott McTominay has the most tackles won this season so far.
I think we have gave ourselves a great chance of a good season. I know I said we should be able to challenge for the Premier League Title but I wasn't expecting to be top. I am glad we are ahead of Liverpool and City. We still have a long way to go and have been lucky with injuries.
Rashford, Redmond, Son and Martial are combining to form a great playing relationship. Bruno and Donny are doing great also. I am unhappy with Maguire's form and this will be dealt with. We had a little hiccup in the Champions League but we are still doing fine.
Keane's Player Of The Month
I was going to say Son Heung-Min but I have to give it to Redmond. Four goals this month, 2 assists is an amazing return for the guy that had many eyebrows raised when he signed for United but he has justified his arrival at the moment and is fully deserving of the player of the month.
Gareth Southgate has been visiting Old Trafford a fair bit this season and I think Redmond could receive a England call up to add to his 1 cap in 2016, That is amazing he's only had one cap.
Next Month's Fixtures
Sevilla Away CL
Wolves Home PL
Arsenal Away PL
Sevilla Home CL
Leeds Home PL