Manchester United are back within three points off the top four after a 2-0 victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
It was a must-win trip to west London for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side and goals from Anthony Martial and Harry Maguire meant they did exactly that.
As Solskjaer embarks on a hectic run of games now, there are plenty of questions for him to answer. We’ve picked out three of them.
Can Bailly stay fit?
Victor Lindelof was ill ahead of the trip to the Bridge which saw Solskjaer throw Eric Bailly back into the fray ten months after his last Premier League match.
In contrast to Phil Jones’ horribly rusty performance in similar – but less testing – circumstances at Sheffield United this season, Bailly was outstanding.
He showed great pace to block a Mateo Kovacic in the second half, won 100 per cent of his aerial duels and it was like he had never been away.
With United playing a back three more and more often now, Bailly could be a real asset alongside Lindelof and Harry Maguire.
That relies on him staying fit, something he hasn’t really been able to do for any length of time since he moved to Old Trafford in 2016. He deserves some luck.
How do United get the very best from Fernandes?
Bruno Fernandes deservedly scooped his second straight man of the match award.
It’s clear he is a level up from United’s other midfield players, owing to his touch, determination and ability to pick a pass.
Now it’s about United making the right runs of him to create space and options for him to pick out.
Fernandes has already been impressing and Solskjaer must get him in the right places to make the most of his ability.
Did United get a touch lucky?
In the glow of a big win like last night’s, it’s easy to get carried away. Without meaning to dim that feel-good momentum, it’s important to ask – did United get lucky last night?
Maguire was on thin ice with an incident involving Michy Batshuayi, which VAR could have deemed a red card on another day.
Speaking of Batshuayi, he missed a host of first half chances which an on-form striker would likely have done far more with.
It was a ponderous first half display – Solskjaer admitted as much himself – but United scored at the perfect time and finished the job in the second period.
It’s important Solskjaer’s squad acknowledge there’s plenty to improve on if they are to build on last night’s win and build a run of momentum in a run which takes in Europa League and FA Cup commitments in the coming weeks.
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