Manchester United put in two dismal performances to start the season, and the first four minutes of the weekend’s match against Nottingham Forest were a new low point.
Fortunately the rest of the game was one-way traffic, with United bouncing back from 2-0 down to go on and win 3-2.
It was a victory full of determination and character, with United’s big names stepping up.
Two Manchester United players praised
Two Manchester United players were selected by BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks in his ‘team of the week’ column.
Crooks picked Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford, with Manchester United one of just two teams he selected two or more players from in his XI.
He praised Fernandes’ ability to step up when his team need him, commenting: “He always looks comfortable in the big moments and that’s what makes him a success at United.”
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He also lauded Rashford’s contribution without scoring, impressed that he could make a telling impact without getting on the scoresheet.
Unconvinced by Manchester United
Crooks made his point strongly that he was not impressed by Manchester United as a team, despite recognising the individual contributions.
It’s actually a point echoed by supporters, who have been left underwhelmed by the start to the season.
He said: “Boss Erik ten Hag can talk all he wants about his team showing character, calmness and composure to get back into this game against Forest, but the truth is United have once again got away with a result. Other teams will not be that generous.”