Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s perfect record as Manchester United boss continues.
United beat Bournemouth 4-1, and the team have now scored 12 goals in three matches under Solskjaer.
The two downsides were failing to keep a clean sheet again, and Eric Bailly’s needless late red card which means he is now suspended for three games.
There were lots of positives so it has been hard to narrow it down to just three. Yet there are a trio of players in particular who are performing so well, they are head and shoulders above the rest.
Consider Paul Pogba ‘unlocked’. The midfielder is at the heart of everything positive United do and he set the tone by scoring early against Bournemouth.
Pogba scored twice and provided one assist and is in the midst of his best run of form since he signed.
We questioned whether Pogba was really the player United can build the future around.
He appears to have clearly answered us, and the rest of his critics. On this form, the Frenchman looks like the best midfielder in the Premier League,
Step forward United’s new number nine. Marcus Rashford is flourishing as United’s main striker and is a real danger every time he gets the ball.
Rashford is the spark for United’s play in the final third and links so well with Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard.
Romelu Lukaku came off the bench and scored, and that’s healthy, to have competition up front.
Finally it seems a fair fight, with Lukaku no longer an automatic choice and Rashford getting the scraps.
When Jose Mourinho was fired, it was expected that Nemanja Matic’s place in United’s midfield would be no more.
Instead he has risen to the challenge of proving himself all over again, and is playing more freely.
After scoring in United’s win over Huddersfield, Matic was spraying long passes forward effectively against Bournemouth, putting the attackers in dangerous positions.
Right now he is playing better than he did under Mourinho all season.
There will be tougher challenges ahead for Matic defensively, but in the first three games under Solskjaer he has emerged as a winner.