Manchester United made hard work of an away fixture against bottom of the league Sheffield United.
The Blades did not look like a side with just one point all season, and made us fight for a 3-2 victory.
United now have 10 consecutive away wins, and as per BBC Sport, became one of just four top flight sides to do so.
What makes United’s away run even more impressive is the style in which it has been done.
BBC Sport report United are the first team since Tottenham in 1960 to win 10 consecutive away top flight games – scoring two or more goals in every match.
United can top this record in the next away match at Leicester City on Boxing Day.
This will be a tough game, Leicester are in fourth place, currently just one point above us.
It will be made harder by an away game in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals just three days earlier against Everton, while Leicester will have extra rest time.
The situation is not too dissimilar to the end of season game at Leicester in July.
Brendan Rodgers’ side had a week’s rest while United had a midweek game rescheduled from the FA Cup semi-final. United still came out on top with a 2-0 away win.
Confidence and belief
At the start of the 2019/20 season under Solskjaer, United had questions over the team’s away record.
Instead now it is the home form which needs addressing, first against Leeds this weekend.
Away from home United no longer seem to struggle, and that is partly of course because of a lack of away fans in attendance – just like the empty Old Trafford hurt us at home.
What is encouraging is the confidence the team now have, and the belief there is than setbacks can be rectified.
One of the reasons United have set the record of scoring two or more in 10 away victories is simply because we have had to.
The team has frequently made errors or conceded first and this has led to us having to work harder to fight back and get the three points.
While it is great that the team are capable of doing so and have a strong mentality to match the attacking ability, it would be great if United could manage to win the easy way, instead of putting fans through the wringer in every game.
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