A break from action right now benefits some teams. Manchester United are not one of them.
This recent run has seen United go 11 games without defeat, conceding only two goals in the process.
United played with a degree of flexibility during this time, with a back four and a back three, switching seamlessly between the two.
Unusually for such a defensively strong team, United matched this with an increasingly prolific attack.
While the forward players struggled in the first half of the season, lately it hasn’t been an issue at all, since Bruno Fernandes arrived United have scored 22 goals in the last eight games.
Confident and packed with options
United are playing like a team who are beginning to believe in themselves. The players are beginning to express their ability more and the team is packed with options and competition for places in all positions.
In the unlikely event a mini-tournament was held among eight teams to decide the fate of the Premier League or even Champions League places, you would feel pretty confident of United’s chances right now, whoever we are up against.
While the break has potential upside for United if the season were voided and Liverpool are denied the title, it would also end two really good chances of silverware.
United are into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, and as good as in the last eight of the Europa League too.
We would be the team nobody wants to draw based on current form.
Whatever you think about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s long term prospects as United boss, in the here and now he had given Manchester United fans a team to be proud of once again.
There is hope, and a chance of a successful future, whenever the football eventually resumes.
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