2019/20 has not gone as well as Manchester United would like so far. Note the last two words there. It could get better.
It may get worse too, but this is an article designed to focus on the positives. Yes we have been able to find some.
Amid the multitude of poor displays culminating in just two wins from eight Premier League games, we have picked out United’s best three players this season to date.
Right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka is bringing around a culture change to United’s defence. He has been badly missed over the past fortnight when he has been unavailable.
The right-back looks worth the big fee spent to sign him this summer, and he is a key reason why United have conceded only eight goals in eight games this season.
His form led to a call into the England squad for the first time last month and he can’t return from injury soon enough.
Wan-Bissaka also leads the Premier League in tackling, averaging 5.2 per game.
The second summer signing to feature on this list, James has outperformed expectations for Manchester United early on.
He has three goals this season so far and looks like he is a tremendous bargain. Teams are doubling up on him to make his task harder, and there has been a dip in form over the past month.
Even so, his early contribution overall has been very encouraging and it looks like United bought well.
At just 21-years-old, James can be a big part of United’s future and he has been one of the few bright spots this season.
After a slow start in United’s opening games, Scott McTominay has begun to step up and find the form he showed at the end of last season.
He was outstanding in the victory at Old Trafford over Leicester City and his goal against Arsenal was superb.
United have just named him as September player of the month, and McTominay will surely improve further when Paul Pogba returns from injury.
The plaudits are deserved. He is one of the few players emerging with his reputation enhanced from the past few weeks.
Honourable mentions: Axel Tuanzebe, Harry Maguire, Mason Greenwood, and Paul Pogba.
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