That was more like it. A 6-0 win over Tranmere has put a bit of pride back into Manchester United.
The manner of the FA Cup fourth round victory was badly needed ahead of a pivotal week.
With the transfer window entering it’s final few days and a cup semi-final, the outlook at Old Trafford could look very different by the end of the week.
Poor results and a lack of transfer activity this month has meant there has been a lot of negativity, understandably so.
It’s time to set some of that aside for now, and have a bit of Monday morning positivity.
Here are three reasons to be unreasonably optimistic about the week ahead.
Have faith deals will get done
This transfer window has been a mess, but it’s not over. And surely the board can’t be that negligent to let the week pass without any deals getting done.
If there is one thing we have learned from the summer is that United are slow, but get the player they want eventually.
Negotiations for Aaron Wan-Bissaka took over a month, and it took United three months of indecision to meet Harry Maguire’s asking price. But ultimately the club got both done.
Bruno Fernandes is the player United have been negotiating for all month, and at some stage this week, the club will probably take the decision to stop playing hardball and get the player. The Mail report talks are ongoing.
A striker is needed too, and we believe the club will manage to get an extra body in before Friday’s deadline, although it is unclear who the current top target is.
Back an upset at The Etihad
3-1 down heading into the away leg, could it be PSG all over again?
Realistically, probably not, but United have to believe it is possible or there is no point. And the fact remains, we have done it before.
This is why the weekend victory over Tranmere was so important, to get the buzz back into the dressing room and get the players believing in themselves again.
We are missing key players due to injuries and City will take the match seriously. Still, a win at the Etihad last month also provides a bit of hope.
There isn’t any real logic to suggest United will beat City, overturn the lead, and reach the Carabao Cup final, but let’s be positive until the opportunity is gone.
This week could go badly, so that’s why the recent pressure growing on the board is great to see.
If United are embarrassed by City and no signings come to fruition, then talk of a fan walkout in the home game versus Wolves next weekend could become reality.
The way supporters have found a voice in recent weeks against Ed Woodward and the Glazers has brought national attention.
The only positive to hold onto in the event that the club make no signings, is that the home match against Wolves has the potential to become a turning point for protests and fan anger to ramp up.
Even just the threat of this might spur the board into late action.
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