Following the midweek setback in Switzerland, Manchester United’s need to ensure a blip didn’t turn into anything more against West Ham was crucial.
This ensured the feel good factor around the club’s impressive start to the new Premier League season remained.
With Liverpool and Chelsea looking impressive and Manchester City capable of putting together a winning run that leaves all before them in their wake, United need to keep focusing on themselves and taking it one game at a time.
The nature of the last-gasp win at the London Stadium will have done wonders for the dressing room’s confidence.
Togetherness within the group was evident at West Ham
The delight in the squads reaction to Jesse Lingard and David de Gea’s heroics was clear to see.
Substitutes Juan Mata, Eric Bailly, Donny van de Beek and Diogo Dalot couldn’t contain themselves at the final whistle, they were charging onto the pitch to celebrate.
There seems to be something very special building between the bond of this group of players and the club’s coaching staff, and that togetherness resonates with the fans.
Lingard and De Gea are two players that futures at Old Trafford have looked uncertain at times, but their teammates and manager’s reaction to their match-winning moments highlighted how highly they are regarded at the club.
It may be early on in the season, but the nature of United’s win at West Ham would have caught the attention of their rivals.
Following Saturday’s clash against Aston Villa, United’s next five Premier League games are against Everton, Leicester, Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester City.
That run of games will be a big test to see where our title challenging credentials lie.
But with Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphael Varane adding their personalities and winning mentality to this group, other teams will be wary of United’s start to the campaign and the belief the club is building.
Victory on Wednesday against the Hammers in the Carabao Cup and another three points versus Villa will mean the momentum lost against Young Boys has been more than regained.
Titles aren’t won in the opening five games of the season, but in recent years United have always found themselves playing catch up after poor starts.
We are in the mix and as Gary Neville said there was something ‘very Manchester United’ about that win at West Ham.
Let’s hope it’s one of many moments throughout the season where we come through the clutch moments that could potentially lead us to winning big trophies.
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