Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has suggested it will be another two months before we can effectively judge the current side at Old Trafford.
United ground out a much needed win against West Ham United, with Wayne Rooney receiving criticism for his foul on Stewart Downing which earned him a straight red card during the game.
Neville has suggested that there’s no consistency in the current Manchester United team, which makes them difficult to judge because their performances are changing at the moment so frequently.
“I don’t think we’ll know about this Manchester United for another two months – It’s a bit Jekyll and Hyde at the moment because the attacking brilliance comes with mistakes,” said Neville on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football.
United’s inconsistent start to the season can be explained through various factors.
Firstly, Louis van Gaal’s team haven’t been helped by injuries to key players.
Jonny Evans is nursing his way back from injury while Chris Smalling and Phil Jones remain out of action, which has forced the boss to draft in defensive reinforcements from the youth team ranks.
That lack of experience understandably leads to mistakes being made in United’s backline and van Gaal simply hasn’t had his first choice backline available for most of the season.
Work that in with the fact the Dutchman has been trying to use a different system at Old Trafford and it’s easy to see why and how players could get confused.
United have reverted to a more familiar flat back four but they started the season with van Gaal trying to implement the 3-5-2 he’s had previous success with.
Players adjusting to different roles and a different formation has led to mistakes being made, which could have been avoided.
Suspensions also haven’t helped.
Tyler Blackett has been a player van Gaal has invested a lot of time in but a red card against Leicester saw him rendered briefly unavailable and the same goes for Wayne Rooney who was sent off in that game against the Hammers.
Neville has a point but all of the ingredients are there for United to have an exciting season.