Are United finally showing signs of a resurgence under Jose Mourinho? The manner of Wednesday's win would suggest so.
Well, that was more like it. Just four days after Darren Randolph’s heroics left Manchester United frustrated, Zlatan Ibrahimovic goalless and Jose Mourinho typically dismayed, The Red Devils turned on the style in an all-too-rare display of speed, precision and, most importantly of all, clinical finishing.
West Ham certainly had their chances in Wednesday’s 4-1 EFL Cup defeat at Old Trafford, with former United youngster Ashley Fletcher taking one himself, but the manner and the size of the scoreline certainly didn’t flatter a United side enjoying their most complete attacking performance of the season.
Anthony Martial was back among the goals with two, Zlatan Ibrahimovic looked sharp, clever, and clinical, Wayne Rooney offered more hope of a renaissance, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan was simply superb, the undoubted, and official, Man of the Match.
The aforementioned quartet swapped positions relentlessly, combining to create chance after chance as United finally showed signs of fluidity under Mourinho’s leadership. The frustrating home draw to The Hammers aside, the home side produced have now produced their two most exciting displays under Mourinho within just a week. After all, they weren’t half bad when sweeping aside Feyenoord at Old Trafford a week ago.
It’s no wonder, then, that the United players seem to be in good spirits.
Good old cup tie. Well played boys. Next round, job done pic.twitter.com/H0gP8ponTV— Michael Carrick (@carras16) November 30, 2016