January was a tough month for Manchester United. In the four matches they played, they lost three of them, which included losses to Arsenal and Burnley. Their fortunes would improve in February as Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes would arrive at Old Trafford for his debut against Wolverhampton. While they drew 0-0, they would start to turn losses into wins. They defeated Chelsea, Manchester City and Watford before COVID-19 suspended play.
The three-month suspension of play allowed star midfielder Paul Pogba to recover from an ankle injury. He returned and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer decided to put winger Anthony Martial at the striker position and striker Marcus Rashford at the wing. With these adjustments, Man U has become unstoppable, picking up four straight Premier League wins since the first match back was a 1-1 draw against Tottenham Hotspur. Man U has looked unstoppable, scoring 14 goals in their last four matches as they became the first club in Premier League history to win four straight matches by at least three goals.
The same five players have scored their 15 goals during “Project Restart” in Martial, Rashford, Fernandes, Pogba and young forward Mason Greenwood. This group has been terrorizing defenses with their skill and chemistry. They all can deliver when goals are needed and have scored from many different places. These five players are a machine in their current setup and are the team no one wants to face in the Premier League.
Their most recent win against Aston Villa highlighted this well. Due to a controversial VAR decision, Man U won a penalty, which was easily put away by Fernandes for a 1-0 lead. Then, Greenwood notched his fourth goal since the restart as he smashed in a shot past Villa’s goalkeeper before halftime. Then, Pogba put the match away as he scored on a line drive shot on Fernandes’ corner to give Man U a 3-0 lead in the 58th minute.
Fernandes, Greenwood and Pogba scored with Martial picking up an assist and Rashford getting good chances as well. These five dominated Aston Villa, who dropped to 19th in the table as Bournemouth drew against Tottenham.
They are connecting on brilliant passes and phenomenal shots. It would take a tremendous defensive game plan to slow this freight train down.
Man U is one point behind Leicester City for the final Champions League spot and the two teams will square off before the season’s conclusion. With the way Man U is playing, I can expect them to take care of Leicester and qualify for UCL next season. It is all thanks to their five playmakers who have elevated Man U to a level rarely seen since legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.