Manchester United are on a run. A run of good results which has kept them in touching distance of 2 trophies and Champions League football for next season. 9 games unbeaten since January is no ordinary task for a team which had been a symbol of inconsistency.
Since the January defeat to Burnley at Old Trafford, United have signed 2 players, have not lost a game, have kept 7 clean sheets, winning 6 and drawing 3 scoring 23 goals with 12 different goalscorers.
Factors for the turnaround:
January transfer window:
The obvious reason for this small turnaround could very well be the January transfer window. After months of contemplation and rumours, United decided they will sign Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon. Bruno Fernandes’ impact in this run of form is nothing short of phenomenal.
Manchester United made a mistake to not sign the Portuguese in the Summer window. He has been immense.
United hadn’t replaced Lukaku for a long period of time and eyebrows were raised when they decided to look at a short term option. Odion Ighalo, out of nowhere, was signed on deadline day. And since walking through, Odion has been a positive addition, with all his comments and goals too.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad was ripped to shreds after all the injuries to first choice starters. Marcus Rashford was the latest to be added to the treatment table. But, the timely returns of Axel Tuanzebe, Eric Bailly, Scott McTominay has also been crucial for United.
The competition for places in defence increased with the returns of Axel Tuanzebe and Eric Bailly. Luke Shaw’s performances have gone to the next level with Brandon Williams giving a really tough competition.
On the overall, Manchester United might very well be looking like a team which Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would have dreamt of. But, there’s still a very long way to go. The returns of Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford could not come soon enough.