Manchester United started their Premier League campaign with a bang as they managed to demolish top-four rivals Chelsea with an impressive 4-0 victory.
Although the 4-0 scoreline may have flattered the Red Devils after some rather tense and nervy first-half action, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side appeared to grow with confidence as the game went on and were clinical in front of goal (Sky Sports).
Marcus Rashford may have given them the lead from the penalty spot after a rash tackle by Kurt Zouma, however the hosts certainly turned the game on its head in the second 45 minutes and capitalised on the mistakes the Chelsea defence made.
Anthony Martial managed to steal a yard on Cesar Azpilicueta in the penalty box to double Manchester United’s lead before Rashford beat the Spaniard for pace just 17 seconds later following an excellent through ball pass in the air from Paul Pogba.
Daniel James capped his debut with a beautiful goal into the far corner of Kepa Arrizabalaga’s net via a deflection off of Emerson Palmieri as the Old Trafford outfit enjoyed a brilliant start to the Premier League campaign.
With all eyes on him following his world-record £80m move from Leicester City, Harry Maguire was, perhaps quite rightly, named man of the match by Sky Sports, however his defensive partner also looked the part and appeared to go without the recognition he deserved.
Victor Lindelof, who is valued at £31.5m by Transfermarkt, had struggled in the early parts of his Manchester United career, but that has since become a distant memory for the Swede as he has improved drastically with time – as Sky Sports had noted previously before.
Indeed, he continued to show just how good he is and how important he can be to the Red Devils moving forward.
According to the data collected by WhoScored, Lindelof managed to record one tackle, one interception and three clearances as he helped David de Gea keep a clean sheet and limit what the Spaniard had to do between the sticks.
He was not only very good defensively though, as he was influential with his passing as well. He completed 84.4% of his passes, having made 64 in the game against the Blues.
With Maguire his central partner, an impressive debut by Aaron Wan-Bissaka on the right (six tackles, three interceptions and five clearances) and a solid performance from Luke Shaw on the left (one tackle, interception and clearance), Manchester United certainly look to have improved their defence and could have a tough backline to break down in the future.
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