3 games played, 10 goals scored and no goal conceded. 7 different scorers in 3 games and a favorable UEFA Champion League draw combined with Jose Mourinho always deliver exceptionally in the second season of his managerial career with the only exception with Chelsea in his first term. The team had been molded in Jose Mourinho images with a perfect balance starting from the goalkeeper to the striker and with a great depth of the substitutes bench. Jose Mourinho also had been in usual form when he had a great dig to Arsene Wenger who had a great difficulty with Leicester City when they had met them.
When Lukaku had missed penalties in the first half, it may look like to be a repeat of the last season when United attacked and attacked but either missed chances or goalkeeper perform heroic in the Theatre of Dreams but this season it takes a substitution and a corner to destroy the opponent resilience. In this situation, United left flank with either Rashford or Anthony Martial had been turning apart their opponent with their speed and for their abilities to score a goal from the wide position. Although this team had been molded in the Jose Mourinho images, this type combination in the flank is reminiscent of the Fergie great side the treble winning team of 1998/1999 where Beckham on the right delivers an exceptional cross and a great stamina and Giggs on the left terrorize the defense with the mesmerizing run and dribble skills.
In his managerial career, Jose Mourinho always had a knack to make a right substitution or unconventional tactical changes depending on the game situation. In his first year with Chelsea, he had to make a double substitution in the 10 minutes of the game when things went wrong. The unconventional changes he made when in the UEFA Champion League in 2010 second leg against Barcelona where they had been down by 10 men with Thiago Motta sending off hence had made Christian Chive a left back to play as left midfielder in order to nullify Messi whom played on the right-hand side and also make a substitution of removing his attacking player Wesley Sneijder for a combative and pacey Salley Muntari in the 66th minute and the results had produced a defensive masterclass to stop Barcelona en route to their treble in 2010. From all his managerial career, Jose Mourinho had shown his tactical shrewdness during his time with Inter.
Similarly, in the United, he wants to play in any style depending on the situation. United may play attacking football under him but in truth, since the famous treble winning, Fergie had abandoned the cavalier attacking style and replaced with a cautious approach especially in the European game.
Let’s move to the game, from the look of the things Jose Mourinho is trying to build a team that can defend well and attacks well too. This time also unlike the previous Fergie team whom can player 4-4-2 or 4-3-2-1 these also can play with the 3 at the back system as used by Jose during his preseason game in the United States. Hence, Jose Mourinho is trying to create a perfectly oiled machine that also flexible in any formation and maybe this team will be one of the greatest United team ever alongside Sir Matt Busby team in 1968, Fergie Treble Winner in 1999 and also United team from 2008 whom can be said as one of the tactical astute team under Fergie.
Another good news for Jose Mourinho and United is they had been pitted in a favorable group in the UEFA Champion League groups stages against Benfica, FC Basel, and CSKA Moscow and avoided the big boys. Jose Mourinho had a great record in UEFA Champion League as he never been knocked out in the group stages and in his managerial career, he only had been knocked out from the second group stages 2 times first with Barcelona in 2006 and again with InterMilan in 2009. Apart from that, he had been never knocked out in the UCL in the second knockout stages and his record in the quarter final was excellent as he had never been knocked out in these stages. His record in the UEFA Champion League and UEFA Cup is perfect as he had competed in this stages 4 times and win all of them.
With each game, United performance is getting better and better and combined with his track record in the second season again a great thing can be expected from United this season. The performance against Leicester City was quite different from the last season where this is the type of game where United had failed to capitalize on their dominance and resulting in losing a number point that if converted will make United in the better position that their previous 6th in the league.
Again, they are not tested yet and after international football break they fixture will be tougher with Stoke City away, Everton with the return of Wayne Rooney to Old Trafford, their UCL fixture against FC Basel, and finally the greatest test of all on October 14th against Liverpool at Anfield. With Jurgen Klopp Liverpool also flying high after thrashing Arsenal 4-0 they can provide the greatest test for United in this season. Maybe by these time, United will get their new no 10 in the form of Zlatan Ibrahimovic who had recently signed a new contract with United for 1 year.
With Zlatan as the new no 10 and with the pace of the Rashford or Martial in the flank , Lukaku in the center, Mikhartaryan trickery and intelligence , Matic balance in the middle of the park, and with the ever reliable De Gea in the goal, United looked to be a formidable force again like they were under Fergie and with the recent performance and with 7 different goalscorers in 3 games, thing looks to be great again for United and Jose Mourinho without a doubt had returned the fear factor again in Manchester United and Theatre of Dream is becoming a fortress again.