By Mark Weasley
Manchester United laid another marker as to our intentions in winning the Premier League title with a 4-0 humiliation of Swansea City away at the Liberty Stadium. The win means the Red Devils sit atop the league table with 6 maximum points, but the manner of the victory over Paul Clement’s side will worry out rivals. Goals from Lukaku, Paul Pogba, Eric Bailly ensured we won the game, with Jose Mourinho looking calm and not thinking too far ahead of what lies in the coming months.
Jose played the 4-2-3-1 with Pogba partnering midfield destroyer, Nemanja Matic in the middle of the park, which culminated in our second 4-0 win, and which keeps Ander Herrera out of the first team for now at least. We take a look at what we learnt from the early kickoff on Saturday.
Mkhitaryan is the man
Henrikh Mkhitaryan stole the show yet again with an accomplished performance in Wales to emerge as top assist maker. He registered two assists against Swansea to take his tally to four already this season. The 28-year-old Armenian struggled for form early last year after signing from Borussia Dortmund, but an upturn in form and confidence saw him become a key member of the first team, and he has started this season in blistering form already. He has been deployed in a central role in the 4-2-3-1 formation, which has become his main strength, creating goals for his teammates with his exceptional vision and creativity.
Herrera may not get a game
Jose Mourinho and Manchester United have fought hard to keep Spaniard, Ander Herrera at Old Trafford following interest from Barcelona, but it seems the former Athletic Bilbao man has a fight in his hands to force himself back into the thoughts of manager, Mourinho. The partnership of Pogba and Matic has liberated the Frenchman, which has in then gotten the best out of Mkhitaryan.
Jose has employed a 4-3-3 and unless any of Pogba or Matic gets injured, then Herrera will get his chance. He looked out of sorts in the European Super cup match against Real Madrid, and will have to fight for his place.