I Expected A Better Start Can Only Get Better Now

So when the fixtures were released and I saw our first 6 fixtures I and I think every other Manchester United supported expected us to have a better return than 8 points out of a possible 18. When I first saw the fixtures even before we signed any of the players we have signed and before our pre-season tour to The United States I thought we couldn’t have picked a better start to the season especially after last seasons opening 6 fixtures. I was even more confident going to the first game of the season after watching all our games in pre-season which felt like we were getting back to playing how Manchester United should beating the likes of Real Madrid and Liverpool with ease.

Coming away from the ground after that first game against Swansea it felt like nothing had changed from the previous season if anything I think it felt worse than any defeat last season because I was expecting more from the team now. It was clear that we need to get some fresh blood into the team and thank god that Van Gaal also realised this. Looking towards the next two away games against Sunderland and Burnley I honestly couldn’t see us getting anything from these two games which is embarrassing to say as a Manchester United fan.

Van Gaal and Giggs vs Swansea
Van Gaal and Giggs vs Swansea

By the time we played Burnley we now had Rojo and Di Maria on board but Rojo still didn’t have his work permit. We still struggled in this game and we were probably lucky to get the draw. So after 3 League games we had 2 points and in all honesty I expected to have at least 7 points if not 9 from our opening 3 games. After this game we made two more signings in Blind and Falcao. Now was the time for us to kick on. So we went into the game against QPR at home feeling like this was a new team, with Rojo, Blind, Di Maria all starting and Falcao coming off the bench. I came away from Old Trafford feeling like I had watched Manchester United play the way they should for the first time in a long time.

So next up was Leicester City away and I expected us to win this game easily especially when we went 3-1 up early in the 2nd half but we completely fell apart and think a lot of the players especially rhe defensive players forgot where they were supposed to be on the pitch and we ended up losing 5-3. So next up we had West Ham at home and again made a flying start but in the end we just about managed to hold onto a 2-1 victory despite Wayne Rooney being sent off with about half an hour still to play.

Rooney Sent Off Against West Ham
Rooney Sent Off Against West Ham

So now we need to start getting victories on a regular basis starting with the next 6 fixtures which on paper look tougher than our first 6.

  • Everton Home
  • West Bromwich Albion Away
  • Chelsea Home
  • Manchester City Away
  • Crystal Palace Home
  • Arsenal

So looking at these fixtures I expect us to take at least 10 points from a possible 18, at the moment im not really expecting us to get anything other than maybe two draws against Chelsea and Manchester City and expect a draw away at Arsenal. I fully expect us to beat Everton, West Brom and Crystal Palace. Hopefully during these next 6 matches we can some of our injured players back and touch wood don’t pick up any further injuries.

So first up on Sunday we have Everton at home and we should be beating them with the attacking players we have, I just hope our defensive players can do there job and we can get a win although I think this will be a close match and hopefully wa can get revenge for them besting us twice last season. We really need to start making Old Trafford a fortress again and we cant have teams coming to Old Trafford looking forward to it and enjoying playing against us at Old Trafford and us as supporters need to be part of this by continuing to support the boys because think we still may have some tough times to come but I trust Van Gaal that it will get better.

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