Much has been said about Manchester United’s start to this season, however last night’s victory away to Juventus suggests that the tables may have finally turned.
A late fightback by the Red Devils now has them on track for progression to the knockout stage, something that appeared to be slipping away just one month ago. Additionally, the pressure seems to finally be easing on manager Jose Mourinho.
The last month has been a good one for United, with the October international break becoming the point at which things seemed to have clicked for them. Last night’s match may also be the defining moment in their season – especially given they face rivals Manchester City this weekend.
The result may give them belief that they can beat whoever they come up against and help them get results like the Manchester United we have known.
Since the October international break, United have defeated Everton and Bournemouth, while managing a 2-2 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League.
The two wins may have not been against the strongest opposition, however prior to the international break, United fell to Brighton, Derby County and West Ham, while only managing a draw against Wolverhampton. The fact that they were able to record wins from these matches shows that they have improved since the first two months of the season.
The victory against Juventus was massive for United, as it cancelled out their home defeat to the Italian giants and has them on the path to progression in the Champions League. They host Young Boys next before travelling to Spain to play Valencia and will be favourites heading into both games.
There is every chance that Manchester United’s form in the past month may only be temporary, however being able to win matches they previously lost, and winning away from home against stronger opposition, will make their fans believe that all hope is not lost.
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