Coach ten Hag got things going at Old Trafford. After the slow start of the season, the Devils look like a team after a long time. It seems he was the man who completely used the break in Premier League football due to World Cup in Qatar. While the rest of the world was cheering Messi on, he was in his office working. He parted ways with the biggest star in the team, Cristiano Ronaldo. He implemented some new ideas and made an excellent winning streak. And then a game with Crystal Palace came.
Games Before the World Cup Break
Before the World Cup started, United won two games against Aston Villa and Fulham. And those were hard-fought victories that benefited ten Hag’s team as they built the character of the young squad. Against Aston Villa, they were losing but they didn’t surrender. 20 minutes into the second half they were struggling, but then Rashford, Fernandes, and McTominay overturned the game. Fulham’s game was a game of nerves. Ex-united player, Daniel James tied the game but super-sub Garnacho clinched a victory in the stoppage time.
Victories After the Break
The Devils restarted the season with a game in EFL Cup against Burnley. And they won that game routinely. From there on, many people started to bet on them on Betting.co.uk. One after another, they beat Nottingham, Wolves, Bournemouth, Everton, Charlton, and fierce rivals Manchester City. Those games were in various competitions such as EFL Cup, Premier League, and FA Cup. While the majority of teams are with a much lower reputation than United, the game against Pep’s squad was spectacular. The City was the favorite for that match and even scored the first goal in the match. But then a cheeky move by Rashford for Bruno and his goal after that ensured that the red part of the town celebrated.
Rashfords Great Form
After CR7 and United parted ways, there were many speculations about who will fill the shoes of one of the best players in the world. There were even some rumors that Benfica’s striker Goncalo Ramos will be the one that is responsible for goals. But what they didn’t know is they had the solution at Old Trafford already. Rashford used the space that was created after the debacle with Ronaldo to his advantage. In the seven games since the Premier League restarted, he grabbed amazing eight goals of which many were directly responsible for the victories his team achieved. He established himself as the most influential player on the team.
Game Against Crystal Palace
And then, after the great victory against City, in a match that should have been played long ago in round 7, a shock for the fans. Everyone expected that ten Hag’s boys will reduce the gap between them and league leaders Arsenal. They were perhaps a little overconfident about that. It was a debut match for the new striker Wout Weghorst, but he will try to forget it. The first half was excellent for Manchester, as they picked up a lead before the break. But then they allowed Palace to come back into the game, and dominate the game. They had more goal attempts, and a free kick in the stoppage time ruined their evening. Michael Olise took the free kick and spectacularly scored an equalizer.
Before the free kick late in the game, goalkeeper De Gea saved his team after great attempts by Odsonne Edouard and Marc Guehi. But there was nothing he could do when Olise fired his shot. In the end, 1-1 at Selhurst Park in a match they should extend their winning streak to 10, something they hadn’t achieved since 2009. Four days later they lost against Arsenal and reduced their chances for the title.