All eyes were on whether Manchester United could reproduce the same brilliance seen against West Ham United at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday and Jose Mourinho‘s men didn’t disappoint.
They needed to show greater amounts of resolve against a disciplined, tightly packed side, and battled hard to head into the half-time break 1-0 up.
And then game the champagne football with ten minutes left as Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial brought Swansea to their knees with an exhibition of ruthless attacking football, handing the visitors a 4-0 win.
With Saturday’s demolition in mind, here are three players Mourinho must start against Leicester City on Saturday.
The Frenchman has only played 25 minutes so far this season and has already matched Jesse Lingard‘s total for goals and assists in the Premier League from last season. He was a simply effervescent force against Swansea, menacingly tearing across the surface as a tiring Swansea desperately attempted to hang on to his coattails.
Mourinho shouldn’t think twice about giving him a chance to inflict damage from the start against Craig Shakespeare’s side.
Supporters would have been delighted to see Pogba, with Nemanja Matic dictating proceedings further back, surging forward at will against a tiring Swansea defence. He struggled to find gaps early on but his technical brilliance eventually prevailed, and by the end he was United’s chief executioner, scoring their third and setting up their fourth.
The Frenchman will be the first name on the team sheet on Saturday – and indeed every week if he continues in the same vein.
Three games, four goals. The Belgian was brought to Old Trafford for one thing and he hasn’t disappointed so far. That invaluable capacity for ripping lesser teams apart – something Mourinho sorely missed last season – has already reproduced itself at Old Trafford and he’ll be chomping at the bit on Saturday.