OPINION: Are United Reconnecting with their Authentic Identity?

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There is no doubt that Manchester United have improved in their play significantly since Mourinho left. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told the players to express themselves and attack, playing liquid football. However, our two opponents were Cardiff and Huddersfield. Time will tell if we can continue like this against the top teams. It has also been clear that he is not afraid to trust youth. James Garner and Angel Gomes have both traveled with the squad for the last two games and Gomes made a short cameo against Huddersfield. Furthermore, Mason Greenwood looks set to make his debut against Reading in the FA Cup. Are Manchester United going back to their roots and reconnecting with their authentic identity?

Here are the opinions of some of our writers...

Barry (@PS_20Times)

In recent years Danny Higginbotham and the rest of the football world have referred to Manchester United as a football club that has lost its identity. Commercial interests aside, different managers with varying footballing beliefs and principles of play have contributed to a Manchester United club functioning with a false capacity. Down the years Manchester United have endeared their following with fast flowing and entertaining football with wingers that have kept us all on the edge of our seats during matches. For far too long, we have been entrenched with football negativity, parking the bus and players being constantly blamed and exposed to the blood sucking media.

It’s only been seven days since Ole has taken charge and after only two matches we have all witnessed a Manchester United team that has been given the licence to play with freedom and expression. This has been evident in our attacking play, the quick counter attacks, offensive full backs and the way we occupy the pitch offensively. Our players are now playing with a real swagger and scoring eight goals in two games shows how things can change in a twinkling of an eye.

Suraj (@MeisterSuraj)

Manchester United have scored 8 goals in 2 games. To put that into perspective, it took us a little over a month to score that much from the start of this season. Manchester United are not a team that are 3 points away from the top 6 or the bottom of the pack. We are the team who, if not title challengers, are the biggest hurdles for title aspirants. So far, with us wanting as many goals as possible, playing with flair, and with a club legend at the helm, I feel like we are a force to be reckoned. This does remind me of Ferguson's United and "the United way" of football. As I have mentioned before, with Spurs away being our first real test, we might not make top 4 and we might not win a lot of games but the style of football will not change because Ole knows what the fans are longing for now. And this return to the vintage United way, is a breath of fresh air.

Arjun (@ArjunHanda1)

I am happy that the squad have got a winning mentality back that they seem to have lost over the last five months and perhaps Ole allowing them to be more attack minded and play free-flowing football has been the difference and that is what United has been all about - playing football the Busby way. Even Angel Gomes coming on in the 80th minute against Huddersfield showed a bit more of the United under Ferguson and I would love to see Mason Greenwood and Taith Chong against Reading in the FA Cup to see how they would fare against first team players. If this is how Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is going to continue with attacking play and getting the likes of Pogba, Martial and Rashford on his side and firing on all cylinders, I can clearly see United ahead of Chelsea and Arsenal and maybe even Spurs if they have a dip in form at the end of the season and win some silverware.


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