Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has delivered his verdict on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side after watching them comfortably sweep aside Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United.
United kicked off their Premier League campaign with a mouthwatering encounter against Leeds and passed all the necessary tests as they prepare to challenge Manchester City to become champions.
A first hat-trick for the club from Bruno Fernandes and goals from Mason Greenwood and Fred ensured a winning start for the team in an all-around convincing display.
Scholes has remained cautiously optimistic about United’s title chances but has admitted that the performance against Leeds was hard not to get excited by.
“United teams over the last six or seven years, it’s not always been as exciting as what we’ve seen now.
“When Liverpool won the league for the first time, when City won the league for the first time, you felt them coming in the year or two before, you felt they were ready to win the league. I didn’t really get that impression last year. I wonder whether this is the year that ‘they’re coming’ and it’ll be next year they win the league. I don’t know.
“It’s hard to say, it’s the first game of the season, but you can be nothing but excited by what we’ve seen today, and what’s to come from the rest of the squad.”
Following a third-place finish and a second-place finish in Solskjaer’s first two campaigns in charge, there are now added expectations and a title challenge is seen as a minimum by many.
Either way, the Norwegian boss couldn’t have asked for a much better start. United are back in action next week when they make the trip to Southampton.