United started the season poorly but with eight games played in all competitions, the Reds are showing some identity and personality under Erik ten Hag.
Ten Hag likes to play a possession-based game and United have been criticised for opting for a more pragmatic approach in the big games this season.
The Dutchman has been wise in treating each game differently and his overarching philosophy will be implemented over a long period of time.
We are already seeing embryos of what Ten Hag wants to do at Old Trafford – Antony’s goal against Arsenal, the opening goal of the game, was the perfect example of that.
Every single United player touched the ball in the build-up to that goal as United recycled the ball perfectly. The first goal against Sheriff was much of the same, with United patiently breaking their opposition down, as seen below.
Antony’s drive inwards is crucial here – that’s the benefit of having a left-footed winger on that side. As United recycle the ball and switch it to the left, they showcase precise one-touch passing before Christian Eriksen finds Sancho.
Still with a whole lot left to do, Sancho feints past one defender before calmly slotting it past the goalkeeper.