Manchester United’s best Premier League opening day performances

Now that the opening day of the Premier League finally here, a new look Manchester United squad looks ready to face the competition. After finishing sixth in the Premier League last season, The Red Devils qualified for the highly regarded Champions League by winning the Europa League. Jose Mourinho has added a few pieces to the squad, but the spine sill remains. Set to open against West Ham, Manchester United will look to hit the ground running and fulfill all the pre season hype. Lets take a look back at three recent opening day fixtures in which United looked the part and won the match:

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Manchester United 3-0 Newcastle United – 2010/11

Manchester started the 2010 campaign on a Monday as opposed to the traditional weekend start. Pundits and fans alike argue this might start the Red Devils off the wrong way, but it actually was the contrary. Shortly after the half hour mark, United took the lead through a Dimitar Berbatov goal. The goal was assisted by the legendary midfielder, Paul Scholes. After this leading goal, United kept the intensity up. After Nani whipped a curler into the box, Patrice Evra took a slash at it and sent the ball off Wayne Rooney before eventually being put home by Darren Fletcher. The final goal in the game was a beauty. Coming on as a sub, Manchester United icon Ryan Giggs put home a worldly volley. Paul Scholes sent a long ball to the opposite side of the box, in which Giggs volleyed home into the opposite side of the goal. It was executed perfectly and instilled the class of Manchester United.

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Manchester United 4-1 Swansea City – 2013/14

This was the first opening day in nearly three decades that Manchester United opened a football season without Sir Alex Ferguson on the pitch. The legendary manager had hung up his career the year before after winning everything under the sun at Old Trafford. He turned Manchester United into the global powerhouse that we are today. Sir Alex Ferguson chose David Moyes from Everton as his successor. Inheriting a largely unchanged squad from Sir Alex, it seemed as if Moyes was destined to bring Manchester United trophies. Publicly criticizing the Red Devils fixture in the opening month of the season, Moyes was eager to get his team playing. His first test: Swansea City. Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck went back and forth, scoring two goals each. Wayne Rooney, coming on off the bench, added his foot in two of the goals. Manchester United won 4-1 and looked certain to take the league by storm.

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Manchester United 3-1 Bournemouth – 2016/17

The newly looked Manchester United were eager to start last season. Gone was the emetic Louis van Gaal, replaced by brooding Jose Mourinho, eager to claim his place in history. The squad was littered with global superstars in Paul Pogba and the ageless Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Many questioned if Rooney and Ibrahimovic could coexist, or if Paul Pogba could be efficient in the English Premier League. Starting all three, Mourinho played to the fans. United looked the part from the starting whistle. Rooney and Ibrahimovic linked up great, while Pogba bustled box to box. The real star was newcomer Eric Bailly whom solidified a shaky defensive line. A high pressing Juan Mata opened the scoring shortly before the half. Wayne Rooney headed in a goal on an assist from Anthony Martial before the new ageless wonder, Ibrahimovic, finished Bournemouth off with a right footed shot (also assisted by Anthony Martial). Manchester United dominated and this was one of the most aggressive opening day victories in recent memory.

Written by Jordan Bullock


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