Up there with the best and worst of our heroic defeats
Manchester United might not win a trophy this season, but they already seem a better side than the one that lifted two pieces of silverware in 2017 only to finish sixth in the Premier League table. Such a more convincing side when they are attack-minded as they were at the start of this match, they can now go into this weekend’s Manchester derby with an outside hope of maintaining a title race challenge. While they do not seem to be in the class of City, who are better this season — as they should be, having spent so much last summer — United should not be brushed aside as they were in the corresponding fixture last season. So, if they do ‘only’ finish runners-up and do not win one of the three cup competitions they have entered will it be a successful season? Maybe not, but they seem to be on the up and, in any other season, might already be top of the league.