Shaw brief high­light at trou­bled Old Traf­ford...

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - By RICHARD FAY

IT has not been a vin­tage start to the sea­son for United as a poor run of form has been ac­com­pa­nied by a string of wor­ry­ing off-field in­ci­dents.

How­ever, among the tur­moil at the club there has still been brief mo­ments of joy in a so-far life­less sea­son. Last week­end’s win against New­cas­tle brought vin­tage mem­o­ries back to the club, while Luke Shaw’s im­pres­sive form has given sup­port­ers rea­son to cheer.

But who have been the win­ners and the losers from the sea­son so far? at Brighton and West Ham, the loyal Red Army re­mained vo­cal through­out, show­ing their sup­port to the club with cho­ruses of ‘Mour­inho’s army.’

It has been a test­ing start to the new cam­paign but the fans have yet again shown why they are the most im­por­tant part of the foot­ball club.

AN­THONY MAR­TIAL REWIND to pre-sea­son and it seemed like Mar­tial’s United ca­reer was com­ing to an end. How­ever, two months into the new sea­son and the French­man has re­paid sup­port­ers’ faith in him.

The charis­matic 22-year-old has done his talk­ing on the pitch and capped a fine run of form with a fe­ro­cious equaliser against New­cas­tle on the week­end.

Mar­tial still has plenty of hard work left to do at Old Traf­ford, but he has al­ready demon­strated he has the char­ac­ter to make it at the club. sup­port who feel he did not per­form well enough in the sum­mer trans­fer mar­ket. United have known for nearly a year they needed a new cen­tral de­fen­sive sign­ing and it was wor­ry­ing Mour­inho wasn’t backed to buy one be­fore dead­line day.

Fred has been a solid sign­ing but it is shock­ing to think United spent £70m on three re­cruits who haven’t es­tab­lished them­selves within the first-team.

PAUL POGBA DE­SPITE some im­pres­sive dis­plays there has yet again been too much drama sur­round­ing the World Cup win­ner.

It seems like a bro­ken-record sug­gest­ing he needs con­sis­tency to be­come a club great, and his no­to­ri­ous mixed-zone ap­pear­ances haven’t done him any favours at the club ei­ther.

The 25-year-old has the power to trans­form United’s for­tunes, but we are still yet to see the best from him two years af­ter his then-world record move.

Luke Shaw’s form has been a rare high­light at Old Traf­ford this sea­son

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