VIEW FROM THE STANDS: APPRECIATIVE REDS

(Originally published on manutd.com for Manchester United, August 13, 2017)

Manchester United kicked off their season in style with a 4-0 win over visitors West Ham. We caught up with Reds fans after the game to find out their highlights and who impressed them the most.

Season-ticket holder Jay Fleming welcomed the victorious start to the season and the positivity that enveloped the stadium.

“The atmosphere was fabulous,” he said. “Everybody was over the moon. People were coming out and repeating my thoughts exactly, that I haven’t seen a performance like that for a few years at Old Trafford. It really bodes well for the future.”

Morden, who travelled from Denmark to watch the Reds for the third time, was pleased with United’s hunger for goals.

“It was nice to see that they weren’t satisfied after 2-0. They tried to get the third and fourth, which is always good news and something we’re not used to.”

Paul Harvey echoed Morden’s confidence in a United side unwilling to settle until the final whistle as the Reds secured a record Premier League win under Jose Mourinho.

“It was amazing, a brilliant start to the season. Let’s just keep it going. I’m glad we didn’t take our foot off the pedal and kept on going.”

Mourinho’s summer signings most definitely caused a stir. Belgian Romelu Lukaku was first on the scoresheet, before putting a second past Joe Hart in the 53rd minute. Nemanja Matic also made his Premier League debut for the club, and is already proving a valuable asset in midfield.

Danish fan Morden was impressed with the Serbian. “I think Matic was key in midfield because he does not only protect the defence but brings the ball forward. I also think Marcus Rashford was good on the wing and had a decent assist for Lukaku in the first half.”

A family of Reds who had travelled all the way from Washington DC added: “It was our first match coming over from the US and it was amazing.

“Mourinho has clearly made changes where they were needed. Lukaku was incredible but we knew he was going to come with a roaring start. West Ham are always a good high-to-mid table team; it was a great test for the beginning.”

The Reds will hope to build on the success at Swansea City next Saturday.

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