The moment of truth. After a summer of speculation, the first team starters lined up on the historic Old Trafford pitch to kick off a new Premier League campaign. And the Red Devils didn’t disappoint, sealing an opening-day victory on Paul Pogba’s penalty and Luke Shaw’s first senior goal. Manchester United chalks up three points and a good start.
After a sensational summer of 2018 FIFA World Cup action, which saw United’s star midfielder, Pogba, raise the solid-gold trophy with his French countrymen, we we’re excited to get the season underway. So keen, in fact, that we held a contest to give away a 2018/19 home jersey to 100 lucky fans.
"Honestly I can’t describe it, in front of the Stretford End, it’s the best feeling I’ve had."Luke Shaw
Pogba is certainly the type of player to get fired up about. His goal in the World Cup final against Croatia made Manchester United history: he’s the first United player to score in the tournament’s ultimate match. Pogba also became the third United player to win a World Cup, joining Bobby Charlton and Nobby Stiles who won with England in 1966.
United’s No. 6 quickly picked up where he left off in Russia, scoring the season’s very first goal and United’s fastest goal ever in the Premiere League. The penalty shot at just two minutes in was a surgical strike to the upper right-hand corner. Pogba was equally effective on the other end as well, being in the right place to head clear two dangerous Leicester free-kicks.
Fred, the team’s biggest summer signing, made his competitive Red Devils debut, showing off his array of passes and covering the most distance out of any United player in the first half. His performance proves he’s the real deal for United, getting right into the pace and displaying vision and imagination. Looks like Fred the Red is no longer the team’s mascot but instead a key player in the 2018/19 campaign.
Luke Shaw’s game-changing winner with eight minutes to go was a dazzling display – and his first senior team goal. The fan’s favorite full-back made a brilliant move against his defender before a fine finish to the far post. One of the standout players of the match, Shaw made the most touches, successful passes and won possession seven times on defense. And no one touched the ball in Leicester’s box nor had as many shots on target as Shaw.
Shaw himself was ecstatic: “Honestly I can’t describe it, in front of the Stretford End, it’s the best feeling I’ve had,” he said after the game.
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"To start the Premier League with a win is always good – both for our league position and the confidence it breeds within the team."Juan Mata
And we can’t forget one of the club’s greatest assets. David De Gea demonstrated yet again why he is the world’s best goalkeeper. The 2017-18 Premier League Golden Glove winner made several key saves to keep his team on the road to three points.
United veteran and avid club blogger Juan Mata was quite satisfied with the team’s season opener: “To start the Premier League with a win is always good – both for our league position and the confidence it breeds within the team,” he wrote in his first Monday blog post of the season. “Hopefully [the season] will be a campaign filled with happiness!”
After an opening win that showed a lot of potential, we’re confident it will be filled with happiness and more. But no matter what, we are excited to be United!
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And if that’s not enough to get you fired up, watch all the highlights from last year on YouTube.