Date: 30th August 2016 at 7:29am
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Three Premiership games played in season 2016-17, 3 wins, 6 goals scored, 1 goal conceded and a maximum 9 points in the bag.

All-in-all a very solid and extremely promising start under our new manager, Jose Mourinho. And of course, in what has to be considered his first ever competitive game in charge, he won a trophy, the Community Shield. Ironically Dave Sexton`s and David Moyes` first competitive games in charge of United were also in the Community Shield (formerly the Charity Shield) with Sexton`s team drawing 0-0 with Liverpool and Moyes` team defeating Wigan Athletic 2-0 (RVP scored both goals).

But how does Jose`s Premier League start compare with the start made by his predecessors (First Division and Premier League) going all the way back to when Matt Busby first took charge of a Manchester United team on 6 October 1945.

LOUIS VAN GAAL, Season 2014-15

No wins, 2 draws, 2 goals scored, 3 goals conceded, 2 points.

RYAN GIGGS, Season 2013-14 (Caretaker Manager)

Two wins, 1 loss, 7 goals scored, 2 goals conceded, 6 points.

DAVID MOYES, Season 2013-14

One win, 1 draw, 1 loss, 4 goals scored, 2 goals conceded, 4 points.

ALEX FERGUSON, Season 1986-87

One win, 1 draw, 1 loss, 1 goal scored, 2 goals conceded, 4 points.

RON ATKINSON, Season 1981-82

1 draw, 2 losses, 2 goals scored, 4 goals conceded, 1 point. 3 points for a win started this season.

DAVE SEXTON, Season 1977-78

2 wins, 1 draw, 6 goals scored, 2 goals conceded, 5 points.

TOMMY DOHERTY, Season 1972-73

1 draw, 2 losses, 3 goals scored, 7 goals conceded, 1 point.

FRANK O`FARRELL, Season 1971-72

2 wins, 1 draw, 8 goals scored, 5 goals conceded, 5 points.

WILF McGUINNESS, Season 1969-70

1 draw, 2 losses, 3 goals scored, 8 goals conceded, 1 point.

JIMMY MURPHY, Season 1958-59 (Caretaker Manager)
1 draw, 2 losses, 1 goal scored, 8 goals conceded, 1 point.

MATT BUSBY, Season 1945-46

1 draw, 2 losses, 1 goal scored, 4 goals conceded, 1 point.
But what has impressed me so much about life under Mourinho has been the fluidity of our play and the inventiveness shown by the team collectively. Our back four reminds me of our inaugural Premier League Championship winning side which had two attacking full-backs in Paul Parker and Denis Irwin: fast forward 24 years and we have Luke Shaw, who can go box to box all game, and Antonio Valencia who is probably the quickest full-back the Premiership has ever witnessed. Whereas in 1992-93 we had Steve Bruce and Gary Pallister, two hugely talented centre halves who knew one another`s movements so well that Fergie dubbed them Daisy & Dolly, today we have the calming influence of Daley Blind playing alongside Eric Bailly who so reminds me of a clone of Jaap Stam and Nemanja Vidic with his power and speed.

In 1992-93 we had a middle of the park foursome of Ryan Giggs, Paul Ince, Brian McClair and Andrei Kanchelskis, two stylish and quick wingers with two solid midfielders in support. Mourinho`s choice versus Hull City was Marouane Fellaini, Juan Mata, Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial meaning he relies on Shaw and Valencia to keep opposition full-backs busy on the wings. Our Premiership winning side was rounded off with the colossus that was Peter Schmeichel in goal whilst at the opposite end of the pitch Mark Hughes and Eric Cantona scared the living daylights out of any centre half who had the audacity to try and take the ball from them. Mourinho has the superb David de Gea in goal and up front he has a player who is Hughes-like in his work rate for the team, Wayne Rooney, and the man who told United fans that Eric Cantona was the King of Old Trafford but he wanted to be the God of Old Trafford, the charismatic Zlatan Ibrahimovic. So with 35 Premiership games to go, time will only tell if our squad has the X-Factor and if Jose Mourinho can create history by becoming the first manager to guide two different clubs to Premier League glory.

We`ve got our swagger back!

Did You Know That?

Our 1-0 win over Hull City meant that Marcus Rashford scored in consecutive Premier League games for the first time. He now has six goals in 12 Premier League appearances. Rashford is the first teenager to score a Premier League goal for a team managed by Jose Mourinho. Our win meant that we had won our opening three games of a Premier League season for the first time since 2011-12. And, Rashford`s 90th minute winner was the 18th time we scored a 90th minute winner and our first time since 21 November 2015 away to Watford when the home captain, Troy Deeney, put the ball into his own net to give us a 2-1 victory (Memphis Depay scored in the 11th minute to give us the lead before Deeney levelled the scores with an 87th minute penalty).