Alan Shearer: Manchester United are back after Leicester City victory

by Leo Nieboer

Former Newcastle striker Alan Shearer insists Manchester United’s emphatic 4-1 win over champions Leicester City signals a return to form for Jose Mourinho’s side.

Four goals in the space of 20 minutes saw Man United sweep aside the hosts in what was a sensational, rip-roaring first-half display.

The contest with Claudio Ranieri’s side was preceded by an array of criticism and doubt following consecutive Premier League defeats, but United’s comfortable victory sent a sweeping statement to other clubs.

Shearer, writing for The Sun, asserted the victory serves as a turning point for Mourinho’s men.

“Manchester United were magnificent against Champions Leicester in their 4-1 win and there was no better goal all weekend than Juan Mata’s,” he wrote.

“A great team goal ending with a stunning finish.

“It was proof that after successive league defeats Jose Mourinho’s side is back.”

Very rarely has a United side, previously sapped of urgency and confidence, suddenly clicked in such overwhelming style in recent years.

It was reminiscent of United’s 3-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur back in March 2015 – a powerful performance that acted as a catalyst for five straight wins. A tweak in formation, a change in personal, and out of nowhere an incredible performance.

With Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba both playing in their preferred roles, alongside the absence of Wayne Rooney, United rolled back the years with a first-half harangue, a frenzy of penetrative, ruthless football that battered the champions into submission.

United fans will hope to see a similar starting XI – packed with energy, skill and power – feature on a regular basis.

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