One man is oftimes enough to make a difference, and this time, it is the absence of the person that is doing the trick.
Jose Mourinho has been gone from Manchester United for two weeks now, and there is no denying the fact that this change has only led to improvement, smiles, and optimism.
Players like Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford seem to have found their best form back, and the attacking style of football has been given a full go-ahead by caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The squad appears to be more cohesive, the goals are pouring in, and the winning record is now three games out of three.
After being out with a compassionate leave, Romelu Lukaku made his return to the first team in the side’s last outing against Bournemouth, and found himself on the scoresheet within a couple of minutes.
There is now only one big name left to play his first game under Ole, and it is none other than Alexis Sanchez.
The Chilean has been out of form ever since his arrival from Arsenal last year, and the change in manager and an unlimited freedom to attack the opposition’s goal might just help him change that.
According to the Telegraph, Sanchez has rediscovered his mojo as a player, and is training harder than ever to be out on the pitch. His first training session without Mourinho saw him warm up to ‘Now We Are Free’ from the film Gladiator.
The 30-year-old had been an isolated figure for a while at the club, but his teammates have finally begun to see the talent he is, and his involvement in training has been higher than before.
With the winger having recovered from a hamstring injury that’s kept him out for two months, Ole recently admitted: “He’ll (Sanchez) be involved [against Newcastle], yes. He wants to play all the time, he’s one of those characters.”