After what has felt like an exceptionally long international break, United return to action when they host Brighton on Saturday, well aware that a win is required to raise spirits after a testing few weeks.
Erik ten Hag will hope that the football can do the talking this weekend, a mantra that is echoed by summer arrival Sofyan Amrabat ahead of his possible debut.
“I don&apost like to speak about myself,” he admitted last week. “I want to show it on the pitch, but I can promise that I will give my best with everything; every day, every minute, every second. So, it is the only thing that I can say now.”
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Amrabat is already one of the most popular players before he has even stepped onto the pitch in club colours, and there is a real sense of excitement amongst the fanbase over what he could bring to the side this season.
The 27-year-old was one of the stars at the World Cup in Qatar as Morocco made history, but having only signed on a loan, he now faces the challenge of proving why United should trigger their option to buy him at the end of it.
Motivation won&apost be an issue for Amrabat as he looks to extend his stay beyond a solitary season, and there is hope he could be involved against Brighton after not featuring over the international break.
Amrabat&aposs arrival finally looks to have given United a worthy replacement for midfield maestro Casemiro in the defensive role, though Ten Hag has already suggested that he could look to use the pair together against elite opposition.
“He can also play alongside Casemiro because he can play higher on the pitch, and it&aposs good to have him,” the manager stated after defeat to Arsenal last time out. “He fits good to Premier League football, Champions League football, the demands.”
Brighton might be one of the most exciting teams in world football right now, but they can&apost be classified as elite opponents. They should be respected, not feared, and this weekend there will be an onus on United to attack.
That approach could mean Christian Eriksen is preferred from the start, with Amrabat saved for a bench role and then a possible start away against Bayern Munich next midweek.
It is the combination of Casemiro and Amrabat in the same midfield trio, or diamond, that is so compelling and could revolutionise the way United approach bigger matches.
This, in turn, could hold the very key to transforming their atrocious away record against top sides under Ten Hag, stemming from a midfield that is defensively robust but also has the creativity to stamp their authority on a match.
Another key component of United&aposs approach to big matches could be the repurposing of Mason Mount as a right winger, something we saw Bruno Fernandes do on occasion last season.
The Portuguese is the best creative threat in the side and needs to be playing in a central position to have a greater influence on proceedings, but Mount&aposs high work rate and ability to win back possession could make him a wise selection out wide.
Another key component of the approach will be Rasmus Hojlund, who was the only real positive to come from the defeat to Arsenal last time out.
He still needs more time before he can be fairly judged at the club, but it is clear he will bring more than just goals to the forward line, with his hold-up and link play catching the eye on his debut.