Manchester United will be looking to bounce back from Champions League disappointment by building on a fast start to the English Premier League when they face West Ham on Sunday.
Barely a day has gone by since Cristiano Ronaldo’s sensational return to United without some reference to the impact he could have at the club.
The 36-year-old marked his second United debut in style with a goal in each half in front of last weekend’s 4-1 win against Newcastle, which ramped up the fan fare even further.
However, United were brought crashing back down to earth with a bang when Jordan Siebatcheu struck with the last kick of the game as unheralded Swiss side Young Boys claimed a sensational 2-1 Champions League win over 10-man Manchester United on Tuesday.
Ronaldo had earlier opened the scoring, but the match momentum swung in an unexpected direction when Aaron Wan-Bissaka was sent off late in the first half for a dangerous tackle on Christopher Martins.
Although United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has come in for some criticism for substituting Ronaldo in the 72nd minute, it’s clear that the management of the Portuguese superstar is top of his mind.
“You can never be surprised by the man. He scored another goal and he should have had a penalty. He’s exceptional but we have to look after him as well and it felt like the right moment to take him off.”
As United now turn attention back to the Premier League, they have a golden opportunity to build on an undefeated start that has seen three wins and a solitary draw take them to the summit of the standings.
Liverpool, Everton and Chelsea have all mirrored that start to the season, but the latter do face a challenging clash against Tottenham Hotspurs on Sunday.
As United travel to London Stadium, they will have fond memories of last season’s 3-1 win over West Ham away from home, but will also be mindful of the Hammers’ decent start to this season, which has included a big win over Leicester City along with two draws and another victory against Newcastle.
The match kicks off at 3pm.