Are we over the disappointing draw with Everton yet? Manchester United’s mixed form ahead of the international break remains worrying but the break has given the players and coaches a chance to sit back.

United’s season starts again on Saturday against Leicester City and the Red Devils will try to kickstart the campaign with an important win.

Before the campaign gets going again, here’s a look at five reasons for Manchester United fans to be positive …

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Just two points behind the top

Despite United’s stuttering early in the season, no team could run away with it in their first seven games.

Despite the slip, United are only two points behind leaders Liverpool and Manchester City.

United got off to a terrible start last season and was able to regain the top of the league by January – before they slipped.

Despite all the hysteria, United are in a solid starting position.

The start of the season is always tough and United got through it relatively unscathed.

United thrives in difficult games

The blow to United’s league position is that tougher games are ahead of us. But these are games that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer United often thrives on.

In late 2019 United started with wins against Tottenham and Manchester City when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was written off.

And in the past season until October and November, the team struggled through a similarly tricky route.

United put in a good performance against the top teams last season and are confident of a strong return this time around.

The team is now full of great players who are going to enjoy these games and they could be more open than against teams that sit deep and defend.

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Rashford is back

The biggest reason for optimism right now is Marcus Rashford’s return at the perfect time.

Rashford scored 21 goals and provided 12 assists last season, a season that saw him survive with a shoulder injury.

The England international could be the player who holds the team together as his direct running creates problems for the teams and opens up the defenses.

Rashford has a great record against upcoming opponents Leicester, Liverpool and City, against whom he has scored five times each.

Best of all from Sancho. come

Summer newcomer Jadon Sancho has hardly shown anything at Old Trafford so far. Once he puts it in gear, United becomes much more dangerous.

Sancho is too good to remain silent for long. He showed qualities with two assists for England at the weekend.

The winger could go a long way over the next few months and show why he was a player United spent a lot of money on.

The best is yet to come with Sancho and United will have to be patient. But better days are ahead.

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Ronaldo still has it

Clearly, Cristiano Ronaldo is not over it. The Portuguese star has already scored five goals and was named both Club and Premier League Player of the Month in September.

The challenge for United is to adjust to Ronaldo and learn how to get the best out of him.

But Ronaldo is not the problem. He could become United’s first player in years to score 30 goals and is an absolute machine.

Ronaldo still has it at the age of 36 and he will be a great addition to the club as the season progresses.

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