Thirty four points out of a possible thirty nine is sensational going
It is an understatement to say that Man Utd have flown out of the starting blocks of this Premiership season. Three years without a title is a long time for a club with the recent history and standing of the Old Trafford club and they have shown in their start of eleven wins and one draw from their opening thirteen games that they are fully focused on preventing making it four seasons without success.
I have been really impressed with three sets of Man Utd players this season. First there are the old-hands of Giggs, Scholes and Neville who have set a fantastic example to their younger teammates in their work-rate, ambition and skill in the opening to this season. These three have the know-how of what it takes to win the Premiership and their presence in the team gives Man Utd a hardened competitive edge which - injury permitting - will serve the team invaluably well for the duration of the season.
Second there is the breakthrough of the January signings of Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic. Evra looked shaky last season but he has been fantastic so far this season replicating the form that saw him help Monaco to the Champs League final in 2005. He has very good attacking ability for a full-back which has added an extra dimension to Man Utd's attacking game and is probably the reason why the highly rated Argentine, Gabriel Henize, cannot presently force his way back into the first team. Vidic also took some time to adapt to the Premiership but now he loooks to have firmly cemented a first-choice spot alongside Rio Ferdinand with a string of strong performances, plus his heading prowess from set-pieces has been demostrated with two Premiership goals this campaign. I had a couple of question marks about Ferguson's decision to sign these two players at the start of the year for a combined total of £12 million - but they are now looking to be very astute purchases.
Third is the electric attacking trio of Louis Saha, Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo. They showed from the game one demolition of Fulham that they had a natural synergy to link-up with each other to sensational effect and their sheer pace, ability and finishing potential have created so many chances for Man Utd this season. Ever since the all-round excellent forward Louis Saha replaced Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Man Utd have looked a more dynamic and cohesive attacking unit so credit must go to the French international for impact on the side. Ronaldo too has been outstanding at the start of this campaign and for me has clearly moved up a level in consistency of performance.
Man Utd have started off the season in title-winning form: now its a case of seeing whether they can sustain it. There is a long way to go yet this season but personally (as I wrote after the Fulham game) I think Alex Ferguson has moulded a team with the right combination of high quality experience, youth, talent and desire to push extremely close for the title this season.