United still boss, but rays of light elsewhere

United still boss, but rays of light elsewhere
Manchester United's English defender Rio Ferdinand.

ENGLAND - Change has been the buzzword around the English Premier League lately but it is the same old team from Manchester with the same old players who continue to set the pace.

Manchester United's 4-1 thumping of Swansea City was - by far - the most impressive performance from the opening weekend of fixtures.

Even with new manager David Moyes, who has been wrongly written off by many, they showed the same killer instinct to humble the League Cup winners in an away game.

What was most surprising was that they achieved this with a half-happy, half-fit Wayne Rooney. Imagine, if the striker starts smiling again, defenders are going to get real grumpy, real fast.

Robin van Persie may continue to inspire claims that they are a one-man team. But, look closer, and you will see a proper, well-organised side from back to front.

Chelsea undoubtedly boast stronger squad depth but that alone does not guarantee a title.

If the Red Devils go on to add a premier playmaker they desperately seek, it will take something very special from The Special One to stop them.

Jose Mourinho's side had a good first half in a 2-0 win over Hull City but I fear that his tinkering will do more harm than good.

In Oscar, Juan Mata, Eden Hazard, Andre Schurrle and Kevin de Bruyne, they have too many creative types but no lethal finisher to cap off the sleek inter-play.

Perhaps, they should have signed Roberto Soldado who is likely to have a great season for Tottenham Hotspur.

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