IT’S starting to look like Glory, Glory Man Utd once again for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s rampant Reds – well, up front at least.
United fans watching the thrashing of Bournemouth in newly-reopened pubs will have had plenty to celebrate after brilliant strikes by Anthony Martial and Bruno Fernandes.
And the left-foot/right-foot double by rising star Mason Greenwood will have had the biggest tee-totaller grabbing the Champers.
But while the attacking football was worth raising a glass to, the defending may well have Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reaching for the bottle.
Criticism of United’s back line may seem harsh when you look at their recent record.
An impressive 12 clean sheets in 16 games hardly paints a picture of a team leaking goals.
But as in the Spurs game straight after the return, the manner in which Bournemouth took a lead here shows a softness at the heart of the defence that justifiably has Roy Keane seething.
Harry Maguire looked about £80million short of his £85m fee when Junior Stanislas nutmegged him early in the first half.
The United skipper would have rightfully expected his keeper David De Gea to spare his blushes as he was faced with a relatively weak effort to stop at his near post.
But the under-fire Spaniard was once again found wanting and let the curling strike slide past his right shoulder and into the net.
At least there were no Bournemouth fans in the stands or Keane in the TV studios to compound his misery.
So while all the talk may understandably be of United’s brilliant attack and another midfield masterclass by Bruno Fernandes, Solskjaer will know that much work needs to be done at the back.
With the greatest of respect, the “we’ll score more than you” mentality will get the free-flowing Reds past Bournemouth and most other teams in the Premier League.
But if they are serious about knocking Liverpool off their perch in the next few years the defence and De Gea need urgent attention.
Whether bringing Dean Henderson back from Sheffield United is the answer is something Ole must decide in the next few weeks.
If they do end his loan spell, it must surely be on the promise he will be starting most weeks, such is his rising stature as one of the best in the Premier League.
As for the defence, signing Maguire only looks like part one of sorting out the long-running saga of replacing Ferdinand and Vidic.
A true leader in the mould of someone who inspires through consistently indomitable performances, a la Van Dijk, is required and it’s here that United must surely focus their spending.
Forget Jadon Sancho for now Ole, Mason Greenwood can take care of business on the wing.
You just concentrate on deciding what to do with De Gea first.
And getting the number for Kalidou Koulibaly’s agent.