Manchester United couldn't have hoped for a better start to their 2017/18 Premier League campaign as they swept aside a lethargic and insipid West Ham United 4-0 at Old Trafford last Sunday.
The Red Devils continue their anticipated title tilt with a trip to Swansea City this weekend, but manager José Mourinho is mindful that, despite a stellar display against the Hammers, his side can take nothing for granted in South Wales.
“When I look to the last match, I like many, many things,” the former Real Madrid and Inter Milan boss told the press on Friday. “But the challenge is not to repeat the result, because a 4-0 win is difficult to repeat in the Premier League, but to repeat the same kind of performance.”
After a £150million outlay in the transfer market this summer, bringing in Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matić and Victor Lindelöf, United are expected to leap from last season's sixth-place finish into title contention this term.
But local rivals Manchester City, who overcame Brighton & Hove Albion 2-0 on opening weekend, remain favourites to be crowned Premier League champions – a fact that will not be lost on Mourinho.
All United can do at this early stage is look to build momentum; wins beget wins. They kicked things off in impressive fashion by smashing the Hammers, but they must continue to roll that snowball.
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United, it should be remembered, made an fine start to last season, winning their first three fixtures before coming unstuck against City at Old Trafford in September.
They are unquestionably stronger this time around, and, at the heart of the furore and hype after last week's win, lies a robust and talent-rich squad capable of lifting major honours.
But May is a long way away. For now, United must take each game as it comes, three points at at time.