Manchester United: How Intimidating Is the New Offense?

Connor McKnightSenior Analyst IOctober 8, 2012

CLUJ-NAPOCA, ROMANIA - OCTOBER 02:  Robin van Persie of Manchester United scores a goal to make it 2-1 during the UEFA Champions League Group H match between CFR 1907 Cluj and Manchester United at the Constantin Radulescu Stadium on October 2, 2012 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Manchester United has already seen some ups and downs with the start of the 2012-13 campaign.

The defense has been shaky at times. Consistency has not necessarily been a fact of life for the Red Devils as the "business as usual" philosophy seems merely transient.

But there is one thing for certain. The potential with this new United attack is unquantifiable.

The addition of former Arsenal striker Robin van Persie and Dortmund superstar Shinji Kagawa was bound to correspond with an increase in offensive production. United fans were well aware that this season was going to be incredibly different offensively, especially with the promise of more firepower up top.

However, throughout the first few weeks of the season, there have been times when the offense has not been as effective as expected. Considering the sheer talent and paychecks of many of the goalscorers on the Manchester United roster, one would assume that the goals would come in flurries.

This Sunday at Newcastle, however, was an expert display of finishing. Although the goals came from Jonathan Evans, Patrice Evra and Thomas Cleverly, these were definitely not the highlights of the match.

The passing and creativity between Danny Welbeck, van Persie, Kagawa and Wayne Rooney was on display for their audience and it simply epitomized the beautiful aspects of the game.

Even with the substitution of the already-booked Kagawa in the 55th minute, Welbeck, van Persie and Rooney completely picked apart the Newcastle defense in their efforts to get towards goal.

Consistency will still be a question for the Red Devils, but a more pressing question still remains. How intimidating is the new Manchester United offense?

Only time will tell until we find out.