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Manchester United makes for early season excitement

Reds start season strong with a number of new signings, coming from behind twice to beat Fulham and Southampton and compete at the top of the Premier League table

One of the perks of a great partnership is a backstage pass to watch your partner play ball. And watching Manchester United is simply a pleasure. The Reds got off to a good start in the new season and DHL is back on the sidelines, so to speak, as the team’s Official Logistics Partner.

United 3 – Fulham 2
The team put aside their disappointing opener at Everton in no time, putting on an exciting display a week later for their hometown fans in a come-from-behind win against Fulham. The world’s fastest man – Usain Bolt – was also in the stadium, enjoying some time as a spectator after his success at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The homecoming match took a dreadful turn shortly after the whistle with a Fulham goal only two minutes in. The Reds wasted little time to respond and in the tenth minute Dutchman and new signing Robin van Persie scored a sensational goal off his left shoe to tie it up. Just ten minutes before the half, another recent signing Shinji Kagawa was able to make a simple finish off a rebound after a right wing corner kick from van Persie. The Reds then kept the pressure on as the half came to the close and it paid off. Just minutes after a would-be goal by Rafael was called offside, the Brazilian had the ball in the net again – this time for the goal that would seal the victory.

Southampton 2 – United 3
At Sir Alex Fergusan’s 1,000th league game as Reds manager this past weekend, United turned what looked to be a sure defeat into an astonishing victory. Two late goals by van Persie completed a remarkable hat trick on the day and showed us all that last season’s top goal scorer is continuing where he left off last season.

It was déjà vu all over again as newly-promoted Southampton struck first early in the match. Here again the Reds answered quickly when van Persie turned in the tying goal just seven minutes later. At the half the match was still up for grabs.

The hosts regained the lead early in the second half and held on to it as the minutes ticked away. The drama unfolded with only three minutes to play with van Persie pouncing on a rebound off the upright from a shot by Rafael to put the ball into an unguarded net. Only minutes later the Dutchman’s header off a perfect corner kick from Nani in stoppage time sealed the deal.

A truly remarkable game that will likely rank up there as one of the most exciting – and nerve-wracking – of Sir Alex’s 1,000 league matches.

DHL is looking forward to working behind the scenes to help meet the Reds’ logistics needs as the new season gets underway and the team looks forward to competing internationally once again this year.

Stay tuned for more Reds’ updates as DHL takes you behind the scenes of the world’s most popular football club. Next up: photos of the team’s new signings: Shinji KagawaExternal Link / New Window Nick PowellExternal Link / New Window, Robin Van PersieExternal Link / New Window, Alexander BüttnerExternal Link / New Window, Angelo HenriquezExternal Link / New Window.

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