As Louis van Gaal’s new look star studded Manchester United team took to the pitch, all of the Old Trafford faithful were hoping for a resurrection in their team’s fortunes and a lift from their misery. The club had done big business during the transfer window as they spent over £150m on new recruits. Manchester United, despite being one centre back light at the back were expected to come back on track after the international break.
It went out exactly as people would have hoped for, as they thrashed newly promoted Queens Park Rangers 4-0 at Old Trafford. There are a lot of talking points in the match, especially considering Louis van Gaal’s new tactics and Man Utd’s significant rise in confidence. But, here are three main things that we learnt from the match.
1. New formation worked wonderfully.
The Dutch manager decided to drop his idea of a 3-man defence and started with a 4-4-2 diamond with Blind playing deep and Mata at the tip. Herrera and Di Maria played as attacking midfielders who worked box to box. While Di Maria was typically playing as an attacking midfielder and was comfortably providing width as well, Herrera was working box to box and involving himself in passing build-ups. Both these players showed immense work rate and adaptability to play the roles.
Juan Mata playing in his favoured position behind Rooney and van Persie meant that he had great influence in the game and could actually work better.
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