For all the anger surrounding the team selection before kick-off, Manchester United have started as well as they have done all season.
Against a team who are sitting deep and drawing the Red Devils on, United look lively and they look a threat.
Perhaps it’s the intensity in their game, perhaps they realise that this one matters, or perhaps it’s because of how the team has lined-up once they got out onto the pitch.
Anthony Martial, so often relegated to the left wing to accommodate the huffing and puffing Wayne Rooney, has started up front alongside the England and Manchester United captain. And that seems to have made a world of difference to United’s play so far in this game.
They haven’t yet scored, but looking so much more dangerous in possession, and the directness of Lingard is getting the crowd on their feet.
For once United fans should be happy with what Van Gaal is doing tonight
United's goal drought started around the time Rooney was put up front and Martial on the wing. I don't know, could it be a coincidence?
— Big Boss (@FrankieTheOne) November 3, 2015
United looking more threatening with Martial playing up front. Shocking.
— Kev L. Thomas (@Kev_LT) November 3, 2015
— FootballFanCast.com (@FootballFanCast) November 2, 2015