Manchester United beat Queens Park Rangers 2-0 at Loftus Road but were far from convincing. Here are THREE things we learned from today’s game:
Yes, Manchester United won but it was again far from convincing. Van Gaal’s reputation makes people slower to question the Dutchman but his record on the field is not much better than David Moyes. While the criticism of the latter was certainly over the top, the former is definitely ‘getting away with it’ to some extent.
Annoys me how much of an easy ride Van Gaal is getting at Man Utd, weren’t slow on jumping on Moyes’ back last year!! There just as bad!
— Jordan Tracey (@JordanTracey17) January 17, 2015
@piersmorgan Van Gaal makes Moyes look good!!
— Rob (@Rob_Ryan_) January 17, 2015
The Argentine has been deployed as a striker since his return from injury with little success. Di Maria did well up front in the game against Arsenal earlier in the season but has failed to replicate this performance in any of his outings since. Time to move the former Real Madrid man back to familiar territory.
Fellaini needs to start more often playing behind the two strikers. Di Maria should always play deeper with freedom to break forward! #MUFC
— This Charming Dan (@DannyCause23) January 17, 2015
Di Maria as a striker, Rooney in midfield, Jones taking corners, Blind playing every position. When shall I play De Gea in midfield?
— Louis Van Gaal (@_VanGaal) January 17, 2015
Fellaini’s goal meant the Belgian has now scored the same amount of league goals as Falcao, and while this would have been unthinkable in August, it is not at all surprising now. The Columbian is far from the player of his Atleico days and it’s becoming increasingly unlikely that he will be retained in Manchester.