Manchester United escaped East London with a point on Sunday, as Louis Van Gaal’s men delivered another mind-numbingly dull performance but were bailed out by a late Daley Blind’s goal. The result sees Unite drop to fourth and drag even further into what is shaping up to be as an incredibly tight race for top four.
Here’s five things we have learnt from United’s trip to Upton Park.
A broken plane, a broken dream, a broken heart, a broken team, no word said, a silent vow, we loved you then, we love you now.
Off the back of an emotional week United take what will undoubtedly be a difficult trip to London for Sunday’s fixture against West Ham. It will be important to play with the spirit of those lost on that bleak February night.
David De Gea will remain at Manchester United for the foreseeable future, according to his agent Jorge Mendes.
The 24-year-old has only 18 months on his contract and has attracted interest from Real Madrid, with reports suggesting the European champions would be happy to wait for De Gea to see his contract out at Old Trafford before returning to Spain on a free transfer.
Louis Van Gaal said Manchester United were worth a bet to win the FA Cup for the 12th time after beating Cambridge 3-0 on Tuesday night and progressing to the fifth round.
Goals from Juan Mata, Marcos Rojo and James Wilson saw United through in comfortable fashion against the League Two side and United will now face another lower league outfit, Preston, in the fifth round.
Radamel Falcao is currently experiencing his most difficult spell as a professional footballer. Notwithstanding Saturday’s goal it may very well be the most out of form spell he has experienced his entire life. Let’s face it the man has been nothing but top class since his arrival on the European football scene with Porto in 2009. However, his form this season has left much to be desired.
His four goals in 14 league appearances so far this campaign are not even been remotely close to his 153 to 197 goal to appearance ratio through the past five years. An in depth look at his stats reveals roughly a 0.0045 goals per minute ratio and a 0.231 goals per appearance ratio this Premier League season so far.
Whisper it, but January might turn out to be a success. In fact, for the first time in what feels like a lifetime, Manchester United enjoyed two successful transfer windows in the same season.
There were, of course, largely different in nature, for the one in August was characterised by lavish spendings and world class players arriving at Old Trafford, while the one that came to a close yesterday was all about the departures, rather than arrivals.
Wilfried Zaha has made his loan spell at Crystal Palace a permanent transfer after joining the south London club for £3m on transfer deadline day.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s last signing at United, Zaha cost the club almost £15m in the 2013 January transfer window but failed to establish himself as first team player under David Moyes and Louis Van Gaal, playing only four times for United since arriving to Old Trafford at the beginning of last season.
Louis Van Gaal has warned Adnan Januzaj that he must make the most of his talent if he is to succeed at Old Trafford and force his way into the starting XI on a regular basis.
Januzaj made his first Premier League start in almost three months against Leicester on Saturday and gave a good account of himself playing on the left side of a midfield diamond. It was only the sixth name Van Gaal had named the Belgian, who turns 20 on Thursday, in his starting XI this season and the United manager insisted the teenager must perform week in, week out to secure a starting spot.