Marouane Fellaini’s resurgence showed no signs of stopping on Saturday night, as the Belgian scored twice for his country in their 5-0 win against Cyprus.
After enduring a torrid time under David Moyes, Fellaini has been one of United’s best performers this season, scoring five goals in 23 all competitions and establishing himself as a regular in Louis Van Gaal’s starting XI.
Over the past two seasons just about anyone and everyone has been linked with a potential move to Old Trafford. In his first summer transfer window Louis Van Gaal spent nearly £150 million on new talent, bringing in six players who have all enjoyed periods of good form this season when not injured.
Although the two big name signings of Radamel Falcao and Angel Di Maria have failed to live up to expectations, Van Gaal has got the most out of his less hyped signings, like Daley Blind and Ander Herrera and Marcos Rojo.
Wayne Rooney has said that he was happy with Louis Van Gaal’s decision to deploy in his natural role up-front after a spell in midfield adding he felt pleased with his current vein of form.
Earlier in the season, with Van Gaal trying to accommodate Robin Van Persie and Radamel Falcao in the side, Rooney found himself deployed as central midfielder, as United shifted between 4-4-2 and 3-5-2 formations.
Marouane Fellaini has described Louis Van Gaal as the sort of strict manager Manchester United needed this season after David Moyes’ shambolic, short-lived tenure.
The Belgian arrived at Old Trafford on deadline day last season but failed to recapture the form he had shown at Everton and soon became a pantomime villain, as he epitomised Moyes’ ill-fated 10-month spell in charge of the club.
Michael Carrick believes that Manchester United have finally found the winning formula and that their 2-1 win against Liverpool on Sunday highlighted they’ve finally turned a corner.
Louis Van Gaal has struggled to impose his style onto his team since arriving at Old Trafford in July, with United coming under intense scrutiny for serving up some insipid football during the Dutchman’s first eight months at the helm.
Juan Mata has described Sunday’s 2-1 win against Liverpool as one of the best days of his career, claiming that he’s now fully understood what the game means to both set of fans.
After a solid display against Spurs, Mata was choses ahead of Angel Di Maria for United’s trip to Anfield and produced an outstanding performance, scoring both goals as Louis Van Gaal’s team played Liverpool off the park and strengthened their grip on a top four finish.
Manchester United produced a superb performance to record their second win at Anfield in the last three seasons, as Juan Mata scored twice to extend the gap between United and Liverpool to five points.
United dominated the game from the start, scored two wonderful goals and looked a complete different team from the one that had struggled to impose itself throughout the season and are now in pole-position for a top four finish.
Here’s five things we learnt from Sunday.
Screaming, covered in non-descript fluids and struggling to adjust to the light. Manchester United appeared reborn last weekend.
Reborn in the sense that it felt like watching Manchester United, not like being forced to watch Adrien Chiles’ care worker scrub his back in the bath whilst he plays with his manhood.