Manchester United boosted their chances of a top-four finish with an excellent performance against Spurs on Sunday, as Louis Van Gaal’s men finally showed what they’re capable of, dominating possession and dictating the tempo.
With a potentially crucial trip to Anfield coming up next week, have United turned a corner?
Here’s five things we’ve learnt from yesterday…
The air of unease surrounding toay’s fixture against Spurs is similar to that of using the bus.
You expect it to be bumpy, out of your control and there’s usually some gormless looking moron sat at the front smelling like urine. Harry Kane and his Spurs side will undoubtedly turn up intending to give United an equally uncomfortable experience.
Antonio Valencia has publicly apologised for his display against Arsenal on Monday night, which contributed in no small part to Manchester United getting knocked out from the FA Cup.
The Ecuadorian, whose performance was described as “disgraceful” by former United captain Roy Keane, took to social media to apologise to the fans and to his teammates for his horrendous display against Arsenal.
So often Manchester United have chased, been led a merry dance and failed in the acquisition of world class footballers. The prolonged pursuits of Ronaldinho and Fabregas are embarrassing examples of this from down the years.
So when the loan signing of Radamel Falcao was announced, united fans began to fantasise at the prospect of goals and records that would tumble. It hasn’t happened has it?
For the first time since the period between 1986-1989, Manchester United will go two seasons in a row without any silverware, after Arsenal deservedly clinched a 2-1 win at Old Trafford to book themselves a place in the FA Cup semifinal.
Having gone behind halfway through the first half, United responded brilliantly thanks to a Wayne Rooney goal and even produced some good attacking football in the first 45 minutes, before it all came crashing down in the second half.
Here’s five talking points from Monday night.
Arsene Wenger has claimed that Ryan Giggs’ goal in the replay of the 1999 FA Cup still haunts him, adding that the Welshman’s incredible finish effectively put United on course for a historic Treble.
Having gone ahead through a superb David Beckham strike, United were pegged back by a great finish from Dennis Bergkamp and had Roy Keane sent off for a second yellow deep into the second half.
Paris St Germain defender Marquinhos has emerged as a surprise transfer target for Manchester United in the summer. It is well-known that United need reinforcements in defence.
The signings of Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind have only added temporary reinforcement to the inexperienced line. United have been looking at a number of top defenders. They are thought to hold a long-standing interest in Borussia Dortmund centre back Mats Hummels. The poor form of the 26-year-old appears to have made United look at other alternatives. United are back to winning ways in the top four race after a 2-0 win over Sunderland.
Betfair puts United at 8/11 to qualify for the 2015/16 Champions League.
It’s quieter than a nun’s hen party. Like some tragic episode of the Tweenies many are asking where have all the journalists gone?
Last week Van Gaal was the wrong man to lead United, the club was in permanent decline and Ryan Giggs was being stifled by his Dutch overlord.