Manchester United secured their second consecutive win at Anfield thanks to a late Wayne Rooney goal on Sunday.
Louis Van Gaal claimed that he spoke with the United captain before the game and asked him to get a goal at a ground where he had not scored since 2005. Rooney, who missed a penalty in United’s 2-1 win at Anfield last season, duly delivered as United moved within two points of fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur.
It would probably be fair to argue that in a world where a photograph of an avocado is the most popular image on the internet, there clearly isn’t enough bleach on this planet. If there were we’d have culled the human race and successfully wiped out over population.
There isn’t and we haven’t, which goes a long way in explaining why grown men would boo their own team at a football match. There has been a lot of frustration at United of recent and much of it is justified, however it is hard to justify turning on your own team and manager in the way the Old Trafford crowd did on Tuesday.
For only the second time since Louis Van Gaal took charge of Manchester United, his side have scored 3 or more goals in two consecutive league games.
Cries of “Attack Attack Attack” are heard around Old Trafford more frequently than ever and fans of other teams often take great pleasure in pointing out that the number of goals scored during Van Gaal’s first season as manager was less than when David Moyes was in charge.
Louis Van Gaal has described the fee Manchester United paid for Anthony Martial as “ridiculous”, adding the price tag was evidence of the “crazy world we are in”.
The United manager added that the French striker was signed for his long-term potential, rather than as ready-made solution, explaining he sanctioned the transfer as he believes Martial will be a powerful asset in the hands of his eventual successor in the Old Trafford dugout.
Manchester United are joint top of the league after two games, have looked unexpectedly solid at the back and are yet to concede a goal. However, that’s where the positives end for Louis Van Gaal, as his side still looks to be struggling to regain the fluidity they displayed over six games in spring last season, when United seemed to have well and truly returned to their usual, pre-Moyes selves.
With European football returning to Old Trafford tomorrow, here are five talking points from United’s first two games of the campaign.