There’s an old saying in football that you can only beat what is put in front of you. Yesterday afternoon, Manchester United did exactly that, by dismantling a QPR side that will already be early favourites to go down at the culmination of the Premier League season.
The result was met with the standard, unbalanced, views of fans from clubs across the league, positively seething at the fact that United had sparkled so brightly once again and sent out a warning shot to our closest rivals.
After three subdued performances, the visit of QPR at Old Trafford was supposed to be the start of a new era, the real beginning after the Louis Van Gaal revolution and United didn’t disappoint.
The West Londoners might not be a force to be reckoned with – in fact they were abysmal for large spells of the game – but it was a refreshing change to see United finally take control of a game and play with confidence and intent. Here’s five things we’ve learnt from Sunday…
There’s not really any other word to describe both the performance and the feelings that ensued following last night’s abomination. It initially brought back memories of a horrendous evening at Upton Park in the Carling Cup back in 2010 when we collapsed 4-0 that evening during a wretched display.
However, this was so much worse. So bad, it was practically beyond belief. We have been utterly humiliated by a club in the third tier of English football. It wasn’t even a contest.
After a loss and a draw in his first two games in charge of Manchester United, there was to be no third time lucky for Louis Van Gaal, who watched on in astonishment as his side were humbled 4-0 by MK Dons and suffered the ignominy of exiting the Capital One Cup before the majority of top teams have even entered it.
United, now more than ever, are a side in crisis and lacking identity, which makes analysing their performances all too complicated. However, even embarrassing nights such as last night – and, make no mistake, it did look woefully abysmal from the away end – can provide some indications of what to expect this season.
Here’s five things we’ve learnt from last night…
Judging a book by its cover is often a misguided and short-sighted activity to indulge into, but there are times when even the most composed and sensible of souls tend to be carried away and make irrational and rushed judgments.
It’s something a lot of United fans were guilty of this summer. A positive pre-season, a world class manager replacing David Moyes’ tactical inadequacies and his turgid football and, in the eyes of many, United were poised for a return to the glory days of the Fergie era in the blink of an eye.
Yesterday’s defeat against Swansea proved things might not be a simple this season, despite Louis Van Gaal’s arrival and favourible title odds from Betfair. Here’s five things we have learnt.
The Louis Van Gaal era is up and running after United dismantled Los Angeles Galaxy 7-0 in their first pre-season friendly of the season earlier this morning to kick off their US tour in perfect fashion. Resounding though the result might be, United will have to face much sterner tests on this tour but Van Gaal’s debut was as slick as he could have hoped for.
Danny Welbeck opened the scoring, before Wayne Rooney netted twice in the first half, while second half substitutes Reece James and Ashley Young grabbed two each as United trounced the MLS outfit.
Here’s five things we have learnt.
After 10 seemingly endless months, when disappointment and dire football became as common as success and attacking endeavour had been for the best of the last 26 years, we finally waved goodbye to the 2013-14 season, not in style but after a dull 1-1 draw.
Here’s what we’ve learnt from United’s last outing of a dismal campaign.
United’s last home game of this shambolic season offered, at long last, something to look forward to after 10 largely disappointing months, in which the highs have been few and far between. The 3-1 win against Hull was also the chance to wave goodbye to Nemanja Vidic and to welcome some new faces on the big stage.
Here’s five things we’ve learnt last night…