Manchester United played their second game of the 2015-16 season against Aston Villa away at Villa Park and won the match 1-0 thanks to Adnan Januzaj’s 29 minute strike. Although Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal was not particularly impressed with the display from his boys and described it as “wasteful”.
Red Devils started their season with a 1-0 win over Spurs last week thanks to an own goal from Kyle Walker and their perfect start was intact by Januzaj’s first United goal in 16 months.
Although,the Dutch gaffer is unimpressed with his players for unnecessary ball losses from players like Januzaj, Depay and Rooney.
We are pointing out five things we learnt from yesterday’s match:
1. Januzaj makes a claim to pick him in Starting line-up
The 20 year old Belgian wonderkid emerged as the rare glimpse of light during Manchester United’s dismal 2013-14 Premier League campaign. But he saw his game time hugely reduced last season after Loui van Gaal took charge at Old Trafford from David Moyes. While going out of favour with the likes of newcomers Memphis Depay and Ashley Young, he was linked with a loan move to play regular first team with Sunderland hoping to get him.
It was a shock when van Gaal named his squad against Aston Villa to see Adnan starting ahead of Young but the youngster took his chance to impress his boss. He scored a very good goal on 29th minute from a nice pass by Juan Mata and showed his composure to get past Villa captain Micah Richards and scored via a deflection.
It may be early to conclude that he will have a spectacular season but it may be a season for him to make his name from where he left off in 2013-14 season.
2. Rooney is no more a center forward and Manchester United should sign a striker
The captain of the Red Devils had played as a deeper player in the last few season with Robin van Persie up front. Rooney played mostly as a secondary striker or an attacking midfielder in recent seasons. He even played as a central midfielder in few matches.
Rooney is complete player and plays wherever the team needs him. But his versatility has been a curse to him although United wre lucky to use his asset.
Now after the departure of van Persie, Rooney has to play as a center forward once again after so many years and we have seen him struggling. In the first match, he took too much time to strike on occasions, although Kyle Walker finished it for him. Rooney lost the ball on many occasions and his positioning was also not perfect for a striker in the game.
Although,the England striker has long held a reputation for starting the season slowly. In past campaigns, this was put down to his off-season activities, with critics pointing to his diet and proclivity for a cigarette while away on his summer holidays.
But Red Devils should try to sign another striker and play Rooney deeper where he has adapted greatly in the last few seasons.
3. Depay has to adapt in Premier League
The Dutch international moved to Manchester United from Dutch Eridivisie winners PSV Eindhoven after having a brilliant season at Philips Stadion bagging the Eridivisie top scorer award scoring 22 goals in the divison. But the 21 year old is yet to show his true colors in England.
The Dutchman started the first game behind the striker and the second game on the preferred left wing. The winger failed to impress against Vllla and lost the ball on many occasions. His decision making was also poor.
But it will be wrong to single out him for team’s overall poor performance as he needs time to adapt to new conditions. Being only 21 and a move to England from Netherlands is not easy, he needs backing from fans and the manager in order to show his true potential.
4. Amavi is a great signing
Perhaps the least celebrated of Villa’s Three Jordans (as literally no one calls them), Amavi was hugely impressive for Tim Sherwood’s side.
Left-back has been a problem area for the Birmingham side in the last few seasons, with Antonio Luna, Joe Bennett and Kieran Richardson among those to have failed to make the position their own.
Amavi, just 21, already looks like the man for the job. Pacy, eager to get forward and two-footed, the Frenchman who moved to Villa from Nice this summer, kept things quiet on his side, shackling Matteo Darmian and forcing Mata infield. A bright future beckons.
5. Villa fans should be happy
Aston Villa lost the services of Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph this summer. But the fans will be pleased with their 10 new summer signings, some of them already catching the eye like Amavi, Gueye, Veretout and Gestede.
Tim Sherwood did well in the latter part of last season to help Villa survive in the League for the 24th consecutive season in the top tier and fans will be happy with him. They lost to Red Devils conceding a deflected goal and gave a good fight to a strong United team.
With signings like Adama Traore. Amavi, Gestede and the rest, they are likely to improve as they gel. Sherwood deserves much credit for his brilliant work.