Man United 3-1 Aton Villa – Top 5 key talking points as Herrera and Rooney run riot on Villa
Manchester United have been quietly re-building their fortress at Old Trafford and every single player has played equal part in putting United back to the place where they have belonged for last 20 odd years. In recent weeks, there has been an assurance about Van Gaal’s side when they take the field.
Same was the case when United put aside Villa with a clinical performance as Ander Herrera’s double and Wayne Rooney’s stupendous goal sealed the win for Manchester United. We pick out top 5 key talking points from the game as United continue their march towards the top end of the Premier League.
Marouane Fellaini isn’t the only un-droppable player at Man United
Prior to the game, Louis Van Gaal claimed that Marouane Fellaini has become un-droppable at United with his recent performance. It seems as if Van Gaal missed mentioning Ander Herrera from his list.
Herrera scored his 6th and 7th goal of his debut season at United and has looked the part of United’s new look midfield. Herrera’s tenacious tackling and creativity makes him the perfect foil for the likes of Michael Carrick and Juan Mata.
Wayne Rooney is leading by example this season
With Wayne Rooney, it is never just about goals. Rooney is so much more than just being the goal scorer for Manchester United. England captain has led by example this season for his club, whether it is him playing out of position and helping his side or going back to his preferred position and keep scoring goals.
With Rooney on the pitch, United fans and players always have the belief that he will pull his side out of any trouble at any time of the game. The goal he scored today, will be one of the finest goals of Premier League history. Rooney had no right to control the ball out of thin air and strike it that cleanly. Rooney has taken his game to a whole new different level this season since being given the captain’s armband.
Angel Di Maria finally looks at home playing for Manchester United
Since making his intentions clear of staying at United beyond this season, Di Maria seems to have started loving life at Manchester United. First the Argentine was snapped enjoying Karaoke nights with his fellow mates and now when he came on the pitch he looked a part of United’s set up.
Di Maria made the assist for Rooney’s goal and looked hungry for the ball and was always on to something and the most pleasing part for a United fan must have been the sight of seeing Di Maria celebrate the goal with his fellow Man United teammates.
It almost seems like, after a £59.5 million and 31 weeks, Di Maria has finally found his new home and the Argentine now belongs at Old Trafford. Manchester United fans must be excited to see what he can do in his 2nd season with the club.
Juan Mata and Ander Herrera make the game look ridiculously easy
The Spanish duo of Juan Mata and Ander Herrera are each other’s saving graces. Mata and Herrera play exceptionally well if both of them are starting a game together for Manchester United. Often it has been seen that Herrera (LCM) is the closest player to Mata (RAM) and their exchanges of passing and interchanging the positions is a treat to see.
Mata and Herrera share a special bond off the pitch as well and it clearly seems in their play on the field. To understand their bond, all you need to do is to go and look at Herrera’s 2nd goal on the night.
Mata found Herrera out of the 3 options available was amazing to see and then Herrera’s celebrations after the goal when he went to hug Mata personally says a lot about the new leaders (Mata & Herrera) of United’s midfield.
Manchester United are having a lot of unsung heroes in their playing 11
When you play for Manchester United, it is very hard to go under the radar and yet contribute to the team’s but this is exactly what Ashley Young, Michael Carrick and Daley Blind have been doing exceptionally well in last 4-5 matches now.
Ashley Young is United’s ever present outlet on the left and Daley Blind has been an able partner to Young in making sure that United’s left hand side is ever so productive. Blind’s role as the Left Back has impressed every one and his intelligence over the ball gives United a control over the proceedings.
Blind had 96% passing accuracy, 98% aerial duel success and 1 assist during the game against Villa. If these two were not enough, then we have Michael Carrick, who is the single biggest reason for United’s new found form and consistency in recent weeks. With these 3 doing the dodgy work, it allows the flair players to go and win United the important matches and crucial points.
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