Queens Park Rangers vs Manchester United – 3 Talking Points
United registered their first league victory of 2015 after they beat QPR 2-0 on Saturday night. United had a slow start to the game but they improved their performance in the second half. Goals from Fellaini and Wilson earned United their third away victory of the season. Let us look at the three talking points from the match:
Van Gaal needs to change his adamant nature
United’s problems this season has been evident for a long time, despite knowing them Louis Van Gaal for some reason is reluctant to change his methods. Not once, not twice but a dozen times, United have played with a back three this season and virtually every time it was proved that United players are not suited with that formation. However, Van Gaal is refusing to change his philosophy as he started the match against QPR again with a back three.
Also fitting players in unnatural positions should be stopped by the Dutchman. For the second week running the Dutchman has started Di Maria up front and Rooney in the midfield position. Despite his great skills, Di Maria is not one of the muscular players who will hold the ball up front to create chances for others. The match against QPR is another example why he should not be played up front. Hence, it’s time for Van Gaal to start playing them in their usual positions.
United need to play with more purpose
In the first half, the Reds had a lot of ball but were unable to make the most of it. The only chance of the half came when Mata picked Falcao with an inch perfect diagonal cross. Apart from that, the Reds were not able to do much, as the tempo in the first half was slow.
United’s performance in the second half improved as they moved the ball better and more purposefully. Their positive approach in the half helped the Red Devils score twice. It also shows what exactly the great United attacking players can do if they play with purpose.
Van Gaal gets his changes spot on
After United struggled to make an impact in the first half, Van Gaal took off the ineffective Mata for Fellaini. The big Belgian paid his managers belief in him with a well taken opening goal. He also used his physical presence to create a nuisance of himself in the opposition box to unrest QPR’s defenders.
Also he took off Evans for the young Wilson to switch from a back three to a back four. The gamble paid for Van Gaal as United played with more purpose in the second half. Also Wilson capped of his good performance on the night with a well taken goal.
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