Often International break brings bad news for the clubs around the world as players come back with niggling injuries or they get fatigued and moreover it breaks the entire momentum the team might have generated in the league and more so for a team like Manchester United who went in to the break winning back to back games against Tottenham and Liverpool.
Louis Van Gaal was sweating over the condition and form his players would return but as it turns out this International break has done Man United more good than bad. Going in to the break, Marouane Fellaini, Wayne Rooney, Daley Blind, Michael Carrick, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Wayne Rooney were the key players for United and all of them enjoyed a rich vein of form while playing for their national side as well.
Fellaini in particular was massive for Belgium in their two wins in span of a week. Fellaini scored 3 goals in 2 matches to put his team in comfortable spot in the Euro 2016 qualification campaign. Daley Blind enjoyed a flawless 2-0 win over Spain while Jones, Smalling, Carrick and Rooney went to Italy and came back with a well played 1-1 draw.
It was not all about the players in form doing well for United. Radamel Falcao, who has been in torrid form for his new club managed to score 3 goals during the International break. His 3 goals helped him to become Colombia’s all time highest goal scorer with 24 goals. Falcao getting back some playing time and form must have pleased Van Gaal the most and he will have a happier Falcao to pick in their remaining matches.
Louis Van Gaal could not have dreamed of a better International break with his key players returning injury free and with substantial form behind their back. Van Gaal must be itching to pick his best team for Man United’s next game against Aston Villa and continue their march towards the top 4 finish in the league.