After United’s 4-0 thrashing of Queens Park Rangers, its clear that what we are witnessing is the beginning of a new era for Manchester United. The squads identity has changed and many of the names that United fans have gotten used to, for the better or worse, are gone. Although the players are new, the quick and fluid style of play that United has been without so far in times of late has returned – and it’s enlightening.
Angel Di Maria is undoubtedly one of the best play-makers in the game right now, his pace and ability far beyond many other professional footballers. His mere presence on the field is immaculate, and is very noticeable on the pitch for United thus far this season. It is also noteworthy that his presence is clearly missed at Real Madrid, after the Spanish giants are continuing to have trouble quieting their noisy neighbours Atletico and suffered a shock 4-2 defeat to Real Sociedad.
While Di Maria may have stole the spotlight in his Old Trafford debut with a goal and an assist, other United new-boys also performed brilliantly.
Daley Blind is just the kind of player that United needed; one who will sit right above the back line and control the attack from the back. He offers a sense of safety at the back with his ability to get to the loose ball, while still being able to pick out the long ball (assist to suburb RVP header vs. Spain in the group stage). The Dutchmen completed a whopping 107 out of 112 passes against QPR in his debut at Old Trafford, which is fifth highest in the Premier League so far this season.
Blind is likely to pair with Ander Herrera for the majority of the season, and you can expect that duo to be very effective and very efficient in the middle of the pitch – both offensively and defensively. While Blind will drop back in front of the defence, Herrera will take control of the United midfield and put the ball in threatening positions. We even saw his ability to finish with a solid strike from outside of the box against poor Robert Green.
Marcos Rojo also made his Old Trafford debut, and demonstrated that he is very comfortable on the ball, very quick, and very tenacious – all good qualities for defenders to have. He provides balance and pace to the back line and along the left flank that United have been without for some time. Although the only real flaw from the 4-0 victory was one miss-communication between Rojo and De Gea, Johnny Evans proved his worth by sliding and stopping the ball from going into the net, allowing United to finish with the shut out.
All of this without mentioning Radamel Falcao. The newest addition to United’s squad and arguably one of the most dangerous strikers in the world, Falcao entered the game in the 67th minute, replacing Juan Mata. Rooney moved back into Mata’s spot and Falcao took over for Wayne in front of goal. Although the Columbian ace did not score, his versatility on the pitch was apparent and denied by Robert Green multiple times.
All of United’s new signings that took part in the match against Queens Park Rangers played extremely well, and fit into Louis van Gaal’s philosophy perfectly. Reading through this list of betting articles there are still some fantastic odds out there for Manchester United to win the league. With the addition of the new players to the young and talented members of the United squad who still remain after this summer’s transfer window, United fans should be ready for more exciting times in the near future. We are witnessing what is the beginning of a new era at Manchester United.