After their International Guinness Cup triumph, it seems Manchester United are back to their winning ways. Although, it is too early to jump onto too many conclusions but new manager Louis van Gaal has got a lot of positives to take home. The Dutch mastermind has led his new team to 5 successive pre season victories, which includes a 7-0 sauntering of LA Galaxy and a convincing 3-1 win over the reigning European Champions Real Madrid.
Many would argue that United claimed all these victories owing to the fact that the opposition’s fielded their fringe sides, but even United did the same. And others would say that a victory in an exhibition tournament doesn’t mean much, and they may be somewhat right in saying this. But the triumph has shown glimpses of the future and is seemingly a sign of things to come. There were a lot of positives to take from the ‘exhibition’ tournament which , experts and fans alike would take into account when the season will get under way in a small matter of 2 weeks.
So, here are some positives Louis van Gaal can draw from their exultation in the United States
The emergence of young Tyler Blackett
By the looks of things, this Manchester born defender is the one for the future. He was a vital cog in the wheel in Louis van Gaal’s system and by far, looked the most reliable defender for the Red Devils. When other senior defenders like Phil Jones and Chris Smalling struggled a wee bit here and there, the 20 year old defender had no problems whatsoever against any side United faced. Michael Keane floundered in dealing with Gareth Bale’s strength and utmost speed but this Manchester born lad was no way near to being beaten by the Welshman.
His physical strength hands him an outside advantage over burly forwards and is also a key part of his repertory. He has got a decent reading of the game and looked more congenial than others in the 3 man back wall. His versatility, was although not on show, but can be vital to his position in the first team squad. His sturdy performances at the back may well persuade LVG in not going for another central defender this summer.
United fit into the 3-5-2 formation
There were numerous doubts surrounding whether the new 3-5-2 formation would help United play as a unit. But these were vanquished when United routed LA Galaxy during van Gaal’s first game at the helm. Almost all the players settled into their respective positions as if they’ve been contesting there for a decade or so. The wing back position treated to be a problem by the fans but Louis van Gaal’s adeptness in dealing with such problems paid off as the Dutchman deployed Ashley Young, Antonio Valencia, Luke Shaw and Nani in those roles quite effectively. New signings Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw proved their mettle, although Shaw’s fitness was in question but considering his tender age, his showings were good enough. Both Rooney and Mata fitted into their preferred roles inch perfectly and both linked up well with each other and the entire unit.
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