Manchester United’s new ray of hope and Chelsea’s goal machine
Louis Van Gaal tasted success for the first time as Manchester United manager last night, as his new-look side disposed off a disjointed Queens Park Rangers 4-0 at Old Trafford. All of the four debutants put on a good showing; however, it was Angel Di Maria’s performance that enthralled the home fans.
Fresh from his exploits for Argentina, the ex-Real Madrid wingers’ speed, trickery and directness made him a constant menace down the right side of QPR’s defence. Not only did he open the scoring from a dead ball, but was also responsible for setting up goals for Ander Herrera and Juan Mata. Even though his performance brought about moments of good fortune, the speedster was rewarded for his overall work-rate and positivity.
While his 60 million fee may have raised many eyebrows, it is certain that United have acquired a world-class talent who is going to have a lasting impact in their push for a Champions League spot.
The return of the 4-4-2-diamond formation worked well for the home side, as they looked like the United of old; quick passing and movement being fundamental to the style of play. The fans will be hopeful the positive performance and clean sheet spells the end of the ill-fated 3-5-2 formation; and Van Gaal chooses to use this formation in future.
On Saturday evening, Diego Costa confirmed his status as Chelsea’s new hero with his first hat trick against a good Swansea side. He now has seven goals in 4 games from 14 shots. This is in stark contrast to Fernando Torres who took 43 shots to register as many goals. Even though most of his goals have been ‘poachers goals’ – Costa has a lot more to offer to the side than being in the right place at the right time. His forward runs are a delight for midfielders such as Cesc Fabregas and Eden Hazard, and his never-ending work-rate is there for all to see. Fabregas became the first player to claim six assists from 6 games, while new signing, Loic Remy also managed to score on his debut for the club. – See more at: