Watching Manchester United play against QPR was a breath of fresh air after the past season that we’ve endured. One may go so far as saying that this was probably the best United have ever played in an official match since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement. The result was not the only thing that was pleasing about the match, we have to add how exceptionally well United’s new recruits have performed and how they look to have transformed the team into one that plays football that’s pleasing to the eye. On his debut for www.manutdtactics.com Marwan Ahmed analyzes the performance our new players and how they’ve seemingly transformed Manchester United for the better.
Angel Di Maria
The Argentine’s performance against QPR was magnificent. His impact on goals was served by luck to a great extent as his first was supposed to be a cross, Rooney’s goal was assisted by Herrera but it was Di Maria who did all the work to put the ball on a plate for Ander, while his assist to Mata was obviously a miss-hit shot. But that doesn’t make a difference as he created several chances for his teammates that they should’ve been putting away such as this incredible flick to van Persie: https://vine.co/v/OapLh0WKL1B
Angel created three chances, scored one goal, assisted one goal and completed 80% of his passes. Not bad for his Old Trafford debut, is it?
Herrera put in an absolute state of the art performance to show United faithful what he’s capable of doing. Not only is his defensive presence obvious for people to see but his influence on United’s attacks was unbelievable. Scored a perfect low drive past Green, assisted twice (conceded the foul which Di Maria scored from and set up Rooney), created four chances and had a staggering 91% pass completion rate.
According to several people that have watched Bilbao closely, Herrera was a very important cog to their success and he clearly showed that against United a few years ago. Exciting times ahead as United have lacked a goal-scoring midfielder since Paul Scholes’ retirement and Ander looks like he might be this man.
Personally, Blind was my favorite player on the pitch against QPR. We’ve lacked a midfielder of his type for a long time and finally it looks like we have him. He is not a Paul Scholes, neither is he a Roy Keane. He is as close as it gets to Sergio Busquets, although Busi is on another level since he literally created the role.
No nonsense, calm over the ball, composed, basically he plays easy football. And easy football is the hardest football. Blind made 112 passes, completing an impressive 107 of them. Also came second behind Evans with five defensive actions compared to the Irishman’s seven.
Blind sat calmly in front of our four-man defence, protecting them whenever a defender ventured forward and made them feel secure. His influence in the final third was not that great but thankfully, we’ve got the likes of Di Maria, Herrera and Mata to take care of that.
The Argentine defender was alright for his first appearance at Old Trafford. No mistakes made, disappointingly no Rabona’s either, but he was a safe outlet on the left side. While most of the attacking was carried out by Rafael on the opposite side of the pitch who was giving Hill a nightmare, Rojo was given instructions to defend more than attack and his partnership with Di Maria was there for everyone to see.
Many better days will come from Rojo as he gets used to the set up. He’s known for his flare so that’s definitely something United fans are waiting for.
Falcao played around the final 20 minutes of the match against QPR and people will probably only remember the time when he had the chance to score on his debut after a Daley Blind shot was rebound to Falcao’s feet for him only to shoot straight at Green.
The instructions for Falcao were visible: be the furthest man up the pitch and try to score. What was more impressive is how United’s players were all seemingly trying their best for Falcao to score, bar Januzaj. Having scored on his previous three debuts for his previous clubs, plenty of better days are expected to come from the Colombian in the red shirt and with him determined to be a United legend, who knows?
Article by Marwan Ahmed.
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