Manchester United’s Season Starts Now

That was the statement from Manchester United made on Sunday when they sealed their first victory under Louis van Gaal and the first of the 2014-2015 season.  There was a feeling of confidence while watching the Devils score 4 against Queens Park Rangers that has been lost at Old Trafford for some time.  Van Gaal and company need to hold onto this feeling as the season progresses and the opponents get stronger.

It was a great win.  We saw all the new signings in action except for Luke Shaw, and got an idea of what this team is capable of.  Angel Di Maria had a wonderful match and proved why he is worth the 59.7 million pounds it took to get him from Real Madrid scoring the first goal and was a part of the other three.  Daley Blind provided support in the midfield and in defense while taking a late match shot from distance that challenged QPR goal keeper Robert Green.  On that same shot Radamel Falcao had a chance to open his Premier League account but it was not meant to be as the late game substitute was unable to get it past Green.  Ander Herrera came back from an injury that has kept him sidelined to score and help United’s cause.  Marcos Rojo showed that he can move the ball up the pitch and pick out players with accurate passes.  Besides one miscommunication with keeper David de Gea, Rojo played a solid game.

While it was an exciting game for supporters it is important to keep in mind that this was a match against QPR.  Coming into the game Harry Redknapp’s side had a -4 goal differential only scoring one goal in three league matches.  The one goal did give them a victory against Sunderland who had drawn their match against United back in August.  Manchester United have proven that they are a side with tremendous talent and are very capable of scoring goals, but their true test will begin on October 5th when Everton comes to Old Trafford then two weeks later they have to face a vicious Chelsea attack and rivals Manchester City the following week.  The next match for the Red Devils is an away meeting with Leicester City and it is important that they continue gaining momentum against another weaker opponent.  A place of concern in my eyes is the play of Robin van Persie.  So far the Dutch national has been unable to score in the matches he’s been featured in.  It isn’t like he has been without his share of chances.  He has been getting the passes into the box and yet he has not delivered on any of them.  With the addition of Falcao I would not be surprised to see RvP lose his spot in van Gaal’s starting Xl if he continues to struggle finding the back of the net.