Robin Van Persie took to social media via his Twitter account on Sunday morning, to highlight an old United trait; a trait Manchester United need to reclaim swiftly.
The club will be looking to make up for the two points lost against Aston Villa by beating Newcastle United at Old Trafford, where Robin van Persie states ‘We Go Again’
Two points were dropped at the weekend in what Van Gaal called a ‘frustrating’ game vs Aston Villa. This saw United keep hold of 3rd spot by just one point after West Ham took all three in yet another impressive home win.
Maximum points would of saw United win a 7th straight game and set up a pleasant boxing day fixture against a struggling side in Newcastle. This hasn’t happened. Now the reds will be looking at this match hoping to rebound after a poor display/result against the Villans.
Comparisons are always made from Ferguson’s era at United and always will be in my eyes. Not only did he bring success but he gave United an identity. An identity that had so many different features. One being late goals. Another being, what all great teams have, the ability to bounce back after a poor result. Even under Sir Alex, United had bad results in games where they ought to win. However, the players, fans and media all knew that he would get straight back at it, instilling a confidence into the team that would see them raise the performance levels back to his adequate high standards.
Robin only played one season at OT under Ferguson however he knew how important this was. If LVG is the man to get it ‘right’ at United, this has to happen against the Magpies. In a christmas period where games come thick and fast, a good result is what is needed to build confidence and momentum.
Onto Boxing Day then, team selection is Van Gaal’s biggest headache. In defence will he stick with his 3-5-2 system that he tends to prefer due to the teams lengthy injury list or does he throw caution to the wind with the diamond formation that displays the attacking prowess of this United side. Either way, he needs to manufacture a system that combines his captain Rooney, in his best position, a midfield that can get a grip of the game against a physical side like Newcastle and finally a defence that can cope without making mistakes that we have witnessed habitually this season.
United need a win together with a good performance that would show their ability to bounce back. This is a habit any Manchester United team need to have.