Manchester United went down to another disappointing loss against Sunderland who deserved to win the match over two legs yesterday.
It means that United have now lost five out of their six games in 2014 which will surely go down as one of our worst calendar months?
Following the result, a sweeping sense of unease and tension has been created among a lot of United fans and you can understand why given the recent performances. However, our starting XI for Cardiff should be the perfect tonic that everybody needs.
Robin van Persie has returned to training after so long out of the game while Wayne Rooney has been nursing his own groin problem. United have desperately missed the pair of them.
That’s an interchangeable front three of Mata/Rooney/Januzaj in behind Van Persie who plays up top. There wouldn’t be many other teams in the Premier League who could cope with them.
It would be a frightening lineup. All four in the same attacking lineup together? Incredible.
Mata’s arrival really is like Mesut Ozil’s and he is the foundation on which Arsenal have built their season so far – United can emulate that. With this lineup, we can ‘start’ the season afresh from February onwards.