It’s a wonderful start to the season. While you shouldn’t get carried away with the fact that Manchester United won 7-0 in their first pre-season friendly, it was the manner of the victory that made it so impressive.
United were in complete control from the first whistle and dominated proceedings from the moment Danny Welbeck put United 1-0 up. The attacking was relentless yet measured and the finishing was superb.
Few could have predicted a start as good as that.
Every player was comfortable. Van Gaal made it clear in his post-match interview that he played people in their preferred positions and it really showed. Everybody was fully committed and looked comfortable.
That is what you want the best managers to do because playing the best XI players doesn’t always correlate to the best XI as a team collective and Van Gaal clearly understands that which bodes very well for the season ahead.
Take a bow Ander Herrera. While it would be unfair to completely focus on the outstanding debut performance from Herrera, it would be a disservice to him if we didn’t give it a special mention.
Herrera’s debut performance was everything any United fan could have wanted it to be and more. Three assists and a complete control of the game made him the linchpin of United’s 7-0 victory.
He was deservedly named Chevrolet man of the match and fans are now overfilled with excitement at the prospect of seeing him in the Premier League next season.
Louis van Gaal‘s methods have had an instant impact. During the week, Van Gaal was working on shooting practice with the squad. A video showed him telling Antonio Valencia and Wayne Rooney not to simply hit the ball as hard as possible but to take a look at the goalkeeper and place the ball into the corner.
The players took that advice on board and it paid dividends as so many of the finishes were calmly slotted into the corner with a side foot that gave the goalkeeper no chance.
Van Gaal admitted he was proud of the players following the victory and he’ll be very happy they took his advice on board.
The philosophy is apparent. What is clear above all else is that United are going to have a clear philosophy this season under Van Gaal. He knows precisely know he wants his team to play and he will teach them how to do it until they get it right and it’s something we desperately lacked last season.