Manchester United might have a very poor away record in the Premier League this year but with wins against Arsenal, Southampton and Liverpool, Louis van Gaal‘s side has been getting results in some of the toughest away games.
Anfield is the hardest away of the season but for the first 40 minutes, Man United played like they were the home team. With 65% possession, United were in total control. It was unprecedented because that never happens at Anfield, instead it is a place where United are usually forced on the back foot right from the start.
Yet, United played comfortably in a hostile atmosphere and up against the league’s in-form side, van Gaal’s side turned the screw. Having impressed against Tottenham Hotspur last weekend, United built on that platform today.
At home, United drew against Chelsea and beat Spurs but there are still some tough fixtures to come. Manchester City visit in less than two weeks and the penultimate game of the season is against Arsenal at Old Trafford but United will go into these games full of confidence rather than dread.
If you’re looking for a sign of the progress under van Gaal, look no further than United’s record against the teams around us at the top of the league. Measuring United’s progress against our closest rivals is the best way to judge how this season has gone and with less than ten games left this season, United are right in the hunt for second place.