Peter Schmeichel delighted with Manchester United’s display against Derby

by Tanveer Arayan

Peter Schmeichel has insisted he was “really happy” with Manchester United’s performance in the 3-1 win over Derby on Friday.

Man United were much improved at Pride Park as goals from Wayne Rooney, Daley Blind and Juan Mata sealed their progression into the next round of the FA Cup.

Schmeichel, who was part of United’s famous treble-winning side in the 1998/99 season, singled out Guillermo Varela for special praise after the clash.

“In the second half, I’m not going to say it was brilliant, but it was so much better than what we’ve seen in recent weeks,” Schmeichel said.

“It was much better than the first half and the big positives today were the full-backs. When I see Varela play, I don’t understand why he’s been on the bench. He was superb. I think the performance in the second half was really good and as a fan I was really happy with what the team did.”

Varela, filling in for the injured Matteo Darmian at right-back, was superb against Derby and he did his reputation the world of good.

United as a whole played with a conviction, pace and energy which has been sorely lacking in recent weeks. Although Derby didn’t provide much in the way of resistance, it is a step in the right direction for Louis van Gaal’s side.

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