Manchester United picked up their first win of the season on Sunday with a comfortable 4-0 victory at home overQueens Park Rangers.Angel di Maria put the hosts ahead on 24 minutes before goals from Ander Herrera and Wayne Rooney gave United a commanding lead at the break.Louis van Gaal's side then sealed the points after half time when Juan Mata found the net with an hour played.
The Red Devils began the match at a high tempo, and they managed to keep that up for most of the afternoon. There were one or two moments defensively that might have had the manager worried, but it was in attack where they imposed themselves brilliantly. Angel di Maria, Juan Mata and Wayne Rooney caused QPR the most the problems with their dynamism and energy, while Ander Herrera and Daley Blind provided good cover in midfield. United still have a long way to go before they start providing a consistent challenge around the top of the table, though this result and performance will give everyone at the club a much-needed lift.
United's British record signing Angel Di Maria was the star of the show on his home debut, scoring one goal and making another in what was a very easy win. Di Maria was a perfect fit in United's midfield diamond and his display should make Van Gaal think hard about switching back to a three-man defence
Blind's first game at Old Trafford was nowhere near as spectacular as Di Maria's, but he was also exactly what United needed in their midfield. He kept things simple - he was neat and tidy on the ball and rarely gave it away. Most importantly, though, he was always in position in front of his two center-backs, and shielding his defence. It is safe to say Jonny Evans and Tyler Blackett are extremely happy with the job he did.
Putting aside all the personal fillings and attachments, QPR has left questions unanswered. Winning 4-0 was a very good result for United but any praise for their performance has to be tempered by the fact QPR were so poor. Harry Redknapp's side played very deep, and their five men in midfield did not press United when they had the ball - instead, they sat back and let them play. We do not know how they will cope defensively when teams try to get at them, or if they will look so dangerous in attack when teams do not drop off and allow them time and space on the ball. There are tougher tests ahead, but United under Van Gaal are up and running at last, and there is definitely more to come from them.
Knowing LVG, he may go back to his preferred three man defence system. On the pre match conference, he said “I am lining four at the back because I don’t have enough center backs to play with three.” Would it make me selfish if I were to wish Chris Smalling and Phil Jones to stay injured… just long enough to convince Louis Van Gaal that the diamond, the beautiful diamond, formation suits everyone in the team? At least when he is playing up against relegated material opponents? I don’t suppose it does……fingers crossed then. Witten by Yisfalem Alemayehu