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What We Learned: Manchester United 3-0 Tottenham Hotspur – Barclays Premier League

What were you all fretting about? A much better showing this evening and here is What We Learned;

Ebb And Flow

The three words that sum up Manchester United’s afternoon. In all honesty I could just write the one paragraph because it covers all bases. United were ruthless in the first half and put clear distance between them and Tottenham. Marouane Fellaini was correctly called Man of the Match, pivotal in the first two goals with a composed finish and a trademark bullish header in the area for Michael Carrick’s. Love or loathe the style of play when he’s in the side you can’t ignore his influence this season. And talking of style of play, the talk of ‘oh another long ball game to Fellaini today then’ was wide of the mark because United played the long ball only when necessary, only one of the goals came from a set piece and the other two from play on the floor. The second half was all about playing it on the floor, United controlled everything and made sure nothing was given to Tottenham.

The Impressive Majority

Which is everyone bar David De Gea (because he had absolutely nothing to do) in all honesty. Phil Jones started shaky with a slip and a charity shot on goal (he knew Tottenham wouldn’t threaten much and felt sorry for them) but went from strength to strength, if he and Chris Smalling can stay fit then they may well have turned a corner in their careers. Daley Blind at left back looks a good choice over Luke Shaw at the minute and Antonio Valencia justified his inclusion after his nightmare on Monday. The midfield benefited from Carrick being in there, it shows the difference between him and Blind, he bought the steadiness only he can and allowed Ander Herrera to bomb on. Juan Mata deserves praise as he showed Louis van Gaal what he’s been missing playing the disappointing Angel Di Maria over him and Wayne Rooney was absolutely incredible today, lead by example from the word go.

Conclusion

I conclude now because I could bang on all day to the same tune. Today is the first time in a long time the Louis van Gaal ‘philosophy’ has shown itself. Quick tempo, sharp passing and calmness ensued and the cut throat attitude to take advantage of a woeful Tottenham is showing signs of making tracks to United’s old way of playing (though I do hate that saying passionately). The van Gaal out brigade will soon (I hope) have very red faces as once again I am proven right, you don’t get anywhere sacking manager after manager. For me it has to be that 11 against Liverpool next week, Ashley Young hasn’t yet had a mention but my comments last time about the Ballon d’Or aren’t feeling quite as ludicrous anymore (OK they are). On Monday the players let everybody down but today they more than made up for it. If United beat Liverpool next week United go above City and things start to click into place at the business end of the season. Perfect timing it would be, and I’m gaining confidence its possible. Come out of this run unbeaten and second isn’t far from reach.

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