What We Learned: Manchester United can play beautiful football


Manchester United dominated yet another match at Old Trafford. This time, in the Europa League against Feyenoord where United came out victors. The 4-0 win was a change in pace for United after three consecutive Premier League matches at home where United have drawn after domination from start to end of the match.

This team can play beautiful football

United’s fluidity was phenomenal throughout the match. Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Wayne Rooney all linked up well. Mata was his usual self, getting into good positions and creating chances for United. He got his goal in the 70th minute after United pressed for most of the second half. United’s nice play continued as Ibrahimovic’s cross redirected in off of Brad Jones’ foot and into the Feyenoord net for the Red Devils third goal.

Mkhitaryan can create

The Armenian midfielder had a slow start to the match but found a flow and looked to be the best dribbler on the team. In the second half, Mkhitaryan came close to getting a Feyenoord defender sent off after he dribbled past three defenders to get beyond the backline, but he fell over and the referee elected to wave off the challenge rather than giving a foul and a probable red card. Mkhitaryan’s confidence went up from there as the former Dortmund man

Rooney is not quite finished yet

Wayne Rooney looked much better than he has looked all season long. The captain had fantastic movement and looked like he wanted the ball. He scored a great goal to break the deadlock, which certainly boosted the No. 10’s confidence as he broke the club record for European goals at 39. Rooney continued to find space with the ball, create openings by running into space and played several fine passes. One of Rooney’s nifty passes found Mata to double United’s lead and help secure the important three points.

It’s all about the midfield

Michael Carrick and Paul Pogba did a fine job at controlling the match’s tempo. United ran through the midfield yet again, and this time they won. Whether it’s Pogba and Carrick, Carrick and Herrera, or some other combination between these three, there seems to be an understanding between them. The middle of the field looks under control and United look unstoppable when the center of the park is clicking.


Finally, dominating possession turned into goals. United dominated from start to finish and at last won the match. The struggle to score after controlling matches has been an issue this season under Jose Mourinho, but that changed. Rooney had a great match, Mkhitaryan finally started and had some promising play and overall, the team looks like they are working well together. The fluidity from the team as a whole is a wonderful adjustment and United need to have more of the same in upcoming matches.

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