Six reasons why Man United are getting it right – Next stop Champions League?

first_img 6 4. Marouane Fellaini is putting in mature performances – Click the arrow to see the reasons Man United are finally getting things right! – Forget the flying elbows and dodgy tackles. The Belgian gives Man United’s midfield an extra dimension, which most Premier League sides can’t compete with. His aerial prowess is allowing him to win the ball in the middle of the park and his ability to control the ball with his chest is particularly admirable. Add to this a newfound energy, which sees him press opponents without tumbling into a tackle and the 27-year-old is looking a far more mature player. 3. Louis van Gaal has got himself a settled defence – Click the arrow to see the reasons Man United are finally getting things right! – Against both Tottenham and Liverpool, Louis van Gaal was able to call on the same back five and across both games United conceded just the one goal. If his defensive stars can steer clear of injury it could seriously boost their hopes of clinching a top four spot and Champions League qualification. 6. Ander Herrera is proving a point – Click the arrow to see the reasons Man United are finally getting things right! – All of a sudden Man United seem to be getting things right and talkSPORT is looking at the reasons for this beginning with Ander Herrera’s inclusion. Why it has taken so long for manager Louis van Gaal to place his trust in the Spaniard we’re not quite sure, but giving him a run in the team is paying dividends now. Herrera’s all-round game is superb and he contributes well at both ends of the pitch – it was his sumptuous pass which led Juan Mata scoring the opener at Anfield. He’ll be a key figure during their run-in. 6 5. David De Gea is sweeping up – Click the arrow to see the reasons Man United are finally getting things right! – With Van Gaal’s side pushing up the pitch, Liverpool tried their best to get in behind Chris Smalling and Phil Jones. De Gea, though, was having none of it. Quick off his line, the Spain international proved he isn’t just a shot-stopper throughout the match, dealing with almost everything his opponents threw at him. 6 6 6 6 2. The majestic Michael Carrick is in fine form – Click the arrow to see the reasons Man United are finally getting things right! – Pick up the ball. Pass it on. Carrick’s performance is rarely spectacular, just hypnotically metronomic. You won’t see him diving into challenges. He just makes important interceptions and clearances in front of defence before spraying the ball out to his team-mates across the pitch. Van Gaal has clearly warmed to his abilities. All of a sudden, after the misery of an FA Cup exit to Arsenal, Manchester United finally look like they’re getting things right.Juan Mata’s brilliant double helped the Red Devils to a magnificent 2-1 victory over Liverpool, which followed a stunning 3-0 triumph at Old Trafford against Tottenham.All this, just weeks after looking shambolic and shapeless against a Gunners side who are, once again, sleepwalking to a place in the top four and the FA Cup final.So talkSPORT has taken a look at the six reasons why Louis van Gaal and Manchester United are finally getting things right.Click the right arrow above to scroll through our gallery… 1. Results have bred confidence – despite poor performances – We all know the performances haven’t been great recently but positive results appear to be working wonders for the confidence of certain players. Juan Mata looks like the joyful maestro we saw in his peak at Chelsea, Daley Blind is coolness personified, Chris Smalling, with his charges forward, is looking more Franz Beckenbauer than William Prunier, while Ashley Young could play himself back into the England squad.last_img

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