By, Kyle Gibson
Manchester United finally showed confidence going forward with its new stars Ander Herrera, Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind and Radamel Falcao.
Most important today, though, was Angel DiMaria. DIMaria was magic on the pitch, scoring from a free kick and creating tons of chances from the midfield. This is a huge chance for DiMaria, who has never truly been “the man” on the world stage. He can make this star studded group his, with performances like todays.
Ander Herrera scored his first United goal today, with a nice shot from the 18. Herrera, at 24, is still a younger player. If he can start around 22 games, he will have valuable experience going forward. Way to shake off a lackluster first game against Swansea.
Wayne Rooney scored as well, with a clinical shot in the first half. Rooney has plenty to prove on this team as well, with Louis Van Gaal’s boy Robin Van Persie and world star Radamel Falcao in the team. I really think there should always be a spot for Rooney in this team. He is a proven, high volume EPL scorer.
Finally, Juan Mata got on the scoresheet as well. There has been much made about Mata’s future at United already, but I think he is too good to let go. He now has two goals this season and could become a regular part of this rotation.
Good job by the back line to not allow a goal today. The line was a little makeshift with Rafael, Rojo, Evans and Blackett. You would expect Phil Jones to start for Evans and Luke Shaw for Blackett when they return from injury. The added depth at defense has been needed for seasons.
All in all, it was an easy game, yes, but this team tied Sunderland and Burnley as well. Next up,Leicester City and a much tougher test from a resilient team.