United 3 - 0 Hull City
Smalling Carrick Rojo
Valencia Fellaini Mata Di Maria(Herrera) Young
Rooney van Persie(Falcao)
I was camping during the past four days hence the late post. Obviously, I did find time to get out of the camp site and find a place where I can watch my beloved United. However, I only got to watch the second half.
Van Gaal described this as the best performance this season. It was a very professional performance by the boys but we have to keep in mind that we were only playing Hull at home. Having said that, it's always good to see United win games against teams we're expected to beat. At the beginning of this season, we were dropping points against average teams such as Leicester, Burnley and Swansea. We weren't particularly convincing in our wins either. We beat Everton and West Ham at home but only just. Therefore, it was very relieving to see United control the game from start to finish and pass the opposition to death. The only downside of this game was Di Maria's injury. The rest was almost perfect.
Smalling, Rooney and van Persie scored the goals. Smalling has put his nightmare display at City behind him as he's been putting in one commanding display after another. Rooney has hit his best form in years and he seems to be relishing his captaincy role. It was also very nice to see that van Persie's goalscoring abilities are still alive and well. Excellent goal by the Dutchman.
Herrera, Mata and Carrick were excellent while Fellaini keeps confirming that he's not the joke that he used to be last season. He's become a fixture in our midfield and I cannot recall a single poor performance by the lad since the game vs. WBA. Van Gaal did say that he has the ability to improve every player under his stewardship. Fellaini is a prime example of this and so are Young, Valencia and Smalling. Let's hope we keep improving as a team. Stoke next.