QPR 0 - 2 United
Jones Evans(Wilson) Rojo
Valencia Carrick Blind Mata(Fellaini) Rooney
Di Maria(Herrera) Falcao
That's our third away win this season against a team that only lost twice at home. So it's 3 good points won. We didn't set any houses on fire, far from it, but did just enough to deserve a win. Our first half performance was dreadful, we had lots of possession but did absolutely nothing with it. We had one good chance to score but Green saved Falcao's effort. On the other side, De Gea produced two excellent saves to keep Charlie Austin off the scoresheet.
For the second half, van Gaal heard my prayers and changed the formation to 4-4-2 and we were far better. I just don't get why he's insisting with his 3-5-2 formation when it definitely ain't working. I guess that's the arrogance of the man. But that's stupid because it is evident that the team does not function well with his dreaded wing-back formation. Furthermore, why on earth is Di Maria being played in attack when we've got Rooney? He doesn't seem to know what to do with his back to goal. In fact, Di Maria was miles better during the second half when he played deeper.
The introduction of Fellaini, in place of Mata, brought about the physical presence that we needed in midfield while Wilson's speed gave QPR's defence a couple of headaches. So those were two good subs. LVG's decision to bring them on was vindicated as the two scored our goals. The first was a thunderbolt by Fellaini after a fine buildup while the second was well finished by Wilson after a quick breakaway right at the death.
Falcao was denied two goals during the second half after some excellent stops by Green and some brilliant defending by Caulker. I almost felt sorry for Falcao during this game. He worked his socks off and managed to get himself in some excellent positions only to be brilliantly denied by QPR's goalie and defenders. He is a world class striker and with a bit more game time I think he'll get back to his old self. My hunch is that he'll be back banging goals soon. Having said that, it was also my hunch that Moyes was going to get to grips after the shaky start we had last season. We all know what happened next. Let's hope I'm right this time.
I'm writing this post after Arsenal's win vs City. They are now breathing down our necks and I'm a tad worried about them. We need to get that top 4 position this year otherwise it'll take time to get back on track and reinstate ourselves as England's, and indeed Europe's, best. Heck, even Liverpool are too close for comfort. Come on United!