How many Manchester United fans saw that Holland result coming at the weekend?
Those loyal to Manchester United would have been particularly interested in the game with their new manager Louis van Gaal at the helm.
Looking at a largely youthful line up before the game some were concerned that Holland would under perform at the championship.
But the mobility, youthful exuberance and athleticism of the young players, combined with the unerring finishing ability of Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben meant that Holland smashed the opposition.
Manchester United fans would have been particularly pleased to have seen the way that LvG set up and managed the team.
Very few teams go with three centre backs these days and it illustrates that the Dutchman is not just confident in his own ability but is clearly something of a maverick. He’s also patently touched with genius. How Manchester United missed such a man at the helm last season.
The Daily Mail suggested over the weekend that Manchester United could go for Arjen Robben this summer. The player himself has stated that he will stay in Germany but the rumours will only intensify if Robben continues to click with RvP and LvG.
We think that Robben, who’s combined transfer fees have topped 81m Euros (3.9M to PSV, 18m to Chelsea, 35m to Real and 25m to Bayern) would be a fantastic addition to the Manchester United side and his inclusion definitely wouldn’t mean the end of Wayne Rooney.
Robin van Persie and Robben played up top for Holland against Spain to fantastic effect in a 3-5-2 formation on Friday.
We think that they could do the same thing at Manchester United with Wayne Rooney playing just behind in the Wesley Sneijder role.
With Rooney playing in the advanced attacking midfield role behind those two he would be constantly involved, providing key passes and assists, as well as helping out his midfield and turning up late in the box to score lots of goals. It’s a role which would sit him perfectly.
We think that, regardless of Robben, Manchester United could well set up in a 3-5-2 at times next season.
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