5 things we learnt from Manchester United’s first game under LVG

A very interesting game in LA took pace between Manchester United and The Galaxy. We can’t remember a more emphatic performance for a first preseason game.

Here are some stand out insights.


We have said it before and we will say it again – this guy is made for Manchester United. He seemed absolutely made up with the performance in his post match interview after the LA Galaxy game and called Manchester United ‘my team’.

We think he’s going to absolutely thrive at Manchester United and we will see a very strong league campaign from The Reds.


Jones, Smalling and Evens started the game as a three in the defence and all of them looked comfortable. This will give LVG confidence that the situation at the back isn’t all that bad despite the massive departures this summer.

We imagine at least one of Hummels, De Vrij and Vermaelen will come in to offer more depth.


Scored a brilliant goal, looked very sharp and generally seems to have improved his technique since last season. This is a sort of lad who could really blossom under the guidance of Louis van Gaal.


Herrera is already proving to be a sensational signing and he was easily man of the match against Galaxy. The other thing we noticed as his link up play with Mata which seems telepathic already. These two are dead certs to play in front of a holding midfielder.


It seems so obvious now that Louis van Gaal is using the right formation for Manchester United considering the players that they have at their disposal.

Mata and Kagawa clearly didn’t enjoy playing wide for David Moyes and a 5-3-2 allows them all to enjoy a more central role. It also gives Welbeck the central position he craves.

Manchester United will keep their width but by employing wing backs. Valencia and Reece James were excellent. Shaw was quiet on his debut but will grow into that role.