Under Sir Alex Ferguson Manchester United usually played well and won. But, as a mark of their killer instinct and dominance, even when they played badly they regularly took all three points.
Last season Manchester United couldn’t buy a win at times. But this year it’s all change under Louis van Gaal. After 18 months of misery the team seems to have returned to what many Manchester United fans would call its ‘natural state’.
Sure Louis van Gaal’s team hasn’t really had one sensational performance yet. But they are once more turning into a points machine. 15 in 5 games compared with 13 in the 10 matches before that. LvG knew that grinding out positive results would be a crucial factor in his early Manchester United tenure and his team is doing that brilliantly right now.
In time the performances will surely come. Manchester United have a very talented squad. But, until then, United fans will be more than happy with the status quo. Another scrappy win on Sunday will leave the home fans thrilled. Because it will put their team 10 points clear of Liverpool. And that’s a damn sight better than last year’s humiliation.
To give you an idea of how quickly things change in football, a friend of mine offered me a £500 bet that his side, Liverpool, would finish ahead of Manchester United this season. He was utterly convinced in September that United were a spent force.
But few would even pop a tenner on that bet right now.
Manchester United fans: concerned about performance levels or just happy with the points right now?