Manchester United overcame a resilient Stoke City side 2-1 at Old Trafford last night, with the home side making it four wins in a row and topping the form guide over the past five league games. Louis van Gaal’s men seem to be hitting form just at the right time, so here are the five things we learned from the latest game:
1. James Wilson has a huge future
The young man played a crucial role in the game last night. He ran at Stoke all evening, and didn’t give them a breather once. His pace and power was terrific, particularly on the break, and he did more than enough to warrant a start next time out.
2. David de Gea is the best thing since sliced bread
He had a quiet game for the best part of ninety minutes, but a sign of all good keepers is that they never switch off. David de Gea made a world class save in the dying embers of the game which preserved all three points for the reds – and not for the first time this season either.
3. Marouane Fellaini has something to offer Manchester United
Another great performance from the big Belgian, and he added a goal too. Fellaini has arguably been our best outfield player this season, putting in commanding performance after commanding performance. The midfielder has grown in confidence with each passing week, and once again he was outstanding.
4. That winning mentality is slowly but surely returning
Louis van Gaal has given United that belief again, and Old Trafford is slowly but surely becoming a fortress once more. The lads seem to have that never say die attitude, and you felt that if Moyes was still in charge, United wouldn’t have won that game last night.
5. Robin van Persie needs to step his game up, and quick
Our flying Dutchman needs to start firing on all cylinders again. Yes, he scored against Hull, but the performance last night was another sub-part one. If he isn’t careful, he could find himself out of the side with Louis van Gaal opting for James Wilson and Wayne Rooney instead.