Five things we learned: United’s 1-1 draw with Stoke City

1. Radamel Falcao has something to offer

El Tigre put in a superb performance today, and was somewhat unfortunate to be substituted midway through the second half. The Columbian took his goal excellently and grew into the game as it went on, maybe Van Gaal was protecting him from tiredness after a lengthy injury layoff.

2. Louis van Gaal isn’t keen on Rafael 

Rafael missed out despite being back in training for a few weeks now, but perhaps more startling is the fact that the gaffer opted for Ashley Young as right-wingback instead. When you couple that with the media constantly linking us to right-backs, it certainly spells trouble for our Brazilian.

3. Wayne Rooney is better as a striker

Wayne Rooney played excellently as a midfielder against Newcastle, but in the last couple of games he has struggled to stamp his influence on them. He’s a natural striker rather than a midfielder for me, and the further up the field he plays, the better.

4. United have their never say die attitude back

United found themselves under some threat in the second half from Stoke, but the lads dug in and kept Peter Crouch and company at bay. On another day, probably under David Moyes, United would’ve wilted and Stoke would have won it late on.

5. Even Van Gaal gets his substitutions wrong

Bringing on Adnan Januzaj as a wing-back was the wrong decision for me. He could have no influence on the game in an attacking sense and it left Jonny Evans exposed due to the Belgian’s inability to defend. Now Januzaj is getting pelters from United fans about the performance, and for me its unwarranted.

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