Manchester United got one over on the old enemy this afternoon, and in some style too. Louis van Gaal guided himself to a 3-0 victory over Liverpool, making it six wins in a row heading into that hectic Christmas period. United are now five points clear of Southampton in fifth place, and are slowly opening up a gap between themselves and a top four spot.
Here are the five things we learned from today:
1. David de Gea is the best in the world
Wow. There is no doubt that David de Gea is the best goalkeeper on the planet on current form, and the 24-year old is improving every week. More stunning saves from Raheem Sterling and Mario Balotelli further confirmed that today, and its made even more special when you consider he hasn’t had a settled back four in his four years at the club.
2. Louis van Gaal isn’t scared of making big decisions
Today Louis proved just how confident he is. He dropped Ander Herrera for Juan Mata, and also left Radamel Falcao on the bench in favour of young James Wilson. Both decisions were proven correct eventually, and once again the Iron Tulip came out on top.
3. United’s defence must improve
The amount of chances that Liverpool had today is still worrying. Raheem Sterling managed to get in through on goal many more times than United would’ve wanted, and Mario Balotelli found himself in space far too often. If United sort this problem out, then they’ll be a force to be reckoned with.
4. Injuries are still an issue
Marcos Rojo is the latest casualty as the Argentine pulled up in training yesterday and the gaffer didn’t want to risk him. The extent of the injury is still unknown, so hopefully it won’t keep him out for long.
5. Manchester United are a side on the up
United are winning, and winning ugly. At the end of the day three points are three points, and if the performances start improving with the results continuing. A title challenge isn’t beyond these lads as we go into the second half of the season.