BPL: Manchester United 4 - 0 QPR

It was one of those games that I felt confident about....with the new signings and the "feel good" factor thanks to the arrival of players like Di Maria, Rojo, Blind and Falcao. 

Di Maria shows why he is worth £59.7m

When the team was announced, it felt good, with Rafael coming back from injury and seeing the new faces in the name. With Falcao named on the bench, it was even more terriying...United's attacking force with RVP, Rooney, Mata, Di Maria, Herrera, Blind....I was expecting some goal scoring spree despite the previous poor performances.

Well, from the start of the game, it was obvious...the movement and pace of United's new faces are so much more ruthless, quick and precise. Right from the start, Blind took and played his role with such effectiveness...screening position in front of the back four. Rojo ensured that his debut game was a good one as he brought strength and presence in the left back...Herrera was good in his skill and positioning in the midfiend, while Di Maria displayed his class, pace and football skill on the left wing through the middle. It was great to see how quickly Van Gaal could accommodate the team to suit Mata, Rooney and Van Persie....a change in his preferred 3 defenders also deserve some praise. 

Di Maria and Rooney

Well, it was frustrating as we had to wait 24 minutes before Di Maria struck his first goal for United...a brilliant free kick. The £59.7m signing's free-kick floated over its intended targets and, with goalkeeper Rob Green standing still in expectation of a touch, bounced inside the far post. There was a scare for the fans when De Gea made a wrong decision to come out for the challenge on the ball, only for Matt Phillips to have a clear shot. But Johnny Evans was the man to save the day after his previous mistakes....he definitely looked much more comfortable playing with 4 defenders...a thing to ponder for Van Gaal.

12 minutes later, a brilliant run from Di Maria caught the attention of 2 of QPR defenders, but Di Maria passed it to Rooney. Rooney tried to shoot but it was blocked but the England and Manchester United's captain continued to pass it to Herrera and the Spaniard drilled a low shot into the bottom corner. 

From there, it was all the way for United....and the 4-0 result doesn't fully reflect the chances that United has. Van Persie wasted a few golden opportunities as well...but at the 44th minute, Rooney scored after a brilliant exchange passes between Di Maria and Herrera. 

The introduction of Armand Traore improved QPR after the break, but Mata and Rooney's over-elaboration with the goal at their mercy, and the rueful smiles that followed, summed up the exhibition pace of the second half.

Mata did not have to wait long for another chance - blasting home after Di Maria shanked an ambitious effort into his path.

After that, the introduction of Falcao was greeted with loud cheers...and even with just about 20 minutes to go, Falcao could have score his first if Green wasn't quick to scramble for a recovery safe.

While it's too quick to say United is back on track, the fear factor is there...even when we look at the bench, we feel that any team playing against United will feel lucky to get away with a point. Hopefully, the good times are back.