Memphis could become the new King of Old Trafford – Five things we learned from United victory
Published 19/08/2015 | 07:30
A brace from Memphis Depay and a goal at the death sealed a 3-1 win for Van Gaal's side over Club Brugge ahead of the return leg. Here is what we learned on the night.
Memphis could become the new King of Old Trafford
Manchester United fans might consider the right-foot wizardry of their new No 7 the best thing to come out of Memphis since Elvis released ‘Jailhouse Rock’. United have struggled for a superstar on the wing since Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure. Angel Di Maria looked nothing but a hound dog in the jersey. Depay already has Old Trafford All Shook Up.
Rooney wants to play everywhere
Put Wayne in midfield and he wants to get back upfront. Make him the No 10 and he’d prefer to be the No 9. Ask him to be the No 9, and he drops so deep for possession he could be the anchorman. Basically, Wayne Rooney still wants to be the kid on the playground who runs and plays everywhere.
Belgian fans are multilingual mickey-takers
The Club Brugge fans treated Old Trafford to a host of clichéd English chants, most seemingly inspired by the 1980s video collections of Match of the Day.
“Shall we sing a song for you?” they asked the Stretford End.
“You only sing when you’re winning,” soon followed. A rendition of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” and “Liverpool” didn’t go down too well, but at least it was in perfect English. Will United fans respond in Flemish next week?
Juan Mata needs to watch more David Silva videos
On the surface, Juan Mata ought to be to United what David Silva is to Manchester City - a playmaker, gliding from the sidelines into central areas, knitting the midfield to the strikers. Instead, he too often wants an extra touch or few seconds to see the pass.
He is a class below his neighbour from The Etihad and offers as much a tactical problem as solution to his side.
Welcome to 'Louis Time'
Referee Deniz Aytekin virtually had the whistle to his lips at United grabbed what must be a crucial third goal. The game had gone beyond the third minute of injury time when Marouane Fellaini rose to give United a two goal-cushion.
It was the kind of late intervention United’s ex-legendary manager once mastered. The era of ‘Louis Time’ may be upon us.