It is really unfortunate that Manchester United's very first competitive match under Louis Van Gaal ended up with a 2-1 defeat to Swansea. Is it true that Manchester United's current players are no longer able to compete in the English Premier League? The naysayers will of course agree while true, Red Devils fans will claim that this is just a minor hiccup to an otherwise glorious campaign? What it the doubters are correct? David Moyes will rightfully allow himself some schadenfreude towards those who gave him the boot.
It appears that Manchester United players are still very unsure about the positions that they should be playing Regardless of the formation being deployed by their new Dutch coach-Louis van Gaal, United still performed rather unconvincingly, especially in defense department. 3 very important defensive senior players have left and without Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra, United looked so brittle when defending. Both Swansea goals has come from the visitors' ability to across the goal to be knocked past helpless David de Gea.
The only consolation from United's performance was Rooney's equaliser which was a close-range overhead kick. A beautiful goal no doubt but it came from a set piece. And that goes to show that United clearly lack creativity that is needed to dismantle defense. Moreover, the current attacking players that the Red Devils have do no have any pace at all. Rooney-the new captain, is certainly not the kind of player that can outrun defense and neither is van Persie or Juan Mata. So Manchester United needs a reinforcement that will not only provide them creativity but speed as well.
The good news is that Manchester United might be able to land the pacey Di Maria from Real Madrid very soon and he will be the creative attacking midfielder that could bring out the best of all the other Red Devils. Until anything is confirmed, Louis van Gaal must not stop to look for reinforcement. He should not be repeating David Moyes mistake last season. Hopefully our glory days will be back soon. Until then...everyone in United must be on their toes and grit their teeth to win every single match. It will be a tough season.