Manchester United fans could have been forgiven for having a sense of doubt about how so many new players would gel together on their Old Trafford debut against Queens Park Rangers.
Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo were making their first appearance for the club, Angel Di Maria was making his first appearance at Old Trafford whilst Ander Herrera was back in the team after coming off at half-time on the opening day.
Fellow new boys Falcao and Luke Shaw had to make do with a spot on the bench whilst Rafael Da Silva also made his first appearance of the season.
Any doubts were soon put to one side as United looked comfortable on the ball in the early stages, quick one-touch passing and pace from the likes of Di Maria gave Louis van Gaal‘s men a different dimension, one that hasn’t been seen yet this season and certainly not during David Moyes’ tenure as manager.
Di Maria was the stand out performer of a rare confident home performance for United but fellow débutantes Blind and Rojo were quietly impressive as all three took to their new home like a duck to water.
Di Maria’s man of the match performance was the talking point of the afternoon but Blind’s role as defensive midfielder was evident in the amount of times he won the ball back from the opposition whilst Rojo was strong in the air and wasn’t scared to get forward at any opportunity.
Herrera’s return to the team couldn’t have gone any better either. The Spaniard was tidy in possession and topped his day off with a fine finish from the edge of the box before assisting Wayne Rooney for United’s third goal of the day. The midfielder looked more at home than he did on the opening day against Swansea and all four will be looking to push on against Leicester City next week.
Sadly the man on loan from AS Monaco couldn’t top his debut in the same way Di Maria and Herrera had done before him, although not for the want of trying. The Colombian was denied by Robert Green but was involved in several attacks and on another day would have also got himself a debut goal.
Three points and a confidence-boosting performance was the order of the day for United but fans will be overjoyed with how comfortable every new player looked.
There will be tougher challenges ahead than QPR at home but it’s progress for Louis van Gaal and his new-look side and fans will hope the club can continue such form against Leicester City next weekend.