Louis van Gaal embraced a ‘new start’ at Manchester United as his new-look side overcame a weak Queens Park Rangers side 4-0 on a positive Sunday afternoon for the team.
Goals from Angel Di Maria, Ander Herrera, Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata completed a comfortable afternoon for the club and the manager was happy to see progress in the performance and a first three points of the season.
“It’s a very good start,” Van Gaal said after the full time whistle.
“I said before the game, ‘Let’s make a new start again’.
“Since 1 September, we only had three days together before the game with the internationals coming back and with the jetlag, like Falcao.
“I think the result is fantastic, but we can get better. We have made a very good new start.”
Both Van Gaal and fans alike would have been surprised yet quietly impressed how the new look United gelled together quickly and the overall pace of United’s performance was much quicker, fluid and confident than in recent weeks and months.
But despite one or two things still to improve on, Van Gaal was happy with the result and said he was particularly happy with the way the team played as a whole.
He added: “As a coach you always have points that you can improve. I said that at half-time and also after the match.
“But I am very happy with the result because of the way we have played. We were very dominant and we scored goals. A clean sheet is also very important.”
That attitude is precisely why Van Gaal is the right man to take United forward as with the Dutchman at the helm, the fear factor will return at Old Trafford.