Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal professed this week that he could ‘improve any player’ and his early months at Old Trafford certainly suggest the Dutchman isn’t far off with his bold statement.
It wouldn’t be difficult to point the finger at any player and say they are performing worse than they did under David Moyes but the reincarnation of players like Ashley Young and Marouane Fellaini recently was unexpected.
But recently Smalling and Rojo have formed a strong partnership at the back whilst Young has continued the good form he showed in pre-season despite being played constantly out of position. Young was one of United’s best players against Stoke whilst Marouane Fellaini‘s rise since coming on against West Brom is the biggest surprise of the season.
Fellaini had barely made an appearance under the new manager but since scoring within minutes of coming on at The Hawthorns, Fellaini has started six games in a row, adding another goal to his tally against Stoke as well as a string of influential and improved performances.
Whilst some took a while to adapt to Van Gaal’s new system at Old Trafford, every player has showed an improvement of sorts this season and United have already spent more time in the top four than they ever did under Moyes.
Van Gaal has also given chances to youngsters such as Jesse Lingard, James Wilson, Tyler Blacktt, Andreas Perreira and Patrick McNair during his short time at the club and United supporters will hope their new manager can continue to improve the fortunes of some of the club’s forgotten men.