QPR 0-2 Man United: Formation switch changes game

by Sam Peoples

Terrible 3-5-2. There’s no two ways about it – Louis van Gaal has to drop the 3-5-2 formation which has held Manchester United back.

They might have had more than 60% possession but in terms of attacking threat until a tactical change, QPR were the aggressor.

Much better 4-4-2. After Jonny Evans was taken off for James Wilson, United’s shape completely changed. With four players in defence, they were far more comfortable in building attacks and creating goalscoring opportunities.

It was no coincidence that United’s performance improved after Van Gaal switched the formation and surely the Dutchman will realise that United need to scrap the 3-5-2 formation in order to improve.

Marouane Fellaini the game changer. We sarcastically praised Fellaini’s introduction against West Bromwich Albion only for him to quickly score his first goal in a United a shirt. So, after he came on for Juan Mata, naturally we did the same thing.

It seems to be a good luck charm. Fellaini’s goal changed the game for United. For all the stick the Belgian midfielder has had since he joined Man United, he’s scored a couple of important goals for United this year and put in more than one good performance. Fair play to him.

If at first you don’t succeed, try again Falcao. You certainly can’t fault Falcao for trying but he still didn’t manage to get on the score sheet.

He had more than one chance to find the back of the net today but still couldn’t score. A goal is proving elusive for the Colombian at the moment.

Van Gaal wants Falcao to prove himself and although today showed his willingness to make space and get on the end of limited service, Van Gaal will be somewhat disappointed with his finishing.

Strange decision to have Phil Jones taking corners. Jones might not be the most prolific from corners but having him take corners was surely the strangest decision of the day, seeing as Wayne Rooney was on the pitch?

Go on James Wilson. It was a great cameo from Wilson today. His pace really caused QPR’s pedestrian defence lots of problems and he was ultimately rewarded with a late goal.

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