4-4-2 is here to stay. Gone was the frustrating 3-5-2 and Manchester United looked all the better for it. Falcao, van Persie, Di Maria and Januzaj linked up freely to put United 3-0 up by the break.
Whilst it wasn’t perfect, it was fluent and United looked like a bunch of players finally linking as a team. The second half was quiet with the job done but the likes of Januzaj and Falcao continued to have good games and Louis van Gaal will hope they take that momentum into Tuesday’s cup replay.
Van Persie has a future at Old Trafford. Hadn’t scored since the 3-0 against Liverpool before Christmas but looked at home today. Linked up with Daley Blind (where have we seen that before?) for the opening goal and had an all-round top afternoon.
Angel Di Maria is crucial to United. The Argentinian looked up for it from the off, ran at Leicester all day and finally looked back to the player he was before injuries took over.
His pace caused havoc, particularly for the second as he ran through before Falcao slid home the rebound. It was a welcome return to top form for United’s number seven.
Blind can have a great United career. Didn’t look that comfortable playing in the defence against both QPR and Cambridge but showed his class playing ahead of them today.
Blind’s lack of pace is complimented by his reading of the game, his positioning and his passing and he was the man who created the opener with a lovely ball for van Persie. Overall he was superb and there will be plenty more of that to come.
Rooney’s position is a problem. He slotted into the midfield really well before Christmas, popping up with goals against Liverpool and Newcastle but the captain has struggled since.
Against Leicester he really struggled on a day where his team-mates ran riot. His short passing just isn’t quite there so where does Rooney fit in when push comes to shove? That’s a question for the gaffer.
Defence still needs work. On an otherwise positive afternoon, Phil Jones particularly showed why fans get frustrated with him. One poor piece of play meant David de Gea had to be alert whilst the team fell asleep to allow the visitors a late consolation.
United can’t be so generous when the likes of City and Arsenal come to Old Trafford.