Free flowing, high tempo attacking football that forces opponents on the back foot from the first whistle until an early lead is established.
No, we’re not talking about Manchester United under Sir Alex, we’re talking about the performance of Louis van Gaal‘s side against Tottenham Hotspur.
Sir Alex was watching on from the stands and would have been delighted with what he saw because that’s the United he nurtured, one driven by an attacking ethos and a real cutting edge at Old Trafford. Although he’d have sent his players out to go for the jugular in the second half instead of holding back, overall it was the sort of exciting performance fans have been wanting to see.
Arguably, that was United’s best 90 minute performance since Sir Alex retired. It wasn’t just the goals, it was the manner of everything. The football was flowing, the tempo was intense and Spurs had no time to breath on the ball. Man United put them under pressure right from the start and made the stands inside Old Trafford close in on Pochettino’s men like a python squeezing its victim for 45 minutes.
Harry Kane carried as much attacking threat as a candy cane because United were so aggressively dominant and having seen the likes of Burnley come to Old Trafford and play like the home team, it was great to see that sort of performance.
United have had some good performances this season (Hull and QPR for example) but in the biggest Premier League game of the year so far, United found a new gear and really turned on the style.
Ahead of an away trip to Anfield, it was the perfect performance to inject some confidence into van Gaal’s side.