With Manchester United’s heavily funded renaissance well and truly triggered following a 4-0 win over QPR, Louis van Gaal must make his first properly tough decision as manager when the Red Devils travel to Leicester.
The renewed strength of a United team which brushed aside QPR was there for all to see on the scoreboard alone.
Star of the show Angel Di Maria christened his home debut with a curling free-kick, fellow newbie Ander Herrera bagged and Juan Mata’s goal extended an excellent start to the campaign for the roving Spaniard.
Meanwhile, Wayne Rooney’s second goal of the season elevated the skipper to the exalted company of Thierry Henry as joint third-highest Premier League scorer of all time.
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All in all, Van Gaal’s first competitive win couldn’t have stuck more rigidly to the script he no doubt envisaged as he flicked off his bedroom light switch on the eve of the game.
However, it was a different story for Robin van Persie. The talisman of United’s last title success was given the full 90 minutes to try and open his season’s account, but the Dutchman still looked someway shy of full sharpness.
A mistimed volley from a delectable Di Maria through ball summed up his indifferent afternoon and sluggish start to the season in general.
When Radamel Falcao was introduced from the bench, it was a little surprising RVP wasn’t the player to make way but current form would suggest that’s exactly what Van Gaal must do next.
The Dutchman has forged a reputation for ruthlessness and after Falcao’s lively cameo, the Colombian goal machine ought to get the not at the King Power stadium at RVP’s expense.
United are 13/20 shots to inflict a first home defeat of the season on the Foxes.
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