There was a red devil on the badge. But there was rarely any devilment about their football. They wore red shirts and black shorts. But they rarely resembled Manchester United. Not the free-flowing, swaggering Manchester United we were accustomed to watching when Sir Alex Ferguson was their manager, anyway. The current version is rather more humdrum, even though they are still on course for a return to the Champions League.
Louis van Gaal will not be fooled by this victory over struggling Queens Park Rangers. United remain an extremely expensive work in progress and QPR’s fight was only snuffed out by James Wilson’s goal in stoppage time.