Tim Simon for The Republik Of Mancunia:
Van Gaal eluded to his use of ‘triangles’ in this system that United are currently utilising but there appears to be much more to the renaissance than a mere change of formation. The Red Devils are playing with much more control and pace in possession and it is excellent to see. United are beginning to look like a force again and are dominating games with ease.
Against Villa, they ended the game with a 91% passing accuracy, having maintained a 70% possession rate. These numbers are unprecedented from United in the last couple of years but it is not just their ability to keep the ball which has been the most impressive. United have been playing with more pace and thrust in the last few weeks and are creating numerous chances to score. No one knows exactly what Van Gaal’s philosophy is but it appears to be coming good at exactly the right time.