Louis van Gaal has had a shaky start to his career as Manchester United boss, but there is a sense that things may be falling into place for the Dutchman. The squad overhaul seems to be fitting together, or so results would suggest.
The Red Devils have brought in some huge names for some huge sums over the summer, with the likes of South American duo Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao joining the club, and European midfielders Daley Blind and Ander Herrera adding some further strength in the United midfield, and the money has just begun to look like it might pay off.
Recovery is go
The Manchester club looked down and out at the beginning of the season, and looked like they would have a serious struggle on their hands to regain Champions League football, and what it seemed like they needed was a complete reshaping of their defensive line.
Van Gaal saw differently, and opted to boost his attacking options, leaving Spaniard Juan Mata struggling to find a place in the starting team over the likes of Superstars Rooney, Van Persie, Falcao and Di Maria, all the while the defensive line remains frail with Evans, Blackett, Rafael, Shaw, Rojo and McNair interchanging in the last line.
It seems Van Gaal has come in with the theory of 'It doesn't matter how many you score, we'll score more,' and it seems to be paying off with 3 wins in their last 4 league games, leaving them in a very competitive 4th position in the table
Although the Red Devils aren't quite the finished package that they used to seem, and it may be to early to tell, but Di Maria seems to be the bolt the united cog were missing.
Di Maria hasn't needed any time to settle into Premier League football, with 3 goals and 3 assists, urging fans to create various personalised renditions of pop songs for the Argentine, with Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah, and ABBA's Mamma Mia, among those to be altered.
His £67m price tag seemingly hasn't affected him in the slightest, as it has done to some others in the past, just ask Andriy Shevchenko, Robinho and Fernando Torres. His dazzling pace and close control has brightened up the Premier League and turned the Manchester club into a competitive force in the premier league once again, let's see if they can maintain it.