Manchester United’s conscientious summer overhaul saw a myriad of Spanish speaking players making the switch to Old Trafford. Such has been the impact, there’s a sense of euphoria among the supporters all around the globe.
United fans sit cloaked and hooded in a shroud of security with an explicable belief that there’s a bunch of talented players who are more than capable of propelling their side to the dizzying heights expected. The faith has not gone unjustified, as United currently sit fourth in the table, well in sight of Champions League football next season.
United's strong start
A 3-0 victory against Hull City at Old Trafford on Saturday was a sight for sore eyes as former Spain U21 teammates Juan Mata and Ander Herrera combined well in midfield to take United’s game to new levels of audacity and technicality.
Mata, who was a club record-signing back in January under former manager David Moyes, ran the show from what was a deeper lying midfield role. Having started the game with the onus of producing goals for a front-line who have been largely under-performing this season, Mata gradually went into a deeper role to combine with Herrera, who was a first half substitute for the injured Angel Di Maria.
The Spanish duo were exquisite to say the least as the passing, the one touch football and the flicks managed to bring out a sense of trepidation among the Old Trafford faithful.
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Herrera and Mata prosper
Herrera who was recovering from a rib injury played for the United reserves before making the bow against Hull City. The Spaniard provided a strong case of what he is capable of to manager Louis van Gaal and could be in line to cement a berth in the starting XI.
With fellow summer signing Daley Blind out injured for the foreseeable future and Di Maria set to miss the midweek fixture against Stoke City, the timing couldn’t be any better for Herrera to produce another fine display from the middle to warrant a starting berth.
Goalkeeper David de Gea was a bystander seldom troubled by the Hull City forwards. But the Spanish international was solid during the occasional corners and set pieces. The 24-year-old is fast establishing himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the world.
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Colombian superstar Radamel Falcao, who is yet to complete 90 minutes in the red of Manchester, was introduced later on in the game in what was his first appearance in more than a month. The former Porto and AS Monaco man will be looking forward to revamp his career ahead of a potential permanent transfer in the summer of next year.
Di Maria in particular, who was subbed off because of a hamstring injury in the first half against Hull, was absolutely breathtaking in the early parts of the season.
Every time he got the ball, the crowd seemed to be filled with exultation. Firing in crosses from all angles, going for the jugular from distance, providing defence splitting through balls, the Old Trafford faithful are finally witnessing one of their own capable of the seemingly impossible; filling the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo.
Working for the future
United have laid the foundations for all future contingencies. Gone are the days when the Red Devils' dressing room was comprised of players from Salford, Bury or Longsight. It now incorporates players from Rosario, Madrid and Santa Marta.
Marcos Rojo, De Gea, Rafael Da Silva, Di Maria, Mata, Herrera and Falcao are some of the Spanish speaking players at the club and these seven players will be of paramount importance in the club’s future endeavours.
United will face Stoke City at Old Trafford on Tuesday and the fans will be hoping to watch this brand new style of football that has left many nonplussed and wanting for more.