Edwin van der Sar has delivered a message that is sure to delight all Manchester United supporters after claiming the performance put on by Louis van Gaal's side in Sunday's 3-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur was much more like an Old Trafford side of yesteryear.
The former Red Devils goalkeeper saw some similarities between the current crop of players and stars that featured during Sir Alex Ferguson's illustrious spell in charge, which provides reason for fans to be more optimistic between now and the end of the season.
Van der Sar - who now works as a coach back in his native Holland for reigning Eredivisie champions Ajax Amsterdam - took to social media to express his satisfaction after an emphatic victory over Spurs, thanks to three first half goals from Marouane Fellaini, Michael Carrick and Wayne Rooney.
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Mauricio Pochettino's players were completely blown away within 30 minutes as the hosts cruised into a comfortable lead, allowing them to take their foot off the gas after the interval as attention quickly turned to next weekend's crunch clash against Premier League rivals Liverpool at Anfield.
Another three points on Merseyside will go some way to defining Manchester United's season, as they continue their quest to secure a top four finish, and with it qualification for the Champions League.
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And, after Van der Sar's assessment of their most recent display what's stopping them from recording another positive result versus the Reds - who are in action against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium this evening.
Of course, some of Van Gaal's current group of players also featured under the former stewardship of Ferguson and his successor David Moyes. But having struggled to reproduce their best form over the past couple of years, perhaps the time has finally come to start hitting the right notes on a more regular basis.
Too many times this season the Red Devils have labored to victory, and the frequently under-par performances have prompted supporters to vent their frustration on a number of occasions already this term.
However, yesterday Manchester United were back to their free-flowing attack-minded best. Lets just hope it wasn't a brief flash in the pan, and Van Gaal will try to replicate that kind of display from his team again over the nine remaining games in 2014/15.
Manchester United fans: Do you agree with Edwin van der Sar that the team looked much more recognisable against Spurs? Will it be enough to secure qualification for the Champions League? Leave your prediction below...
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