The Friday night kick-off at Villa Park saw Manchester United bag all three points against Aston Villa.
Historically it is a fixture United simply relish, having not tasted the bitterness of defeat at the hands of the side from Birmingham on their own turf in well over 20 years.
Although the meeting did not see Villa overturn the course of history, the display United put on, one might agree, was in no way reflective of their illustrious history over the past two decades or so.
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The meeting saw United put up a performance that was contradictory to their well-renowned, flamboyant style of play. The United we are used to seeing have that cutting edge, that flare to bag as many goals as they can during the course of the game.
By playing a midfield of two holding midfielders in Michael Carrick and Morgan Schneiderlin though, it appears as if Louis van Gaal is prioritising defence before offence. His side managed only a handful of shots on target, something the United faithful are not used to.
The Red Devils snatched the three-points and rose to near the top of table, but is this really the United way?
Memphis needs to fire
Coming off the back of a sensational season in the dutch Eredivisie, the young Dutchman Memphis Depay created a hype of optimism upon his arrival.
The 21-year-old was the recipient of the Dutch Player of the Year award, but has failed to live up to expectations thus far at his new club.
A couple of bizarre deliveries, along with the scuffing of a relatively easy opportunity created by Juan Mata, made it clear that Depay was nowhere near his best. The United faithful were hopeful for a spark in his performances, particularly when he was given the nod to start in his preferred left wing position.
Has Rooney lost it?
One of the other main disappointments from the Friday night meeting was the performance of captain, Wayne Rooney. The Englishman failed to live up to the eye-catching showcases he is so well-known for, consistently giving away the ball at times during the game.
With United short of options in the final third of the field, Rooney is one who just can't afford to get it wrong again moving forward.
United have a Champions League play-off against Club Brugge on Tuesday night, one final hurdle before they can rejoice the fact of being among Europe's elite once again. The fans are desperate for a performance with some aggression and ruthlessness, but Van Gaal might have to change his style to sate them.
United fans, were you happy with the performance during the win over Villa? Let us know in the comments box below.
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