Juan Mata is the key to get Man United firing

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It has been well documented so far this season how Manchester United are slow, boring and most of all - lack creativity, by fans and pundits alike.

Fans have been calling for Louis van Gaal to be sacked as he is 'destroying their style' yet they are sitting in third position, currently one point off the top after 14 matches and have conceded a mere ten goals.

United have been very solid defensively this season, mainly down to the great form shown by Chris Smalling and David de Gea. This should give the forward players the confidence to go and play with an open, attacking mentality - knowing they possess such a strong back four and a world-class goalkeeper.


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It has been a shame to see certain players being played out of their natural positions by Van Gaal; Anthony Martial, Juan Mata and Ashley Young to name a few.

Martial is an out-and-out striker, but bizarrely after scoring against Liverpool on his debut, and then a brace at Southampton, he was shifted out to left wing by Van Gaal, perhaps due to the poor form shown by Memphis Depay, thus leaving Wayne Rooney as the lone striker.

Van Gaal also moved Mata out to the right on many occasions this season, but the Spaniard is actually more suited to the number 10 role, just behind the front man, be it Martial or Rooney.

Mata is absolutely crucial to United's creativity going forward - if played in the correct position. The midfielder ticks all the right boxes when it comes to playing the number ten role - always creating space for himself and constantly wants the ball into his feet.

He has the vision and ability to contribute with assists and goals in virtually every game, and Van Gaal needs to exploit this in order to sustain their current position in the Premier League.

The Red Devils boss must realise he has a sturdy and well-drilled defence and it is now time to play a more fluid, free-flowing style, which is ultimately what the fans want to see, especially with the hectic fixture list approaching over the Christmas and New Year period.

United travel to Germany next week for their last Champions League group match against Wolfsburg - a must-win game for the Van Gaal's side.

The German outfit sit top of Group B, third in the Bundesliga and United cannot afford another performance mirroring that of their second half display against PSV - where they looked totally bereft of ideas - whilst the Spanish maestro sat on the bench.

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