Well lets make no mistake about it, last Friday's dismal 0-0 draw with totally unacceptable. United's shortcomings were seemingly paled into relative insignificance just 24 hours later with the likes of Chelsea, City, Southampton and Spurs all falling to lesser fancied sides, yet it's hard to take too much solace given our ineptitude to take care of the League Two minnows.
You know how the old saying goes, you wait ages for a bus and then two come along at once. Nine FA Cup ties in succession had brought challenges from fellow Premier League opposition until a surprise third round draw with Yeovil this year.That may not have been the plain sailing we'd perhaps have hoped for, but Ander Herrera and Angel Di Maria goals at Huish Park secured United's place in the pot for round four, where a match up with League Two outfit Cambridge United at Abbey Stadium lies in waiting.
Away points have been hard to come by for Louis van Gaal's side this season, which will prove no different this Saturday with a vital trip to Loftus Road. United's performances have been way below par of late, ever since appearing from the second half at White Hart Lane in our final match of 2014.
No you're not imagining it. Manchester United go into their second tie with Southampton in little over a month with just one name on the first team injury list. Just one. Ashley Young remains the solo casualty in Louis van Gaal's squad, with a hamstring injury due to keep the England international out for around six weeks.
More failure at the Britannia in United's attempts to recover lost ground over the Premier League's top two confirms that the club's most likely avenue for silverware this season will come through the FA Cup. The competition's joint most successful team with 11 titles begin their campaign this year with a trip to Huish Park, Yeovil and without tasting success in over a decade.
Rewind a year. As another year notched on the calendar, United entered 2014 in lowly 7th place, preparing for what would be a 2-1 home defeat to Tottenham – our sixth loss in the league that season. Despite being just two points better off at the turn of the year this time around, things are feeling infinitely better.
Is it just me, or are things beginning to feel a little 2012/13? Robin van Persie is consistently scoring, Wayne Rooney is effective in a central midfield position (minus the transfer request), Liverpool flirt with mid-table mediocrity and – most importantly of all – United are consistently winning matches.
Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? A resounding 3-0 victory over Liverpool last week sees United travel to Villa Park on Saturday having put together six wins in succession.
Further woes for Southampton leave Louis van Gaal's side three points ahead of fourth placed West Ham, with the Saints and Arsenal a further two points adrift.
A fourth consecutive victory for United on Tuesday night leaves the Reds on the cusp of returning to the top three of English football, remarkably for the first time since the opening weekend of last season.
Marouane Fellaini continued his impressive form scoring the game's opener, before a teasing Juan Mata free-kick found its way past Asmir Begovic to seal United's victory after a Steven N'Zonzi equaliser and continue their crusade to return towards the Premier League's summit.
In the modern era, any Arsenal v Manchester United offering has signified a table topping battle for domestic glory and all-important bragging rights. This season's first serving may represent a slightly less appealing dish as a result of each side's positively under-whelming beginning to proceedings.
Good afternoon comrades, and welcome to Republik of Mancunia's LIVE BLOG coverage of the Manchester derby. There was once a glorious period the entire 1990′s when United fully ruled the roost when it came to the derby spoils, 14 games played, 14 games without defeat...
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal will take charge of his first Manchester derby on Sunday, as the Reds travel to Wastelands looking to close the gap between the two sides to just a point.
Vast improvements in the side are plain to see, and though the last two matches have resulted in only a single point in each, they've demonstrated United's never say day attitude and willingness to keep going until the end after a year's absence.
Good afternoon comrades, and welcome to today's Live Blog coverage of Manchester United v QPR in the Premier League. What a day for United supporters, debuts aplenty, the most expensive side we've ever fielded, Rio Ferdinand returns... all the ingredients for a memorable game of football. Van Gaal has abandoned his three at the back system already, will QPR be able to cope with the array of dazzling attacking talent they'll be facing today?
Good evening comrades, and welcome to Republik of Mancunia's continued live blog coverage of United's pre season campaign. Opponents don't come much bigger than Real Madrid, and they will serve as an excellent test of Van Gaal's progress with the squad at his disposal so far
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Manchester United won the second game of their pre-season tour after beating Roma 3-2 in America.
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Ashley Young scored twice and Javier Hernandez scored the third in United's 3-1 win over Real Madrid champions.
De Gea, Jones, Smalling, Rojo, Valencia, Carrick, Mata, Blind, Rooney, Di Maria, Falcao.
Bench: Valdes, Evans, McNair, Januzaj, Herrera, Fellaini, Wilson
De Gea, McNair, Smalling, Rojo, Valencia, Carrick, Fellaini, Young, Mata, Rooney, van Persie.
Subs: Lindegaard, Evans, Herrera, Fletcher, Januzaj, Wilson, Falcao.
Southampton: Forster; Clyne, Fonte, Yoshida, Bertrand; Davis, Mané, Wanyama; Long, Tadić, Pellè.
Stoke City are the visitors to Old Trafford this evening as United look to put together a fourth straight victory with Southampton's third place coming increasingly within touching distance for Louis van Gaal's side.
United's emphatic victory over Hull City on Saturday was marred only by a hamstring injury suffered by Angel Di Maria, which will rule the Argentine out of tonight's visit of Stoke.
Last weekend's 2-1 victory over Arsenal could be described as many things; undeserved, lucky, a robbery, a tactical masterstroke? Whichever way you'd wish to label it, it was undeniably both hilarious and brilliant at the same time. With some firmly set in panic stations wondering how a fourth placed finish could possibly be attainable after a start worse than under David Moyes left pondering as three points at the Emirates leave United in fourth place (who would have thought), two points ahead of Arsenal and Everton and five clear of both Liverpool and Tottenham.
It would be nice to say that last Sunday's derby defeat had been completely forgotten about but unfortunately that isn't the case. The defeat at the Etihad can however be looked back upon for some positive reasons despite the Reds leaving empty handed and a further two defenders down for the visit of Crystal Palace on Saturday.
De Gea, Rafael, Jones, Rojo, Shaw, Blind, Herrera, Januzaj, Mata, Di Maria, van Persie.
Bench: Lindegaard, Smalling, Carrick, Fellaini, Fletcher, Young, Falcao
United welcome the visit of bitter rivals Liverpool to Old Trafford this afternoon having now put together a run of five consecutive wins. A 2-1 victory at St Mary's on Monday evening ensured the Reds moved back into the top three after an injury-ravaged opening to the season.
In truth, besides the three points it's hard to take too many positives away from night's lacklustre performance.
Juan Mata came off the bench to win the game for United today against Crystal Palace and hailed the goal as one of his most important.
It was probably one of my most important goals. It was a very difficult game. We needed the three points and I am very happy because we got them and that is exactly what the supporters deserve.
Having dominated chances and possession, with Thibaut Courtois being named Man of the Match, Louis van Gaal is disappointed that United didn't beat Chelsea yesterday.
I said to the players after the game that we could have won, but that counts for nothing in sport. We created a lot of chances, but we have to finish them.
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