The International break usually provides a relatively dull and unwelcome inconvenience for football fans, but this couldn't have been more true than for Louis Van Gaal and Manchester United.
Not only did the fixture list throw up numerous uninspiring affairs, but it halted a much needed momentum found within the Old Trafford camp after a hard-earned 2-1 victory over Everton – Van Gaal's first consecutive wins since taking over.
Manchester United made it back-to-back wins in the Premier League for the first time this season to catapult themselves into the top four for the first time in 14 months with a hard fought 2-1 victory over Everton at Old Trafford on Sunday. Following the media's overreaction to an admittedly under par first five games, United and their plethora of impressive summer acquisitions have begun to show the potential this new look side has in abundance.
Five points from his first five Premier League games was not what Louis Van Gaal had in mind. Although the Dutchman's new sides are notoriously slow starters, not many would have predicted Manchester United picking up such a lowly points tally against three newly promoted sides, Sunderland and Swansea City.
Sunday's 4-0 victory over QPR brought about not only a huge sense of excitement about a season which could finally be up and running, but also incredible relief that a stuttering, uninspiring start to the season was finally over.
Injuries have played a huge part at the beginning of the campaign, which has contributed heavily to early shortcomings, but with the likes of Herrera and Shaw returning to fitness as well as the impact of Di Maria, Blind, Rojo and Falcao, we certainly look a much more balanced outfit.
Top 5 Contenders For The Premier League Golden Boot - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
We may not even be a fifth of the season in, but there are some patterns emerging already. The Premier League may be the most unpredictable league in the world, but there are some prophecies that can be made based on what we have seen so far.
The Colombian football star Radamel Falcao expressed his desire to enjoy playing football at Manchester United after scoring his first goal for the red devils. Falcao finally showed his worth in the game against Everton by securing 2-1 win at Old Trafford. Though he is loan from Monaco for just a season, he hinted at a desire to permanently join Manchester united; though for a permanent
Supporting Manchester United as an Australian has been a difficult practice of late, given the club's downward spiral after Sir Alex Ferguson retired after 27 years at the helm.
David Moyes infamously replaced the legendary Scot, and that is when the United shambles began.
Like in England and many other parts of the world, non-United supporters took this moment as the perfect opportunity to have a laugh at United, because of course they had no reason to laugh in the 27 years prior.
This season will be one which will be remembered for its moments. Unlike the glorious seasons of the recent past, which will be remembered for their triumphs, we are genuinely experiencing a team in transition, and to those paying attention, the green shoots of a wonderful team are showing.
If we accept that the Van Gaal experience isn't quite ready for the trophies to start rolling in, then we can at least be assured that there will be plenty to be enjoyed on the journey.
Manchester United Agree Personal Terms To Sign World-Class Striker On Permanent Deal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Manchester United have already confirmed a big-name signing for next summer. Colombian forward Radamel Falcao, who is currently on loan at Old Trafford from French side Monaco, has agreed personal terms to make his deal permanent in 2015.
I would argue that no one who understands soccer thinks that Manchester United should play midweek friendlies abroad. However, as has become apparent, understanding soccer is not a prerequisite of being a club executive anymore. Before I outline why I think these friendlies are a bad idea, let me assure the reader that I am not a naïve soccer purist.
As a Swansea City supporter, consider me unimpressed by the season thus far for the Welsh team. While the Swans are sitting comfortably in fifth position, the team still could be doing much better than they are currently. It's that feeling of "could be doing better" that has undermined the Swans for the past couple of seasons, where they've lacked that killer instinct to make the difference between an above average Premier League side and a more dangerous contender to be feared by even the top English clubs.
5 reasons why Radamel Falcao will fail at Manchester United - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The Holy Trinity for the Red Devils?
There was much media hype when Manchester United announced the deadline day signing of Colombian superstar Radamel Falcao, with many broadcasters hailing his arrival in the North West of England as a statement of intent from Louis Van Gaal.
Is Ronaldo tempted by Manchester United? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Cristiano Ronaldo is "warm to the idea of returning to Manchester United", writes Daniel Taylor of the Guardian.
With four years left on his contract at Real Madrid and playing for the freescoring 2014 UEFA Champions League winners, United fans are still hopeful their club can pull off a sensational return for the 2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or winner.
Manchester United's 5-3 defeat to Leicester City on Sunday was the latest setback in what has been a twelve month long period of difficulty for the twenty time English champions. The appointment and subsequent dismissal of David Moyes after just 10 months was the start of a steady decline with experienced Dutchman Louis van Gaal brought in to return the club to its former glory.
Leicester City 5-3 Manchester United: Key Observations - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Leicester City earned a historic 5-3 victory over Manchester United at the King Power Stadium in Sunday's lunch time kick off in the Premier League. The Red Devils cruised to a 3-1 lead just before the hour mark, but the home side scored four goals in the next twenty minutes to seal an emphatic victory.
Whilst the likes of Gary Neville and Mike Phelan have criticised United for selling Danny Welbeck, Louis van Gaal says he has no doubts that he made the right decision, with Rafamel Falcao coming in Welbeck's place.
"I don't have any doubts because Falcao is, for me, one of the best strikers in the world," said van Gaal.