The evidence that suggests Manchester United are on the up, under Van Gaal

Louis Van Gaal

Manchester United have experienced a bleak start to the 2014/15 season, but there are plenty of reasons to invest faith in Louis Van Gaal's regime.

The Dutchman has already stated his desire to bring the Premier League title back to Old Trafford, be it next season, or the year after, and already we are witnessing encouraging signs of the club's progression.

Despite a frustratingly slow start to the season, in which the side suffered defeat to Swansea, prior to draws with Sunderland and Burnley, the new Red Devils head coach finally appears to have his plans in place. 

During Sunday's 4-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers, the club were finally able to parade their multi-million summer signings. Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind and Radamel Falcao made their long-awaited debuts, while Angel Di Maria and Ander Herrera occupied their newly-appointed positions in midfield.

The Old Trafford faithful will be hoping the weekend's performance represents a watershed; a clean break from the past, if you will, as Louis Van Gaal looks to lead his 'Gaalacticos' into a new era of success. 

  MatchTouchesPossession (%)Total PassesAccurate PassesChances CreatedTotal ShotsGoals
Manchester United Man Utd vs QPR 976 68.00 825 754 16 18 4

It's fair to say his additions made quite an impact. With the midfield operating at maximum efficiency, United fans witnessed distinct changes to the painful performances they were forced to endure last season. 

The Red Devil's recorded a final pass completion of 91% versus Harry Redknapp's side - the highest recorded by a team in the Premier League this season - whilst maintaining over two thirds of the ball. Van Gaal's more expressive players were able to create 16 chances in total, leading to a fruitful afternoon in front of goal. 

The club's willingness to attack from the off proved particularly influential. Following a high-octane first half, United were three goals to the good at the break; a position of strength that's been unbeknown to the side since the last time they won the Premier League title; April 2013, under Sir Alex Ferguson.

While three points secured against QPR stands as one of few positives from the current campaign, the Red Devils can also stake claim to the highest average possession figure (62%) in the English top flight.

  #Possession PercentagePlayed
Manchester United 1 61.50 4
Arsenal 2 60.75 4
Tottenham Hotspur 3 59.75 4
Manchester City 4 58.25 4
Everton 5 55.75 4

Considering they finished the last season under David Moyes, a long way behind the league's best, in eighth, Van Gaal's arrival has clearly proved a tremendous boost in terms of maintaining control in each match.

  #Possession (%)Played
Southampton 1 58.11 38
Manchester City 2 57.16 38
Swansea City 3 56.87 38
Arsenal 4 56.39 38
Manchester United 8 55.05 38

The Dutchman arrived with the intention of implementing his strict philosophy and already the players appear to be reaping the rewards of his tactics. If he can keep the side on the up, there's no telling how far they can progress under his management.

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