Five things we learned from Manchester United's 2-1 win against Stoke

Louis Van Gaal

Manchester United can mull over a number of talking points today after a 2-1 win against Stoke City.

Manchester United made it four wins from four games last night with the 2-1 victory against Stoke City, as Louis van Gaal’s focus will now switch to getting the better of Southampton this Monday.

United are grinding out good performances, which has allowed them to consolidate in the Premier League’s top four despite having one of the worst injury lists throughout this season.

Here are five things we learned about United from last night.

Trust in LvG

Eyebrows were raised when James Wilson was started in attack last night. However, it’s a decision that van Gaal got right.

Wilson will have better performances in a Manchester United shirt but his pace and movement on the shoulder of the Stoke defence, made it difficult for the visitors to step forward.

Goals

The goals are coming from a variety of different players with Marouane Fellaini getting on the score sheet last night and Juan Mata and Marcos Rojo left to squabble over who claims United’s winner this morning.

It’s important that the goals are coming from different positions and angles because it makes United less predictable.

Marouane Fellaini

Fellaini’s resurgence in a United shirt continues, with another good performance.

He’s providing United with a physical edge in midfield at the moment, which is preventing them from being bullied in the middle of the pitch. His confidence will be sky high and that only bodes well for the club.

Defence

The defence showed great mental strength towards the end of the game as United started to take a little bit of pressure.

When it became evident United weren’t going to try and improve on a one goal lead, Stoke piled on the attacks but the United back four held firm with Ashley Young producing a great clearance while David De Gea produced two world class saves.

Possession

United had 64% of the ball last night and van Gaal will perhaps believe that his team should have done more with it. It’s important United cash in and make life more comfortable for themselves when they have so much of games over the rest of the season.

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