Five things we learned from Manchester United's 2-0 win over QPR

Louis Van Gaal

Manchester United edged out QPR in a 2-0 win on Saturday, but what did we learn from the game?

The diamond works better than 3-5-2

Despite struggling with it last week, Louis van Gaal decided to persist with the 3-5-2 system against QPR - and unsurprisingly, it failed again. Yet when van Gaal switched to a 4-4-2 diamond, United were far better. The Dutchman may say that United lack balance when he plays that formation, but it looked much more dangerous than the 3-5-2. It's time for change, Louis. Don't be stubborn.

Falcao is more effective than van Persie

The situation surrounding Radamel Falcao's future has dominated the press this week given that he was left out of the squad entirely against Southampton, but van Gaal gave him a starting role at QPR. The Colombian got into some fantastic positions and was unlucky not to score, and whilst some may judge him by how many goals he sticks in the net, he was far more impressive than Robin van Persie has been this season.

Di Maria is wasted up front

A factor in the 3-5-2 is that Angel Di Maria continues to play up front, in what will be classed as 'the Arjen Robben role' for van Gaal. It didn't work against Southampton and it didn't work against QPR either. The Argentine needs room to run into rather than be confined on the edge of the box, and the diamond allowed him to drive forward a little more.

United should keep giving minutes to James Wilson

The game was wrapped up with a well taken goal by 19-year-old striker Wilson, who came on and added some pace alongside Falcao in attack. He's again proven that he's worthy of a cameo appearance when United are looking to counter attack, and he should continue to play in the near future.

Marouane Fellaini has a part to play

Wilson wasn't the only substitute to make an impact though, as Marouane Fellaini impressed when he came on at half time for Juan Mata. He provided physicality in midfield and an aerial presence when he moved further forward, whilst he also grabbed the opening goal to set United on their way. The Belgian is starting to justify his price tag at Old Trafford.

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