Why the international break has come at the wrong time for Manchester United

Two huge wins over Tottenham and Liverpool have built some momentum for Manchester United, and this international break is probably one they could do without.

Momentum is a big word in football or any sport, and it seems to be something that Manchester United have at the moment. 

For that reason, their manager Louis van Gaal will not welcome the international break after his side strung together four consecutive league wins - including two huge performances against Tottenham and Liverpool to strengthen their grip on a Champions League place.

Now is not the time for that to be disrupted if you're Manchester United. There has been a lot said about their performances not necessarily matching their results but their most recent outings where they blew away Tottenham, and van Gaal simply outwitted Rodgers in the first half at Anfield have given United a huge lift, and a psychological boost with eight games to go.

Marouane Fellaini now seems to have an established role, Ander Herrera and Michael Carrick work well in the middle of the park while Juan Mata is making a meaningful contribution in several areas, including in front of goal. The last thing van Gaal will want is one of his squad members returning to United with a problem that could prevent them from playing against Aston Villa on the Easter weekend. 

You could argue the break shouldn't affect them too much, but between now and the end of the season there are some difficult games still on the horizon for United, but you get the feeling that Louis van Gaal would have liked to have continued the very good rhythm his side currently possess.

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