Louis van Gaal has found a ruthless, yet entertaining, formula in recent games but he should make one change to personnel this weekend.
Manchester United have silenced their doubters in their last couple of games having comprehensively beaten Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford before defeating arch-rivals Liverpool on their own patch last time out.
The results were impressive, but it was the way United won those games that made people stand up and take notice.
The upturn in performance coincided with a switch to Van Gaal’s favoured 4-3-3 formation and returning their talismanic captain Wayne Rooney to a striking role.
Van Gaal told the Manchester Evening Newsthat the secret to their success has been their use of ‘triangles’ as the 4-3-3 system gives United both the width that has been lacking in previous systems and the player in possession several options.
However, despite remaining unchanged for the wins over Tottenham and Liverpool, United should make one tweak to personnel against Aston Villa this weekend.
Angel Di Maria, who has struggled for form since the turn of the year, should be given an opportunity to shine on the left wing in place of Young in order to get him into form ahead of a tricky period.
The Argentine is a world class player on his day and would be a huge asset if they can get him firing again with Chelsea and Manchester City to play after the Villa match.
Di Maria’s pace would help stretch a Villa defence that is likely to sit back and look to counter United when they lose the ball and his experience in Real Madrid’s 4-3-3 system last year should mean he has no problems slotting in.