Club Brugge vs Manchester United: Key points we learned
Manchester United's 4-0 (agg 7-1) thrashing of Club Brugge has seen the English giants return back to the UEFA Champions League group stage fold, and that itself has given a lot to cheer for everybody concerned.
New Delhi: Manchester United's 4-0 (agg 7-1) thrashing of Club Brugge has seen the English giants return back to the UEFA Champions League group stage fold, and that itself has given a lot to cheer for everybody concerned.
Wayne Rooney's spectacular hat-trick ensured Louis van Gaal's side come out as big winners from Belgium, and it will serve as a confidence boost to the players as the manager looks to find a rhythm in the team.
Here we pick some of the interesting talking points from United's performance against Brugge.
Wayne Rooney needs more potent service: The United skipper excelled on the night in Europe's elite competition and his three dazzling finishes show he needs to be fed well. Memphis Depay, Juan Mata and Ander Herrera's beautiful sleak and neat passes, ensured Rooney break his 354-minute goalless run. Rooney was devoid of such potent service in the first four games this season and he needs the creativity around him to shine further.
Spaniards Mata and Herrera have major say: Mata continued his fine form and looked impressive again cutting inside centrally to dictate more possession on the ball. His emphatic pass that set Rooney's second goal showed sheer class. Meanwhile, Herrera who got his first start of the season, looked rusty but with time he settled in well. A more advanced role in the second half saw him make an assist for Rooney and score a superb goal from a Bastian Schweinsteiger deep pass.
Javier Hernandez's slip downs confidence: Chicharito was introduced for Herrera after the hour mark and the Mexican failed to live up to expectations. A Matteo Darmian cross saw Hernandez lob the ball over the post from a free header. Hernandez was then given the chance to score from the penalty spot but he slipped and his shot missed the target. His confidence level fell drastically as the forward who was unmarked near the far end of goal, failed to steer in an Ashley Young cross.
United's left side of defence needs more work: Luke Shaw was magnificent going forward and making some impressive runs with some interlinking play, but his advanced positioning often left the defensive position vacant. Also Daley Blind playing as a central defender on the left was nervy in making aerial clearences. Although his distribution and vision was noteworthy, the Dutchman still hasn't fully convinced as a central defender.