New Delhi: Two wins, three draws and a run without tasting any defeat saw English giants Manchester United give a decent account of themselves during a hectic festival period. An away win against League One side Yeovil Town, in the third round FA Cup fixture capped off United's festive schedule which manager Louis van Gaal will be happy with.
Manchester United were tested and given a fright by Yeovil Town which kept the tie lively, which is often a case in majority of knock-out Cup games. United ensured there wasn't another failure against an amateur team after having earlier suffered the 0-4 defeat to MK Dons in League Cup this term.
The goals of Ander Herrera and Angel di Maria against Yeovil, was a pleasing sight for the manager after both made comebacks from injury.
United's home form has blossomed under Van Gaal, but their away form was a growing concern as they managed only two victories away this season. In the festive period United beat Newcastle 3-1 at Old Trafford and drew three matches going away from home which came against Aston Villa, Tottenham and Stoke City. United finally broke the away barricade after Sunday's 2-0 win.
Although the team saw a return of some key players during this phase, United's woes continued on the injury front. Rafael and Luke Shaw injured themselves once again on Sunday, and with Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia already out, United are short of wing full-backs.
United have been injury ridden all season this term which is the most in the Premier League, and despite the setbacks, Van Gaal needs to be given credit. He has managed to see United in contention for an European place next season, and also enjoy a decent run of games since Christmas, having a limited squad due to injuries.
Fitness issues still loom over certain players, whereas the likes of Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo and Marouane Fellaini will hope to be back in the scheme of things after being absent since quite sometime.
The manager has expressed his desire to win the FA Cup and do its best in the Premier League after promising a better 2015. He will hope for an injury-free time in the upcoming weeks as United will look to get the most out of the crucial matches in hand to challenge for titles.