David de Gea Holds Sway 'til Reinforcements Arrive
After losing the battle for the third spot, a still-smarting Manchester United managed a 2-0 result over the host Queens Park Rangers.
If the match had been played in Sir Alex era, then no questions would have been asked; United would've gone off as the prohibitive favorite.
But it wasn't. Louis van Gaal's crew was still doubted by many against relegation-challenged QPR. With salvage doctor Harry Redknapp playing a must-win match to save his job, the air was dripping with hype. Or something.
True to form, the possession-obsessed Red Devils had most of the ball while QPR had most of the shots. Maybe van Gaal's trying to turn United into an English version of Barcelona, minus the shooting. That must be why 'keeper David de Gea cashes those big checks every two weeks.
United finally got their opener with one of its early substitutes, and a very unlikely source, Marouane Fellaini.
Seems the subs work better than the Devils' current formation.
Another talking point of the game was Rademel Falcao’s ability.
Perhaps he tried to impress his manager with the iconic Hand of God. But only the great Maradona could pull it off. And only in Latin America.
But back to the present, where de Gea, the savior for United's defense till now, stopped everything that came his way.
Finally, late in the second half, James Wilson registered his name in United’s account, putting paid to the afternoon.
So United survive another day from its critics. But for how long?