Man United 4 Queens Park 0
Manchester United 4 Queens Park Rangers 0, Old Trafford, English Premier League, September 14, 2014. Louis van Gaal had every reason to be pleased with the performance of his Manchester United team against Queens Park Rangers. The Reds won the game 4-0 through goals from Angel Di Maria, Ander Herrera, Wayne Rooney, and Juan Mata.
Manchester United had endured a mediocre start to the new season and had yet to win a game. But despite the fact that recently hired manager Louis van Gaal had to change his usual formation of 3-5-2 to a back line consisting of Tyler Blackett, Jonny Evans, Marcos Rojo, and Rafael da Silva because of injuries to Phil Jones and Chris Smalling, The Reds had no problems against the West London outfit and the former Netherlands head coach was well pleased by the quality his newly composed team displayed during the home clash against the boys from South Africa Road. Van Gaal´s Queens Park Rangers counterpart Harry Redknapp told the waiting press corps following the encounter that he had nothing but admiration and respect for the opposing side. And after riding the managerial merry go round for over thirty years, he obviously knew what he was talking about. A former midfield player with, among others, West Ham United, Brentford, and Seattle Sounders, Redknapp´s managing career had began at AFC Bournemouth, whom he took to promotion from the Third Division in the 1986–87 campaign. He then had managerial positions at West Ham United, Portsmouth, Southampton, and Tottenham Hotspur before the well liked character was appointed as the new manager of Rangers partly into the 2012-13 season. Harry Redknapp: “Manchester United have got a big chance of making the top four. They have got some fantastic forward players. For us it will be a tough season, but I still think that we will be okay.” Manchester United Team: David de Gea, Rafael da Silva, Marcos Rojo, Tyler Blackett, Jonny Evans, Daley Blind, Juan Mata, Ander Herrera, Angel Di Maria, Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney. Substitutes: Luke Shaw, Adnan Januzaj, Antonio Valencia, Radamel Falcao, Darren Fletcher, Andreas Pereira, Anders Lindegaard. Queens Park Rangers Team: Robert Green, Steven Caulker, Clint Hill, Rio Ferdinand, Mauricio Isla, Leroy Fer, Niko Kranjcar, Sandro, Junior Hoilett, Matthew Phillips, Charlie Austin. Substitutes: Eduardo Vargas, Nedum Onuoha, Armand Traore, Karl Henry, Adel Taarabt, Bobby Zamora, Alex McCarthy.
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Louis van Gaal´s Manchester United ultimately ended the 2014-15 Premier League season in fourth position with 70 points collected from 38 games played, 17 points behind champions Chelsea.