Tensions were high ahead of the clash of Manchester United and Chelsea. United manager Louis Van Gaal's hand was forced by injury and suspension to again adopt the 4-1-4-1 used against West Bromwich Albion.
United deployed the ultra attacking front previewed in the second half of their clean sheet against Queens Park Rangers, starting Robin Van Persie and Radamel Falcao at center forward positions with Wayne Rooney slightly behind them in the center attacking midfielder role.
The 4-0 victory this past weekend highlights United's attacking possibilities, and provides a great deal of optimism for the team with its new signings and formation, invigorating United supporters after a slow start to Van Gaal's reign as manager.
The prospects for a reversal of fate and a return to glory are conflicted in light of recent transfer news as Van Gaal continues to add attacking players to the side, despite the evident lack of quantity of quality defenders to fill the backline.