Louis Van Gaal got United to click again this week, and he did so in this most logical manner; he finally displayed some consistency in his team selection, not letting his preference in tactics or availability from injury or suspension dictate his squad.
Manchester United's last hope for silverware this season went up in flames, as Arsenal defeated the Red Devils. United certainly had their chances this game, but failed to convert enough of them to win or even force a replay.
With the points tightening around the 3rd and 4th positions on the league table, Manchester United desperately needed to claim the crucial three points in this mid-week clash with mid-table positioned Newcastle United.
Van Gaal will be asked many questions about his decisions and selections this past Sunday. For instance, why was Radamel Falcao not used if he was available? Why did Wayne Rooney not play above Di María for parts of the match, if not all of it?
United earned four points in two matches, maintaining their 3rd place position in the league table. Louis Van Gaal will be anxious about yet another misfire in an away match, United have only won two matches on the road so far this campaign.
Spirits were high this weekend in Old Trafford ahead of the rivalry clash between Manchester United and Liverpool. Last week, United continued their unlikely, almost undeserved winning streak with a tense 2-1 victory over Southampton.
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.
At the half-hour mark, Manchester United's attack looked tense and toothless, their passing remaining bogged down in the midfield and even their set pieces not producing shots, let alone shots on target.