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.