Louis van Gaal believes that Manchester United have made sufficient progress over the summer to make the challengers for the title in this campaign.
United took full advantage of Manchester City’s shock home defeat against West Ham on Saturday by grabbing a 3-2 win over Southampton away from home. New summer signing Anthony Martial displayed his quality once more by scoring two goals while former club record signing Juan Mata scored the crucial winner. Even though Southampton responded in a positive fashion, United were able to hold on for the narrow victory.
Van Gaal believes that it is these kind of results that determine the success of a title challenge. Last season, United were not able to get over the edge despite playing better than their opponents. This was largely because of poor finishing and being unable to take their chances. The Dutchman says that these frailties have been corrected and United are now at their potent best. Beating Southampton, who have tasted only one victory this season, is unlikely to come as a major test of their strength. However, United have moved within two points of table leaders City with both teams having played six games each. The next three matches in all competitions for United are at Old Trafford. Continue reading
Manchester United’s record signing Angel di Maria has faced intense criticism following a string of poor performances in 2015. After being an immense reason behind the fortunes of United being revived at the start of the season, di Maria’s form nosedived in the second half of the campaign. Despite having cost the club £ 60 million only last summer, several astonishing transfer rumours linking him with an exit. Paris St Germain, who are one of the few clubs with the financial muscle to afford a player like di Maria, have been rumoured to be preparing an offer.
The Argentine, though, dismissed most of the transfer rumours by saying that he will definitely be at Old Trafford next season. After being an integral part of the Real Madrid team for several years, di Maria appears to be struggling with the large number of matches required from English clubs. Across the continent, teams often have a winter break and this is not available to players in England. Instead, they have to go through a rigorous schedule of matches and this largely appears to have caused di Maria’s alarming dip in form. The Argentine already came into the club with little rest following a World Cup campaign. Continue reading
The Colombian attacker Radamel Falcao was initially signed by Manchester United on September of 2014 in a season long loan deal. The contract that was agreed had an option for Manchester United of turning that loan deal into a permanent one but that would only happen if Louis van Gaal and the supporters of the Premier League club were impressed by what Falcao managed to do during this season and it turns out that actually nobody was impressed by what Falcao did during his stint at Old Trafford.
In 26 Premier League appearances, Falcao managed to score 4 goals. This is a very disappointing statistic for a player who was once considered one of the top players in the world a few years ago when performing for the Spanish side Athletic Madrid. Continue reading
Returning to the top four was undoubtedly the main objective for Louis Van Gaal upon his arrival, and, barring a miraculous fourteen goal swing, it appears that the Dutchman will achieve just that.
It may have been a rocky start for Van Gaal who arrived late into pre-season preparations after the World Cup, but the team has finally adapted to his philosophy and tactics to produce the results and performances when it mattered most. Continue reading
Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville reckons that his former club Manchester United are returning back to their best. Neville was speaking after witnessing his former team get a fourth consecutive league victory. More importantly, this was against their arch rivals Manchester City. United have had a very poor record in the Manchester derby over the last two seasons. After more than four decades, they have been beaten on four consecutive occasions. There was a danger of City getting a fifth consecutive victory over United when Sergio Aguero opened the scoring inside the first 15 minutes.
However, United replied in stunning fashion and managed to win 4-2. The victory could have been even greater had it not been for some outstanding saves by City goalkeeper Joe Hart. This is clearly a United team playing with a lot of confidence and they look like the team under Sir Alex Ferguson. After being criticised heavily for his defensive tactics in the first half of the campaign, Louis van Gaal is starting to make his mark felt in the team. Neville was once critical of Van Gaal’s approach, but the Dutchman has altered the team’s style in such a way that they are now far more attractive. Continue reading
Being able to win major pieces of silverware is one of the things that drive players on pushing harder and giving it everything they have on the pitch. Lionel Messi and C.Ronaldo have been the main stars in the football world and both have players have admitted that they would prefer trading in all of the goals they have scored in order to lift more titles. Continue reading
The 20 year old defender of Manchester United Tyler Blackett, has decided to extend his contract with the club at Old Trafford which extends until 2017. The young player had to be included on a permanent basis into the first team due to the departure of Rio Ferdinand and NemanjaVidic.
Blackett was loaned out Blackpool and Birmingham City in order to gain experience outside of the club before being drafted to the main team of Manchester United.
Manchester United’s Louis van Gaalbelieves that Tyler Blackett can become an outstanding player for the club as the young defender has what it to takes to continue developing and turn into a very important figure for Manchester United at Old Trafford, especially taking into consideration the departure of a few experienced players. Continue reading