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
If somebody, who has not watched the English Football with that much attention of late, has been told that Manchester United has lost only 1 game in the Premier League in the last 4 months, he would think that the Red Devils are back to their lethal best under Louis Van Gaal.
But, it’s quite far from reality. The Red Devils might not be losing games or dropping points as frequently as they were doing the previous season, but, they are not making any progress either. They have, in fact, started playing defensive brand of Football now for which they are not known for. Continue reading
Louis Van Gaal says that he is in the dark over the new injury suffered by record signing Angel di Maria.
The Argentine has been out of action for the last few weeks due to persistent and niggling injury problems. The 26-year-old was a major reason behind United rediscovering their form in the last few months. He has contributed nine goals in just 13 league matches through goals and assists. However, he has played only one match and 29 minutes since the turn of December. Di Maria was once again unavailable for the festive fixture list after suffering a hamstring problem.
The extent to which the new injury will keep him on the sidelines is yet to be revealed, but Van Gaal also admitted that he is in a similar position. Hamstring injuries usually take around three to 4 weeks, but it is thought that United discovered the issue with di Maria a little earlier and may get him back within two weeks. The FA Cup action comes to the Premier league clubs from next week and United will be keen to win this competition after having bowed out of the League Cup very early. United have matches against the likes of Stoke City, Southampton, and Leicester City in the next few weeks.
“He was injured in the last training session, he stepped out of the warm-up. It was a little bit amazing because he did everything very well. He stepped out and now we have to wait and see the analysis. I am not a doctor. Before we have a misunderstanding, we have to wait. No, it’s not the muscle injury. It’s more that the pelvis is not in a right relationship with his leg.It’s more for the doctor to explain than me,” said Van Gaal ahead of the trip to White Hart Lane.
Colombia has announced and confirmed to the public that RadamelFalcao will not be featured in the upcoming friendly matches that the Colombian national football team has scheduled to play against United States and Slovenia on November 14 and 18.
Falcao is recovering from a calf injury he picked up a few weeks ago and this has forced the Colombian attacker on having to miss out from the last 3 Premier League matches of Manchester United and now he will not be able to perform for his country either.
There will be however a number of players in the squad of Louis van Gaal that have been called up including: Luke Shaw, Michael Carrick, Chris Smalling and the captain of the team Wayne Rooney. These players will be representing England either on the sidelines of England or on the center stage in the pitch when facing off against Slovenia on November 15 in a 2016 Euro’s qualifying match.
England is leading the way in Group E with 9 points and is expected to pass the group stages without having many difficulties or problems.
Even though international matches is a great place for players to represent their respective countries and nations as well being an ideal moment to take a break from club duties, it’s also dangerous for the managers of clubs as the players are often injured when playing at the international stage and when this match is over, Manchester United will be playing against Arsenal on November 22 in a hugely important match.
Manchester United struggled just to claim a victory against the relegation threatened club Crystal Palace in a match that was decided by a lonely goal from Juan Mata and Louis van Gaal will need all of his players without injuries and without physical concerns if the Dutch coach wants to collect a good result against Arsenal.