Manchester United defeated Premier League opponents Crystal Palace 2-1 on their Wednesday visit courtesy of goals from summer additions.
World record summer signing Paul Pogba got the first goal in the injury time of the first half before Zlatan Ibrahimovic added the winner in the closing minutes after James McArthur’s equalizer.
The hosts Palace would not be happy with the result considering that it makes just one win in 10 Premier League games. The loss leaves Palace three points above the relegation zone and in a disappointing state as they continually fail to get a win. They are set to face log leaders Chelsea next which spells more doom considering the form of the Blues. There is Arsenal on New Year as well meaning more likely losses for Palace.
“We knew we had this tricky spell of matches coming up. We’ve got a big game Saturday so we’ve got to take what we can out of this game in terms of our confidence levels. read more …
Ander Herrera says that Manchester United will make everything they can to delay Leicester City from winning the Premier League title.
Both sides will meet at Old Trafford over the weekend, and the United players are keen to make life difficult for the league leaders. Leicester City needs two points from their next three games if they want to be crowned Champions. A win at Old Trafford will see them win their first ever Premier League title.
Manchester United have ambitions of their own. They are currently five points behind Arsenal, who is in fourth place and a win can boost their hopes of making it to the Champions League.
According to Ander Herrera, there is not a single Manchester United player that want to see Leicester City win the title on their ground and that they would do anything they can to prevent this from happening at Old Trafford. read more …
Manchester United have been boosted by the potential return of Antonio Valencia, who recently revealed that he is doing well in his rehabilitation process.
The Ecuadorian winger has been a major absentee for United, who have struggled for goals. One of the reasons for United struggling to score goals is the lack of pace up front. Louis van Gaal recently admitted that there was an issue with speed in the team. This could be solved by the return of Valencia, who is one of the fastest players in the Premier League. The former Wigan man is currently on the sidelines following an injury sustained during the Manchester derby back in October.
Valencia recently tweeted that he has been making sufficient progress in order to return to the team. However, Van Gaal admitted that the player may be a good month away from returning to the first-team since he does not have the required fitness now. The Dutchman is stringent when it comes to fitness requirements from his players. It was a major reason behind Luke Shaw, who is one of the world’s most expensive left backs, being unable to feature regularly for United in his first year at the club. read more …
Louis Van Gaal has credited his players for the revival in form that they have shown in the last few months. The Dutchman was famous for altering the tactics of United to a unique 3-5-2 system with a number of players like Wayne Rooney and Ashley Young being used out of position. After severe criticism that he faced in the first half of the season, Van Gaal is now basking in the glory of being considered as one of the top managers in the league. His United team have achieved wins over Liverpool and Tottenham when these teams were in form.
This has propelled them towards sealing a top four spot comfortably even with a few matches left. There has even been the talk of a title challenge even though table leaders Chelsea may appear to be quite far away. Van Gaal opened his United account with only three wins from the first 10 matches. They have now achieved four straight victories in the league. Even though the possibility of winning a title looks beyond them this campaign, it will be considered as a hugely successful season if they get into the top four. United have suffered only two defeats in the league since November. read more …
In spite of all the criticism that Manchester United has been receiving in the past few weeks and months, there is somebody in the team that can be salvaged and that’s David de Gea. There is no doubt whatsoever that if it hadn’t been for the spectacular performances that the Spanish goal-keeper has displayed time after time, match after match, Manchester United would not be in the top spots of the Premier League.
It does not come as a surprise to listen rumors and news that keep spreading around claiming that top clubs such as: Real Madrid, Manchester City and Juventus are interested in signing David de Gea.
Jorge Mendes is the agent of David de Gea and the Portuguese agent has stated that he is currently negotiation a contract extension with Manchester United that would be keeping his client tied down to the Premier League club on a long term deal.
“I am negotiating with Manchester United about De Gea’s renewal. It is not true that De Gea has found a deal with Real Madrid. I’m negotiating with Manchester United his extension.” Jorge Mendes told the media. read more …
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