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 …
Historically, Manchester United is considered to be biggest club as they have won the Premier League title on 13 occasions which is more than any other team. Chelsea are the current champions of England but their recent uprising only started a few years ago when a new owner took charge of the club and started pouring in major cash.
From the looks of it, the number of league titles won makes no difference or impact when it comes to the amount of fans that a club has as Manchester United was voted as the most hated team in the Premier League, this result arrived after a recent poll which was made in the past week.
This poll was made by the British national daily tabloid newspaper The Mirror. Fans were asked which club is their most hated and loved in the Premier League and at the top of the most disliked club was Manchester United while Chelsea came in 2nd place.
At the other side of the poll was the most loved clubs and at the top of this list was located Southampton while in 2nd place was Bournemouth. Swansea City, Arsenal and Everton completed the top 5 spots of this list as the clubs which are most adored in the Premier League.
The results of this poll doesn’t come as much of a surprise as Manchester United is a club which is filled with controversy especially from certain decisions which have been from referees when it comes to home matches being played in Old Trafford.
‘’Fergie time’’ is a phrase that is well known in the Premier League and it refers to a significantly long period of time which was added to the game during matches of Manchester United especially when they were behind in the scoreboard. read more …
Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini played an integral part in the club’s revival in fortunes towards the end of the season.
The Belgian seemingly was heading towards an exit when Louis Van Gaal took over. After all, he had just completed a very poor first season at Old Trafford and he was widely rated as not being a ‘United type of player’. Amidst all such opinions,Fellaini managed to play a vital role in Unitedreturning to the Champions League. Some of his key goals came in key matches – like against West Brom – when United were struggling to make any impact.
The 27-year-old is at the peak of his career and United are set to take advantage of this physical presence in a big way going forward. The former Everton man finished last season with seven goals from 27 matches. More importantly, he has helped retain the ball in the attacking third of the pitch due to his physical presence.Fellaini, though, sees his future at United transforming into a defensive midfielder going forward. Often players resorted to playing in this position towards the end of their career, but Fellaini started out here and sees himself ending his career in this position as well. 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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Louis van Gaal has said that he expects Manchester United to hit the former heights in 2015.
The Dutchman watched his team only get a 0-0 draw against Tottenham at White Hart Lane. This was the final match of 2014 and one that allowed United’s rivals like Arsenal and Liverpool to close the gap on the top four. Despite this draw, Van Gaal says that he can be very happy with the way his team have improved over the last few months. After struggling with consistency in the first few months of Van Gaal’s regime, United are up into the top three going into 2015.
Even though the trail leaders by more than 10 points, Van Gaal says that he will not give up on the title unless it is mathematically impossible to win it. This has also been the opinion of many United players like van Persie, who has been in great form in the last few matches. Van Gaal was highly critical of the Premier League’s decision to give three matches in the space of a week during Christmas. He says that it has not provided his team with enough recovery time and this was one of the reasons for their poor second half performance against Tottenham.
“We are improving every week. Of course we will get better in 2015 so watch. Next season it will be a true Louis Van Gaal team.When you can’t win these type of matches when you’re the better team, it’s very difficult to be the champion at the end of the season.When you don’t reward yourself, normally the opponent wins. In the second half it wasn’t football anymore. It was a struggle for life. You also need a little fortune,” said Van Gaal after the draw with Tottenham just two days after the match on Boxing Day.
A few days ago David Moyes was confirmed to be the new manager of Real Sociedad. The Scottish coach spent less than 1 year in charge of Manchester United after he was sacked due to disappointing and embarrassing results which concluded in a season that the Premier League club failed on winning any major trophies and losing consistently.
During the unveiling of David Moyes as the new coach of Real Sociedad, he took the chance to talk about Manchester United and Moyes hopes that Louis van Gaal can be given enough time to develop the Premier League club and turn it into the title winning team that it was some time ago.
“I still stand by what I said at the time that I was not given enough time at United to succeed or fail. I think there was nothing wrong with how we worked and everyone can see that whoever is in charge at Manchester United, it is quite a long job to do things. Nine months would never be enough time for any manager.I think everybody could see that Manchester United was job that was going to take longer to fix than maybe some people thought’’
“It’s really important now they make sure they give Louis van Gaal plenty of time to get the job done. Because that’s what is needed.” David Moyes said as he stated that coaching a big club such as Manchester United is not an easy task and it takes time for the positive results to show.
Louis van Gaal decided to step down from coaching the Netherlands national football team and take control of Manchester United and the Dutch manager has stated that this has been his toughest job in his entire career and this is coming from a man that has been in charge of top clubs such as: Barcelona and Bayern Munich.