Manchester United moved eight points clear of Liverpool, who occupy the fifth spot, after a 4-2 win over archrivals Manchester City on Sunday.
Juan Mata was one of the scorers in this excellent game for the Red Devils. He has been in sparkling form ever since being recalled as the replacement for an ineffective Angel di Maria. Mata scored the crucial third goal for the team. Despite getting this crucial victory, Mata reckons that United should not forget the important task of securing Champions League football for next campaign.
After being in the fight with several clubs over the last few months, United are in a position to return to the Champions League automatically if they finish in the top three. They will have to go through the qualifiers if they finish in the fourth spot, which is currently occupied by City. Manuel Pellegrini’s men are four points behind United, but they have a much easier run-in in the rest of the campaign. United still have matches against Arsenal and Chelsea. As a result, the prospect of returning to the Champions League is not a foregone conclusion for United. With Mata in such sparkling form, it would be not surprising to see the club win four out of the next six matches. Read more »
Radamel Falcao arrived to Old Trafford on September 1st of 2014, the Colombian was seen as a superstar of a player and this was mainly due to the impressive string of performances and goals that he managed to score during his time performing for Athletic Madrid but his goal-scoring record took a serious plunge since he moved to Monaco.
Louis van Gaal still believed that Falcao was a top performer and he decided to sign the Colombian forward on a loan deal which has an option of turning into a permanent transfer depending on how well he performs in Old Trafford but it does not seem like this is going to happen as Falcao continues to struggle in scoring goals on a consistent basis.
In 16 appearances for Manchester United in the Premier League, Falcao has scored 4 goals. Read more »
Louis Van Gaal has made it clear that he wants to win the FA Cup this season with Manchester United.
The main objective for the club this campaign will be to get back into the top four. Only a few weeks ago, the possibility of mounting an unlikely title challenge seemed to come good. This has been spoiled by the recent run of three draws in four matches. After being knocked out of the League Cup at a very early stage, United have been looking into the possibility of scheduling midweek friendly matches in order to keep the players happy.
The arrival of the FA Cup, though, gives Van Gaal a competitive option. He also sees the trophy – the oldest in world football – as an ideal way to show the progress that he has made in the last six months at the club. After struggling heavily to get results during the first few months, van Gaal has shown that he can work his magic yet again. League One strugglers Yeovil Town will be the opponents for United in the third round of the FA Cup. Given the lower stature and the poor form of the opponents, there is a tendency for United to relax. Van Gaal has rejected those suggestions by saying that he will be fielding his strongest team.
“We know from our early exit in the [League] Cup that league places mean nothing in the cups but I know that also from Ajax and Barcelona so it’s not only like that in England.It is always a shock when you play against a lower team because you can assume that you have to win but it is not like that in football.I have lost with Ajax against a lower team – against Cambuur, for example. I lost at Barcelona against a third-division team,” said Van Gaal.
A few weeks ago Manchester United offered Victor Valdes the chance to recover from his anterior cruciate knee ligament injury by training in the facilities of the Premier League club. The Spanish goalkeeper is a free agent and he was linked with a move to Liverpool but the head coach of Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers shut down those claims and rumors as the manager stated that he doesn’t have any plans of including Valdes in his Liverpool squad.
Now the future of Victor Valdes is cloudy as Valdes has not received any official offers from a top European club and there were rumors of Louis van Gaal being interested in signing him on a free deal and this could be why the Dutchman offered Valdes the chance to fully recover from his latest injuries in the training facilities of Manchester United but if you take into consideration that Louis van Gaal already has at his disposal David de Gea, it does not sound realistic at all that Valdes would replace David de Gea who has been making splendid performances in every match.
David de Gea even attracted the attention of Real Madrid as the Spanish club is willing to offer Manchester United a substantially high offer in order to bring David de Gea to Real Madrid but the goalkeeper said that he is happy playing with Manchester United and does not have any plans of leaving.
ThibautCourtois and David de Gea are 2 of the brightest goalkeepers and even at the age of 22 and 24 respectively they are already considered to be some of the best players in the world in world of goalkeepers and it would be immensely shocking and surprising if Manchester United are willing to sell their jewel to Real Madrid even if an astronomically high bid is offered, it just wouldn’t be the correct choice for Manchester United and especially considering the current situation they are in where the defence struggles and seems to be getting weakened more and more as each week and match passes on.