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.
David Moyes is enjoying his first real break for more than a decade after being sacked by Manchester United before the summer. His 12 months at United were met with many unwanted records after the team slumped to a new lows every week. They finished the season outside the top four for the first time in almost 2 decades and this resulted in Moyes losing his job despite having signed up six-year contract at the time of the start. The former Everton boss has been seen enjoying his time out from the game with holidays at United States.
In his first major interview since leaving United, Moyes has said that the time out from the game has enabled him to take a different look at things. He also says that he is now ready to return to management. Unlike most of the British managers, the former Preston North End boss says that he is keen to look at jobs abroad as well. He has said that the prospect of managing in the Bundesliga or the Turkish league seems extremely exciting. Unsurprisingly, Moyes has been linked with jobs in the German and Turkish leagues over the last few weeks. The possibility of a vacant job at Inter Milan could also come up in the next few weeks if results do not improve for the Italian club.
“I’m ready to go. I’ve no time scale. I’m enjoying the break but I’m a football man and I want to work. I feel my best years are still ahead of me and I do feel I am still a young manager. I’ve lots to learn and lots I want to put into practice. I think I am better equipped to take over a job like Manchester United now than even when I did take over because I’ve had a chance to see what happens, what goes on,” said Moyes.
Adnan Januzaj has proven to be one of the bright names from the Manchester United youth academy since the days of David Beckham and Paul Scholes. The Belgian international may have joined the youth academy at Manchester only a few years ago, but there is undoubtedly a feeling that he is a home-grown player. Last season, the 18-year-old broke through into the United team and was a major influence. In fact, many would go as far as saying that the emergence of Januzaj was the only bright aspect of last season when they finished seventh in the table under David Moyes’ regime.
Aged just 19 years old, it was highly expected that the winger would kick on and become the next Ryan Giggs or David Beckham. Such expectations have not been realised in the opening weeks of the campaign after Januzaj has struggled to feature regularly for United. New manager Louis van Gaal has altered the system at United to a 3-5-2 formation. Even though the club are yet to play in a fluid manner, one would expect Januzaj to feature at some point in matches given his impact last season. However, this change information coupled with a raft of new signings like Angel di Maria and Luke Shaw who compete in his position have resulted in him making only four appearances, largely as a substitute, so far.
“Unfortunately, with the embarrassment of riches Manchester United have at the moment, he’s not first choice. He’s still young though and is learning the game. He needs games to bring out his potential. Last season was very poor for United, but he was probably the one shining light in a team which didn’t perform,” said Former Manchester United winger Keith Gillespie about the predicament faced by Januzaj. He fears that the Belgian may decide to leave Old Trafford if the situation persists.