Manchester United have been dropping further and further down the Premier League standings. Having started off the season as one of the main contenders of winning the league (especially as they were positioned in the top spots after a few weeks), after a series of draws and defeats, it seems like claiming the domestic title might be too far-fetched and possible replacements for Louis van Gaal are already being taken into consideration.
Who’d be a Manchester United fan right now eh? United are currently struggling to inspire confidence this season but did find the net three times on Tuesday night against Newcastle. Unfortunately for Louis van Gaal’s side, they also let three goals in as they were held to a draw at St. James’ Park against a spirited Magpies outfit.
If nothing else, the result showed fans that perhaps Wayne Rooney isn’t the problem and United simply need more balance throughout the side. We discuss our thoughts on United’s current standings and whether they need to invest heavily in January or wait until the summer transfer window.
After a perfect Euro 2016 qualification record from Group E, Roy Hodgson’s England look to be in solid shape for a real crack at the final stages of the tournament to be held this coming June in France.
During the qualifying process, England striker, Wayne Rooney surpassed Sir Bobby Charlton’s national team record of 49 goals by netting his number 50, with a penalty against Switzerland back in September.
Former Manchester United striker Diego Forlan believes that the club are in desperate need of some strikers in order to top the table once again. After briefly dominating the Premier League, the club have slipped several points behind table leaders Leicester.
Manager Louis van Gaal is once again under pressure after watching his team go winless in the last five matches across all competitions. Aside from dropping from the top of the table into the fourth spot, United have also been knocked out of the Champions League and will have to play with Europa league football till the end of the season.
Manchester United fans have been used to attacking football for almost 3 decades now. Hence, they are not taking the defensive tactics of manager Louis van Gaal easily.
The Dutchman has come under criticism almost since he came as a replacement for David Moyes. The criticism shows no signs of dying down even after the latest win over CSKA Moscow in the Champions League. The 1-0 victory keeps United in the hunt for a last 16 spot, which is very important especially after the opening group game defeat against PSV Eindhoven. In order to achieve a victory with a clean sheet, United opted for defensive tactics.
Louis Van Gaal was critical of the senior man Bastian Schweinsteiger again after the game versus VfL Wolfsburg which United lost to get eliminated from European Cup.
Schweinsteiger was in the starting line up of United for that vital game, but, he could not make the kind of impact Van Gaal was expecting off him and eventually, the Dutchman had to substitute him at the 70th minute mark.
Speaking in the interview given to a television presenter, the manager said, “I substituted Bastian and there’s a reason when I make a substitution. However, I would like to say he is also a normal human just like all of us.”
Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has tried to diffuse the rumours linking him with Manchester United by saying that the Premier League giants still have David de Gea on their books.
The Spaniard has been one of the top goalkeepers in the world in the last 12 months. However, he has only 12 months left on his contract and is widely expected to seal a move to the Santiago Bernebeu to play for his hometown club – Real Madrid. Even though United signed former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes during the January transfer window, it is thought that manager Louis Van Gaal does not see him as a number one right now.
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Touré was singled out with criticism after a poor display in the midfield against Manchester United.
His team suffered a 4-2 loss which has effectively ended any hopes of a title. More importantly, it has opened the possibility of City dropping out of the top four if such poor run of form continues. The team has not won an away match since the 4-1 success over Stoke City in the middle of February. They have lost an astonishing five games away from home on the trot is the Champions League match against Barcelona is also taken into account.
Since making his Manchester United debut on July 23rd of 2014, Ander Herrera has been one of the players in the team of Louis van Gaal who has managed to have a fairly impressive season as the Spanish midfielder has been awarded with a man of the match award as well as simply being one of the most useful players for his team on certain games.
Louis van Gaal will need all the help he can get in order to continue pushing Manchester United into the top spots of the Premier League as well as help forget the supporters of the club from the recent disastrous seasons that United has been experience and it seems that even though the English club is not going through the best of times, Ander Herrera wants to become a legend at Old Trafford in a similar way to Paul Scholes.
Manchester United were held to yet another disappointing draw in the Premier League after they failed to beat Stoke City at the Britannia stadium.
United have been enjoying a great run of form in recent months, but this appears to be stuttering of late with the club’s third draw in the last four league matches. United could only manage a 0-0 draw against Tottenham in the previous match. Manager Louis van Gaal blamed the fixture congestion for the ineffective second-half performance against the North London outfit. The poor performance continued against Stoke after United created little opportunities throughout the 90 minutes.