Owen: Manchester United Have Not Justified Their A?150m Spending

Former striker Michael Owen has slammed Manchester United for considering a top four finish as a sign of success, and blames the sidea s attacking forces for performing below par throughout this season. The Red Devils spent A?150 million to bring in reinforcements in the form of Angel Di Maria, Radamel Falcao amongst others in the summer last year. But despite the massive expenditure, new manager Louis van Gaal, who was brought in to help the club recover from last seasona s disastrous seventh place finish under David Moyes, failed to turn the team into title contenders. The Old Trafford outfit are currently fourth in the Premier League table, 12 points behind leaders Chelsea, and seven points adrift of second placed Manchester City. The club have not lost a single game since their defeat against Manuel Pellegrinia s side earlier in November last year, but their only real hope of winning any trophy is in the FA Cup. And Owen […]

“I Thought Manchester United’s ai??i??9 Million Move Was A Joke”: Bebe

Manchester Uniteda s former forward Tiago Bebe has said that he was shocked to learn that the English club were willing to pay a 9 million to Vitoria de Guimaraes for his services, but insists that his life in England is a thing of the past as he now hopes to shine for new club Cordoba. The Portuguese-born player signed for the Primeira Liga side in 2010 from Estrela, but after just five weeks with the new club, it was reported that Uniteda s then manager Sir Alex Ferguson had signed a mystery player, and Tiago moved to Old Trafford. The 24-year-old had a buyout clause of a 9 million with Guimaraes, and the Red Devils reportedly met that to bring the player to Manchester in a sheer gamble of a deal considering Ferguson had just met him the day before the contract was signed and had never seen him play. a I had a contract with a termination clause […]

Van Gaal Urges Team To Not Underestimate Cambridge United; will stick to 3-5-2

  Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has stated that he will stick to his favoured 3-5-2 formation when they take on Cambridge United in the FA Cup tomorrow, and has urged his side to keep a good on their shoulders against a weaker opponent. The Dutch manager has come under severe criticism, both from the cluba s supporters and football pundits, for his tactical decisions at Old Trafford that have backfired on various occasions. There have been cries urging the former Bayern Munich boss to switch to a more orthodox back four, but Van Gaal has clearly said that he will stick to his plan and the team will have to perform accordingly. a We have played the 4-4-2 diamond shape for five or six games and we have created a lot of chances, but we have also conceded a few goals against us and that is the balance of the teama , he said in a press conference […]

De Gea Will Say No To Real Madrid; Rumors Of A Swap Deal Untrue: Reports

  Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea might reject any move from Spanish giants Real Madrid this year, as the playera s heart is set on winning silver ware with the English club, reports suggest. The Spanish international has had a brilliant season at Old Trafford so far, with his saves single-handedly winning games for Louis van Gaala s side. De Gea is close to winning the cluba s player of the year award for the second consecutive time this season, and has developed into one of the finest shot-stoppers during his time in England. But his recent prowess on the football field has attracted the attention of the Blancos, and with the 24-year-olda scontract at Manchester United set to expire in the summer next year, the Champions Leaguea s holders are reportedly interested in bringing the player to Santiago Bernabeu as a replacement for ageing Iker Casillas, Rumours also suggested that a swap deal between De Gea and Gareth […]

Di Maria And Falcao Were Too Expensive For Chelsea, Reveals Mourinho

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has said that he came close to bringing in both Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao to the Stamford Bridge last Summer, but did not close the deal due the their high wage demands. The two players joined English rivals Manchester United in August last year. While the Argentine winger came to Old Trafford in a record transfer fee of A?59.7 million after an illustrious spell with Spanish giants Real Madrid, where he helped the club win their tenth Champions League title last year, Falcao joined Louis van Gaala s outfit in a huge A?6 million season long loan deal from Ligue 1 side Monaco. Mourinho has revealed that his agent Jorge Mendes, who also represents both Di Maria and Falcao, came to him with the offer to sign the players for the Blues, but he had to turn it down because with the regulations of UEFAa s Financial Fair Play, Chelsea wouldna t have been […]

Van Gaal’s 3-5-2 Is Making Manchester United Slow, Feels Gary Neville

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has defended the opinion of the cluba s supporters, and insists that manager Louis van Gaala s favored 3-5-2 formation has made the side slow. The Red Devils lined up with three central defenders against Queen Park Rangers on Saturday, but failed to breakdown Harry Redknappa s side resulting in a disappointing first half. A pocket of away fans at Loftus Road were heard chanting strategic advice to the Dutch manager, as they were shouting for a change to 4-4-2 urging the team to attack. Van Gaal seemingly took their advice and brought in James Wilson for Jonny Evans to deploy a more traditional back four in the opening minutes of the second half, and was instantly rewarded after substitute Marouane Fellainia s strike gave them the lead in the 57th minute followed by Wilsona s goal in injury time, as the side bagged an important three points And Neville believes that the fans […]

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal blamed fatigue and a tight festive schedule after their Premier League fixture against Tottenham Hotspur ended in a goalless draw last night. Within 48 hours of defeating Newcastle United 3-1 at Old Trafford on Boxing Day, the Reds travelled to London to take the field at White Hart Lane in the their last game of the year, as they looked to close the gap on Chelsea and Manchester City. But despite creating numerous goal-scoring chances in the first half, with Radamel Falcao, Juan Mata and Robin Van Persie all coming close to netting the coveted opener, nothing got past goalkeeper Hugo Lloris as Unitedai??i??s title chase was hindered by a frustrating stalemate. Manchester United are now ten points behind Jose Mourinhoai??i??s side, who currently sit at the top, followed by City, despite both sides dropping points yesterday. However, Van Gaal bemoans losing the two points, and insisted that even with Ai??the physical demands of […]

Shaw, Herrera still sidelined, but Smalling Might Return For Manchester United, Feels Van Gaal

  Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has said that none of his injured players will be making a comeback for the Boxing Day fixture against Newcastle United, but believes that defender Chris Smalling might recover on time to play on Friday. The 25-year-old had suffered an injury during their 2-1 win over Southampton earlier this month and had since then been side lined for the Redsai??i?? fixtures against Liverpool and Aston Villa, but the Dutchman hopes heai??i??ll be fit to take on the Magpies. Midfielder Ander Herrera is still out with a muscle injury, while Marouane Fellaini will also be unavailable due to an illness. The Red Devils have also been without the services of Luke Shaw this month, and will once again have to take the field without the Englishman. Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind have also been ruled out. With back to back fixtures in a tightly packed Christmas schedule, Van Gaal feels the growing injury list […]

Arsenal Ready To Give Their All, Claims Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes his side is ready to put their best foot forward in the remainder of the season, and insists that getting back in to the top four of the Premier League will be the priority. The Gunners are currently sixth in the league standings, four points away from a Champions League spot, and are on the back of a hard fought 2-2 draw against Liverpool on Sunday. But the Frenchman will be hoping to get back to winning ways and grab an important three points when they host Queen Park Rangers on Boxing Day, before they gear up to take on fourth placed West Ham United and then fifth placed Southampton in quick succession. And Wenger is hopeful that despite the difficult Christmas schedule the Emirates Stadium outfit will be able to achieve the maximum points and start the New Year on a positive note, insisting that with most of the players returning from injuries in […]

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal insists that he demands perfection from his side in every game, despite former boss Sir Alex Ferguson telling him to be content with the results. With six consecutive wins under the belt this season, the 20-times English champions are on their best run since the arrival of the Dutchman in the summer this year, after the hiccups of the initial few months that saw them crashing out of the League Cup by losing 4-0 to MK Dons. But the former Barcelona coach claims that his side have still not played up to their potential and feels that though the results are all that matter, the team has a lot of room for improvement. ai???I’m not only focused on results, although of course that’s the main thing. When I speak with Sir Alex he says: ‘There’s no problem – you’ve won’,ai??? Van Gaal was quoted as saying by Sky Sports. ai???But for me it’s also […]