Manchester United Press Conference

Van Gaal: We Are Looking To Sell Players

As his troops get ready to do battle with Leicester City at Old Trafford on Saturday, Louis Van Gaal faced the media earlier today. The Dutchman has come into the firing line after recent results saw his team unable to perform at the level expected off of them. The Red Devils have only managed winning two games in the last six they have played in all competitions. What’s more, their performances have also dropped, with the team scoring just five goals in those games. Little surprise then, that the first question thrown at Van Gaal was about the team’s diminished attacking potential, this despite spending a major chunk of that £150m on the forward line. “It’s true that we have not created too many in the last two or three matches, but therefore I have changed system. We have to play more quickly because our opponents are defending and make a small space, so it’s difficult then to attack. Everybody […] Read more »

Manchester United defence: Moyes' obsession with Ferdinand and Vidic hurting the team

Manchester United vs Leicester City – Team News, Tactics, Lineup and Prediction

Manchester United vs Leicester City Old Trafford, Manchester 31 January 2014 1500 hours UTC Manchester United prepare to welcome Leicester City at home as Premier League football returns after a one week gap to allow the domestic cup ties to be scheduled. It is after a gap of almost 11 years since the Foxes last played a Premier League fixture at this ground and much has changed since then especially for Manchester United. Gary Neville, the scorer of the solitary goal in that fixture in April 2004 has retired from football, many United stars and legends like Scholes, Giggs and Cristiano Ronaldo have moved to another club or even retired and probably most important of all, Sir Alex Ferguson is no longer the manager at Old Trafford. That unenviable job now belongs to erstwhile Dutch national team manager, Louis van Gaal after having crushed David Moyes under its ominous weight. The thorn in the flesh for most United supporters would […] Read more »

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Darren Fletcher Is Leaving Manchester United For West Ham, Confirms Van Gaal

Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal confirmed that midfielder Darren Fletcher is set to join West Ham United on a free transfer. Darren Fletcher has been with the club since the year 2000 when he joined their u18 side from Tynecastle FC back then for a free transfer. The Scot had made just 12 appearances (five starts) in all competitions for Manchester United this season as Van Gaal has preferred the likes of Marouane Fellaini, Daley Blind and Ander Herrera. Van Gaal confirmed in a press conference today that Fletcher will leave the Red Devils after not getting regular game time, ”Fletcher is out of contract at the end of the season and has been granted a free transfer. He is now in West Ham, I believe. We have to wait and see. He is my third captain, an important guy in the dressing room. “I like him as a human being. But he has not played so much.” Fletcher’s contract […] Read more »

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Bale rules out United move, says he’s ‘really happy’ at Madrid

The world’s most expensive player, Gareth Bale, believes that he’s going to stay at Real Madrid for a foreseeable amount of time. The Welshman is constantly being linked to a big money move back to the Premier League, but insists he’s staying put. The club rumoured to be most interested in the 25 year-old are 20-time English champions Manchester United, who slurred more than £150m in the summer. Bale, however, doesn’t seem to be paying too much heed to the reports. When asked about it, Bale told Cadena Ser, “I can’t imagine myself at Manchester United.” “In a recent interview they asked me if I was unhappy at Real Madrid and I told them I’m really happy here. I’ve got several years left on my contract and I’m enjoying myself.” “We’re winning trophies and I want to keep doing that here at Madrid.” The former Spurs star then went on to reveal that he hopes to take advantage of Cristiano […] Read more »

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Pogba Will Never Return To Manchester United, Says Andrea Pirlo

Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo feels that Manchester United’s treatment of Paul Pogba could mean that he’ll never return to the club. Pogba had a three-year spell at Manchester United but couldn’t make the senior squad despite some impressive displays for their u21 side. He subsequently made the switch to Serie A giants Juventus for a free transfer in 2012 and since then his development has been massive. The Frenchman was named the Golden boy player of the year for 2013 has acheived a lot despite being just 21 years of age. The United faithful would love to see Pogba return after seeing what he has done in the last two years and he is someone that they could use as their midfield has lacked a special player since the departure of Paul Scholes. Pogba has been linked with a return to Manchester United by various British tabloids, but his teammate Andrea Pirlo feels that such a move is very very unlikely. He […] Read more »

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Van Persie unsure about Manchester United future

Dutch striker Robin van Persie has said that he isn’t quite certain about his long-term future at current club Manchester United. The 31 year-old, who joined the club in 2012, has a contract that runs till 2016, but beyond that he doesn’t know what will happen. “It is not up to me,” said the 31-year-old. “For the moment I am staying here for 18 months. That is it really. I can’t look into the future. I don’t know what is going to happen after that. We shall have to wait and see.” The former Arsenal man, who almost single-handedly won the Red Devils the title in 2012-13 season, also admitted that he is unhappy with his goal tally of eight goals from 25 matches so far this season. The team in its entirety hasn’t been up to the mark as they have only managed five goals in the last 6 games with the last being a 0-0 draw against League […] Read more »

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FA Cup: Arsenal face Middlesbrough next

Holders Arsenal may have been convincing in the first half against Brighton on Sunday, but were given a real scare in the second half, and will need to do a whole lot better if they are to get past their fifth round opponents – Middlesbrough. The Smoggies put in a stunning performance at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, knocking out Premier League champions Manchester City. The club are currently being managed by former Jose Mourinho assistant Aitor Karanka who has done quite a job, steering the team to second place in the Championship. Karanka will now take his team to the Emirates Stadium, knowing that they will, once again, have nothing to lose. With City and Chelsea both eliminated, Manchester United will know that winning the FA Cup may actually be a realistic possibility now. Nevertheless, they must do a whole lot better when they play Cambridge at home in the fourth round replay. Interestingly, the Red Devils are slated […] Read more »