Van Gaal Confirms All Players Except Carrick Fit For Trip To Upton Park

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has confirmed that all players except Michael Carrick will be up for selection for their trip to West Ham United on Sunday, a luxury that the Dutchman has rarely had in the season so far. Battling with an injury-hit squad for the past few months, Van Gaal has had to make the best out of the limited options he had. But with the season reaching a crucial point, and United in desperate need of consolidating a spot in the top four of the Premier League, a reduced injury list would definitely be a reason to be happy about. Manchester United are currently third in the league table, with Southampton and Arsenal close at their heels with a one point gap. The Red Devils have also progressed to the fifth round in the FA Cup and will be riding high on confidence following their four-match winning streak. Coupled with that is the fact that the […]

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has said that he will contest the Football Associationai??i??s charges on him, alleging him of trying to bring disrepute to the game. The Dutchman claimed ai???that every aspect of the game, the pitch, the refereeai??i?? was against his side and were in support of the underdogs, after Unitedai??i??s FA Cup fourth round tie against Cambridge United at the Abbey Stadium ended in a goalless draw last month. But Van Gaal asserts that he has failed to understand the basis of the charges and continues to maintain that he wasnai??i??t at fault, insisting that he has every intention of clearing his name. ai???I am now for nearly 30 years a trainer-coach or manager and I have never been chargedai???, the 63-year-old said via the Mirror in a press conference earlier today. ai???You can confirm, as the media, that I never say anything about the referee, in all the matches I have played. ai???I said it […]

West Ham United Center back Winston Reid has risked the wrath of the fans as he is close to agreeing a pre-contract with the Hammers’ London rivals Tottenham that will see him join them for free in the summer. Reid’s current contract expires in the summer, and as the talks of a contract extension broke down after Reid rejected it, he might be on his way to Tottenham. The New Zealand international has had an impressive season so far which raised some eyebrows as the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham were being linked with him, however, Mauricio Pochettino’s side are set to steal him ahead of the others. Earlier in the month, manager Sam Allardyce had admitted that Reid will leave in the summer after his contract expires, “There is no future for Winston Reid at West Ham at the moment. His contract finishes on June 30. He hasn’t said he’s going to sign or that he’s not going […]

Lazio have opened talks over a bid to sign Ravel Morrison from West Ham. Lazio are being linked with a surprise move for former Manchester United youth Ravel Morrison, and are suggested to have already reached an agreement. The midfielder has been reported as in dispute with current team West Ham United over his contract and is not expected to renew past its expiry in June. SportMediaset are leading reports in Italy today that Lazio subsequently find themselves in negotiations with the 21-year-old. Reported as having had an interest in the player since his days at Manchester United, Lazio are suggested by SportMediaset as having already reached agreement on a contract from July. West Ham are now ready to let the 21-year-old Morrison leave for a nominal fee, even though there is an A?18 million buyout in his contract, after deciding that he has no future at the club. Sam Allardyce, the West Ham manager, signed Morrison from Manchester United […]

Chelsea entertain West Ham United in the first game on Boxing day and it promises to be an intriguingAi??encounter as both sides have had impressive campaigns so far and will want to stay where they are. Last time the two sides met, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho accused West Ham of playing ’19th-century football’ after Sam Allardyce’s side took a very defensive approachAi??in the 0-0 draw that transpired at Stamford Bridge. This time, it could get even more harder as the Hammers have even better defensively this season compared to the last campaign as they have conceded just 19 goals and find themselves in the top four; the first time since 1985. Chelsea have won their last two games in the league after the defeat to Newcastle and have done so without playing at their best. Mourinho’s men beat Stoke City in their last game and made it look really easy despite playing at the Britannia. West Ham could provide a […]

New Zealand international Winston Reidai??i??s contract expires at the end of the season. West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has placed a A?20 million price tag on New Zealand defender Winston Reid even though the defender could be available for free next summer. Reid has been a regular in the Hammers team and has been a major protagonist to their superb start this season which has seen them climb all the way up to fourth in the table. The centre back has not yet committed to a new deal and, with his contract expiring at the end of the season, has been linked with a January move to Arsenal or Liverpool. However, Allardyce has revealed he has no plans to sell Reid during the upcoming transfer window ai??i?? unless another club decides to splash the cash. “He ainai??i??t going anywhere. He is not going anywhere unless someone bids A?20m or something like that,” said Allardyce. “There is obviously not a lot […]