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Is United On The Verge Of Losing Another Young Starlet

Old-Trafford-NewManchester United are close to losing young star Andreas Pereira according to his father, Marcos, who the Daily Express claims he is in talks with a move to Dutch side PSV

The 19-year-old Pereira joined United in 2011 from PSV, but it looking to make a move back to Holland after failing to be given a chance in the Red Devils’ first-team in the Premier League.

The teenager only his made debut earlier this season when Man Utd were dumped out of the Capital One Cup second round against MK Dons, who beat Louis van Gaal’s side 4-0.

Pereira’s father is quoted as saying in the Express as saying:

“It is true that we talk to PSV. PSV have contacted our representatives. The intention is that they will soon go to the table with PSV.

“The situation is such that the contract of Andreas with Manchester United after the season ending. Our business representatives are in talks with the club over a new contract, but Andreas ready to play and looking for playing time.

“If that is not at Manchester United, but at another club. PSV is taking a very serious option. It is a top club and Andreas has always loved playing. Contacts with PSV have always been good and the door is always open for a return.”

This is becoming an all too familiar a situation for United, who famously let Paul Pogba leave for Juventus on a free transfer back in 2012 and now the Frenchman is one of the hottest talents in world football.

I am not saying that Pereira is another Pogba, but by all accounts he is a very talented player with a bright future ahead of him.


Gary Neville: Louis van Gaal Needs To Be Given Time

lvg-newFormer Manchester United captain Gary Neville believes that Louis van Gaal should not be fired if United fail to qualify for the Champions League again.

David Moyes was sacked by United last season after it become mathematically impossible for his side to qualify for the Champions League, but Neville suggested his successor should not be judged by the same criteria.

“Louis van Gaal should not be sacked, even though it would be a terrible season for Man United and Louis van Gaal. He would probably say it was a big failure because he knows his job this season — he has to get in the Champions League.

“But, on the other hand, if he didn’t, no, you can’t just sack a manager one year and then sack another manager the year after. Where do you go from there?

“There has to be a level of continuity. I absolutely believe this time there will be continuity at Man United and they will stand by him even if he doesn’t finish in the top four and that’s the right thing to do.”

Despite Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Swansea City, United remain fourth in the table and Neville believes they will qualify for the Champions League.

“I still think Manchester United will finish in the top four — I think they will scrape in,” he said. “At the start of the season I thought they’d finish third. There is a period in March where they have Arsenal in an FA Cup quarterfinal, then they have Spurs the Sunday after and Liverpool after that. There is an international break and then they have got Aston Villa, Man City and Chelsea.

“That will be a big period but, actually, Van Gaal and Man United started the season really poorly and these big games came along and they seemed to grow.

“I’d like to think these games will inspire some of the bigger players at Man United. They need to step up their performances. There is no doubt about that.”

Not so sure if United’s moneymen will agree with Neville. United financially could overcome missing the Champions League once, but the cost to miss it again will be at least another £50 million. Even for a club as rich as United that is a lot of money.

There is also the issue of signing world class players this summer if United miss out on the Champions League again. Will they be able to attract the kind of players they will need to get back amongst the elite of Europe?

Do you think van Gaal will keep his job if United fail to finish in the top four?


lvg-new2Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is fighting to improve the club’s style of play, according to his compatriot Ronald de Boer.

United have come in for criticism for employing what some perceive as long-ball tactics despite spending £150 million on new players last summer.

Ajax academy chief De Boer believes United have not yet come to terms with Van Gaal’s preferred possession-based style, despite sitting fourth in the Premier League table.

Speaking on talkSPORT’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show, De Boer said:

‘Van Gaal is struggling a little bit at Manchester United. Not with the amount of points he’s got, but with his style.’

‘It’s not the way he wants to play. He’s fighting to get there. At the moment it’s not the football that we are used to with Louis.’


DDG1David de Gea is reportedly closing in on a new long-term Manchester United contract after Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti made clear he is happy with his goalkeeping options.

Real have been closely monitoring De Gea’s progress at Old Trafford, his outstanding displays for Louis van Gaal’s side alerting the Spanish giant’s.

United have made clear their intention to sign the keeper to an improved contract, but Madrid’s interest had created a potentially alarming stumbling block towards fresh terms.

However, Ancelotti has informed intermediaries he is happy with Iker Casillas and Keilor Navas and that a move for De Gea is now not a priority for Real.

The news comes as a huge boost to United’s hopes of extending the 24-year-old’s contract, which currently expires at the end of next season.

Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel says a new contract for De Gea would send an important message as the Old Trafford club look to get back to the top.

Schmeichel, who won five Premier League titles, three FA Cups and one Champions League title with United, says the club must tie the stopper down to show their rivals at home and abroad that they mean business after a difficult 18 months following Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.

‘It’s very important the club’s best players sign new contracts to send a signal,’ Schmeichel told Sky Sports.

‘It shows that they believe in the Manchester United project and believe the club will go back not only to the top of the Premier League but also European football.’


Daley Blind: I have won trust of Man United fans

daley-blindManchester United midfielder Daley Blind believes he has won the fan’s trust during his first season at Old Trafford, reports the club’s official website.

Blind joined United from Ajax for £14 million, and though Louis van Gaal played him at left wing-back for the Netherlands during last summer’s World Cup, he has mainly been used as a defensive midfielder this term.

The 24-year-old has made 14 appearances in the Premier League so far, and he has averaged 89% pass accuracy, and scored two goals. Both of his goals were late equalisers in away games, against West Brom and West Ham respectively, which secured a point for his team

Blind believes he has already developed a good relationship with the United support, and he is looking to repay the faith they have displayed.

The midfielder said: “Things feel great. I definitely feel their trust and their faith in me and I hope I can pay them back in every game. I want to work hard and show them what I’m capable of. I’m definitely feeling good here and I want to thank the fans for that.”

Blind has started every league match for United since he recovered from a knee injury last month, and the absence of Michael Carrick has only made him more important to the team.

United lost 2-1 to Swansea last weekend, ending a run of just one defeat in their past 19 matches in all competitions. They remain in the top four, though Southampton, Liverpool, and Tottenham are all chasing a Champions League spot, and they take on Sunderland at home on Saturday.


wayne-rooney-small.jpgWayne Rooney has warned Manchester United they cannot afford another slip-up if they are to make an instant return to the Champions League.

This damaging defeat at the Liberty Stadium, which completed Swansea’s first league double over the Red Devils, means United’s top-four aspirations are in real doubt.

Louis van Gaal’s men host Sunderland at Old Trafford on Saturday before embarking on a punishing seven-match sequence which includes games against Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea and Everton.

It leaves little margin for error if Van Gaal is to meet the minimum requirement from his first season in charge, and the club that dominated the English game for two decades are to avoid spending a second season outside of Europe’s elite.

Rooney, restored to his more familiar forward role after a spell in the United midfield, knows dropping points against Gus Poyet’s struggling Black Cats is not an option.

The England captain said:

“We need to hit back next week. It is a must-win game.

“There are still a lot of games to go and we have to bounce back from this quickly, go on another good run and try to keep us in a good position to finish in that top four.”

“We dominated but maybe didn’t test the keeper enough up until they scored, that’s disappointing given the play we had,” said Rooney.

“It was one-way traffic and it felt like that on the pitch, it felt like a matter of time. We were putting them under pressure but they did defend the box well, putting bodies in front of the ball, but this is a blow for us, coming away from today with no points having played like that.”


Van Gaal Stunned That United Lost To Swansea

lvg2-mufcRobin van Persie left the Liberty Stadium on crutches as Louis van Gaal branded Manchester United’s defeat at Swansea as “amazing”.

Dutch striker Van Persie was injured late on in the 2-1 defeat at Swansea as United slipped to fourth in the Barclays Premier League following Arsenal’s win at Crystal Palace.

United took a first-half lead through Ander Herrera but Ki Sung-yueng equalised within two minutes and Bafetimbi Gomis gave Swansea victory when he deflected Jonjo Shelvey’s 73rd minute strike past David de Gea.

Gomis’ goal secured Swansea’s first-ever league double over United after the Welsh club’s 2-1 win at Old Trafford on the opening day of the season in August, but Van Gaal felt what was only his side’s second defeat in 20 games in all competitions was undeserved on the balance of play.

Official statistics on the Barclays Premier League website showed United had 12 shots compared to Swansea’s eight, but Van Gaal’s men managed only three on target compared to the home team’s six.

“It is always frustrating when you lose and you are the dominating team, your disappointment is much bigger because of that,” United manager Van Gaal said.

“In the first half it was an equal game as I counted as many chances for Swansea as we had.

“That was not a big difference, but in the second half it was a big difference.

“Swansea had a chance in the first minute of the second half and after that we dominated the game.

“Every two minutes we had a chance but we were not effective.”

Van Gaal also bemoaned the nature of Swansea’s winner when Gomis unknowingly got in the way of Shelvey’s powerful effort.

“They had one counter, the shot deviated, maybe also in an offside position from Gomis, and it was a goal,” said Van Gaal.

“Nevertheless we dominated the game even with 10 men when Robin van Persie could not run any more after his injury and I had three substitutes on the field.

“It is amazing we have lost and we have lost only to Southampton in 19 games before this, but you have to pick yourself up and continue.”

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United Lose To Swansea 2-1

Ander-Herrera-newSwansea came from behind to beat Manchester United 2-1 at the Liberty Stadium as Louis van Gaal’s side dropped to fourth in the Premier League table.

Bafetimbi Gomis’ slight touch on 73 minutes proved to be difference, with Jonjo Shelvey’s powerful 25-yard drive deflecting off the striker’s head to fly past David de Gea.

Van Gaal’s side had benefited from a deflection of their own in the first half to take the lead through Ander Herrera with 28 minutes gone, but Ki Sung-yueng levelled just two minutes later and Gomis completed the turnaround to inflict only a second defeat since November on United.

Herrera’s arrowed shot, which skimmed Ashley Williams’ boot to find the corner, was the result of a flowing passing move between Luke Shaw, Wayne Rooney and Angel di Maria, who played a perfect final ball for the goalscorer.

Swansea had twice threatened through Gomis – who had a header cleared off the line by Herrera – and responded swiftly to the setback as Ki Sung-Yueng beat Shaw to Shelvey’s cross and steered the ball past De Gea.

United increased the pressure in the second half, but Marcos Rojo headed over the bar from three yards despite being unmarked.

Robin van Persie – who left the Liberty on crutches after being injured late on – also hit the side netting before Ki set up Shelvey to fire home via Gomis.

Swansea’s first-ever double over United leaves them sitting in a comfortable position in the top half, while defeat for Van Gaal’s side comes as a bitter blow for their Champions League hopes, Arsenal leapfrogging them into third place.


rvp2Robin van Persie and Phil Jones have been passed fit to make their Manchester United comebacks at Swansea.

Joint-top scorer Van Persie missed the 3-1 win at Preston with a knock while centre-back Jones came off in the fifth minute of the victory over Burnley with an ankle injury.

But United will visit the Liberty Stadium with only Michael Carrick on the injured list.

And they have received a boost with the news their vice-captain, who has missed the last three games because of a calf injury, will resume training next week.

“They [Jones and van Persie] are fit to play,” manager Louis van Gaal told MUTV. “Only Carrick is still injured. I think he shall train with the group next week. I expect that, but you never know. You’ll have to wait and see.”

Van Persie gives United an option to the out-of-form Radamel Falcao in attack while Jones could challenge Marcos Rojo and Chris Smalling for the centre-back spots.

Van Gaal believes he is finally close to fielding his strongest side after a season when United have suffered more than 50 injuries.

He said in a news conference:

“We are very close to that stage. I have started in the first four months to select out of only the fit players and as you know we have always had 10 or 11 injuries .

“Now in the last months we have only one or two players injured, for example now only Michael Carrick is injured, so that is also a big difference. That is also because the way of training the players have to adapt, this has been completed and that is different to the beginning.

“We don’t have to forget that we have said it in advance that the American tour was not good for the preparation for a team in the Premier League.”


Manchester United Statistical Analysis

We analyse Manchester United’s performances from the 2014/15 Premier League season.

Interesting take on Manchester United’s problems this season. Under Fergie, United players did not want to upset him by playing too safe. Under Van Gaal, however, playing passes that can concede possession are more likely to upset him.

The consequence is that they are passing the ball to death around the back four and in deep midfield positions, worried about what might happen if they stray from their manager’s instructions. Then when they run out of ideas, United play the long ball forward, a category where they lead the Premier League in.

The result is that United have thus become the dullest Manchester United side in recent memory.

The question is do you care if van Gaal gets United back into the Champions League next season?