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Rooney Eyes Charlton Goal Scoring Record

rooney-celebrates2Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has set his sights on breaking a second of Sir Bobby Charlton’s goalscoring records this season.

Rooney became England’s all-time leading scorer in September when he tucked away a penalty in a 2-0 win against Switzerland at Wembley – his 50th goal for his country.

And he has begun 2016 with a bang, scoring six goals in United’s six matches so far this year.

His latest came at Derby on Friday night, a sublime curling effort from the right-hand side of the penalty area which settled United’s nerves early on in a tricky FA Cup tie and set Louis van Gaal’s team on their way to an ultimately comfortable 3-1 victory.

Van Gaal: No Change In Philosophy Or Tactics

lvg3Louis van Gaal says there has been no change of approach or philosophy at Manchester United and insists he always gives his men “freedom” to play.

Speaking after a 3-1 FA Cup fourth-round win at Derby, a result which helped ease some of the pressure being heaped upon the Dutchman, van Gaal told reporters:

“They didn’t have more freedom, they have always freedom from me.

“You want to write that but then don’t ask (a) rhetorical question. For you (it is) obvious (there is) more freedom? No. Same philosophy, same training session past three days. I give my players always freedom, building up attack is more freedom than defending.

Woodward Needs To Be Brave To Save United’s Season

lvg-woodwardManchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is doing his best Nero impersonation as the United season threatens to go up in smoke.

Media reports suggest that United’s under-fire manager Louis van Gaal has tried to resign at least twice but has been spoken out of it by Woodward. The theory being that Woodward does not want to hand the reigns of power to Giggs and the Class of 92, which has the backing of former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson. Back-room politics at its worst.

United Fans Turn On Van Gaal After Defeat

lvg-handsinheadManchester United fans vented their anger towards Louis van Gaal after watching their team slump to a hugely disappointing 1-0 defeat to Southampton.

Van Gaal’s claim last week that United were still in the hunt for the title now seems pure fantasy.

The 64-year-old observed his team slip five points behind fourth-placed Tottenham and 10 points adrift of leaders Leicester thanks to Charlie Austin’s 87th-minute winner on his Saints debut.

United supporters booed their team off at half-time and following the conclusion of the game. The United fans have largely backed Van Gaal during matches, but the Dutchman was heckled like never before as he walked down the tunnel following Saturday’s damaging defeat.

United Transfer News: Will Jack Butland Replace De Gea?

david de gea-newWith an impending two transfer ban looming, everyone expects Real Madrid to return for David de Gea this summer, when we will find out if the United keeper really does have a £30m release clause in his new deal.

If De Gea returns to Spain, who will United replace him with? The obvious choice would have been the European and World Cup winner Victor Valdes, but his exile is ending as he heads to Belgium on loan. And we have seen nothing in Sergio Romero’s limited appearances to suggest that he can be a #1 week in and week out.

United Transfer News: Valdes Finally Allowed To Leave

ddg-valdesLouis van Gaal’s treatment of Victor Valdes has been nothing short of disgraceful and it looks like the former Barcelona goalkeeper will be allowed to end his nightmare at Old Trafford afterB elgian side Standard Liege are ready to take him on loan until the end of the season.

Valdes made just two first-team appearances last season before he was omitted from the summer tour of America, after a dispute with van Gaal and is no longer allowed to train with the first-team squad at Carrington.

rooney-youngMore defensive injury woes for Louis van Gaal as Ashley Young picked up a groin injury against Liverpool last weekend that will require surgery and could well be out for the rest of the season.

Young joins fellow full-backs Antonio Valencia, Luke Shaw, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo on the sidelines, something that could prompt van Gaal into the transfer market this month, especially considering how lost Darmian looked at Anfield.

‘Young last week suffered a severe groin injury and has to have an operation so he will be out for a long time” said van Gaal.

Andreas PereiraAndreas Pereira has admitted he is frustrated at his lack of first-team football for Manchester United as he hinted he would consider going out on loan.

Pereira, 20, has only made two starts this season, both in the Capital One Cup, plus a further five substitute appearances.

And the Belgium-born Brazilian believes he needs to play more in order to realise his ambition of featuring in the 2016 Olympics, which will be held in Rio de Janeiro.

He has been linked with other clubs in both England and Europe and told GloboEsporte:

United Transfer Rumors: Marouane Fellaini To AC Milan

FBL-ENG-PR-MAN UTD-FELLAINIAccording to Sky Italia, AC Milan are interested in signing Marouane Fellaini although they feel that United’s reported asking price of £19m (£14.6m) for the midfielder is a bit high.

According to media reports in Italy, Milan’s joint chief executive Adriano Galliani will meet with Fellaini’s agent Luciano D’Onofrio this week, with the preferred option in the transfer window being a loan move with an option to buy at a future date. That seems to be the preferred way that Italian teams are buying players these days.

Van Gaal Thinks United Still In Title Race

mufc-fansManchester United manager Louis van Gaal believes the 1-0 win at arch-rivals Liverpool can re-ignite their Barclays Premier League title challenge.

Wayne Rooney’s 78th-minute strike – the visitors’ only shot on target at Anfield – settled a game low on quality and chances.

It left United within seven points of leaders Arsenal and Van Gaal has not ruled out a late charge for the summit.

“We have a lot of matches still to go,” said the Dutchman.

“We started 2016 very good with a lot of wins and I think this game will give a big boost to the players and the fans, and everyone in the environment of Manchester United.