It appears this week’s theme is despair vs faith.
Either you’re willing to give Van Gaal time to build his team, bed in new players and establish a regime or you’re frothing at the mouth, grabbing torches and pitchforks, incoherently muttering about Dennis Irwin and are ready to hire the latest European manager with a floppy fringe.
David De Gea has dismissed rumours of problems between him and Louis Van Gaal as “complete lies”, insisting he’s really happy at Manchester United.
The Spaniard has been United’s player of the season so far with his performances attracting attention from Real Madrid, while speculations on his future have abounded.
Manchester United will be without Robin Van Persie for at least a month, after the Dutchman suffered an ankle injury against Swansea on Saturday.
Van Persie was forced to play on as Louis Van Gaal had already used all of his three substitutions, but ended up hobbling around for the last 20 minutes of the match as United chased an equaliser that did not materialise.
Peter Schmeichel has urged Manchester United to extend David De Gea’s contract in a bid to send a strong message to other Premier League and European clubs.
The 51-year-old has suggested that a new deal for the Spanish keeper, whose contract expires at the end of next season, would not only strengthen United but it would also reiterate their intention to remain competitive.
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Former AC Milan and Chelsea star Ruud Gullit has claimed he was left surprise by Louis Van Gaal’s decision not to sign Mats Hummels last summer and in the January transfer window.
United have been linked with the Borussia Dortmund defender for over a year but despite the speculation the German international has remained at the Westfalenstadion so far, with United signing Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo last summer.
Wayne Rooney has warned Manchester United to cut out their mistakes or otherwise they run the risk of miss out on a top four finish come the end of the season.
Saturday’s defeat at Swansea left United fourth, just a point ahead of Southampton and only two points ahead of Liverpool, while Spurs’ last minute draw against West Ham meant the North Londoners are within three points of Louis Van Gaal’s side.
Louis Van Gaal claimed Manchester United are the best team in the league on current form and that his players have finally started to come to terms with his football philosophy.
United’s new-found resilience has seen them lose just once in their last 19 games since 2 November and they go into Saturday’s game against Swansea third on the table and a game away from a first FA Cup semifinal in four years.
The clock ticks over to the 72nd minute. A high ball is thrown into the penalty area, thousands watch in despair as an oversized, over vilified Belgian rises higher than any other to destroy Preston North End’s dreams.
Throwing elbows, fouling two defenders and breaking hearts all over the North West, Marouane Fellaini thuds home the goal that will send Manchester United into an FA Cup quarter final.