Louis Van Gaal has said that he won’t listen to the fans’ opinions when it comes to picking his team, for it’d be impossible to take into account the views of 600m supporters.
United fans chanted “four-four-two” early in the second half against QPR on Saturday, as they made clear they wanted to see United reverting to a more traditional system, having badly struggled with a 3-5-2 formation in the first half. However, Van Gaal said that despite the improved performance in the second half, he will not cave in to fans’ pressure and will continue to choose the system he deems more suited to the occasion.
Manchester United put last week’s defeat against Southampton behind them with a 2-0 win at QPR but things were far from being as straightforward as the scoreline suggests. United toiled in the first half and would have probably been behind had it not been for a couple of superb saves from David De Gea, though they looked a complete different side in the second half and managed to clinch their third away win of the season.
Here’s five things we have learnt from Saturday.
Luke Shaw has admitted he hadn’t grasped the size of Manchester United until he signed for the club last summer and insisted his meteoric rise from Southampton to United via the England World Cup squad will not distract him.
“You don’t actually know how big it is until you sign for it – around the whole world, the fan base and everything,” Shaw said in an interview with the Guardian, in which he discussed his rise from promising teenager to England international within the last 18 months.
Louis Van Gaal could be given another £150m to further bolster his squad, according to some of today’s back pages. Van Gaal and Ed Woodward are due to meet on Friday to discuss the club strategy in the coming summer transfer window but the United manager could even try to add a signing this month.
According to the Daily Mirror, the man Van Gaal is desperate to add to his squad this month is Borussia Dortmund centre-back Mats Hummels, who’s long been linked with a move to United. The Germany international stated last summer that he had no intention of leaving the Westfalenstadion but with Dortmund enduring a torrid season, he could well become the latest high profile figure to leave the Bundesliga club.
Manchester United have had a bid for Palermo’s striker Paulo Dybala turned down, according to the Serie A club’s president Maurizio Zamparini.
Zamparini told Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport that he had rejected a bid from United for the Argentinian, insisting that he’s worth more than €40m (£31m), though he added he would speak again about Dybala with United “in six months.”
Paul Pogba has insisted that Manchester United still have a special place in his heart and that his decision to leave Old Trafford was motivated by Sir Alex Ferguson’s reluctance to give him an extended run in the side.
Pogba’s acrimonious exit from Old Trafford has been well documented as the Frenchman, frustrated by the lack of first team opportunities, decided to move to Juventus on a free transfer after United declined to meet his financial demands.
Darren Fletcher has emerged as a surprise transfer target for West Bromwich Albion, as the Baggies’ new manager Tony Pulis looks to add experience to his squad in the January transfer window.
According to the Manchester Evening News, Pulis had already wanted to sign the midfielder when he was in charge of Crystal Palace last season, but he didn’t follow up his interest as he quit Selhurst Park shortly before the start of the current campaign.
Manchester United have confirmed they have reached an agreement with Dinamo Zagreb to sell Angelo Henriquez to the Croatian side for €1m (£780,000).
The 20-year-old joined Croatia’s biggest club on loan last summer and Dinamo’s manager Zoran Mamic told Chilean website Prensa Futbol that the striker will make his move permanent at the end of the season.