Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted he was “petrified” at the thought of wearing the shirt that had belonged to David Beckham.
The Portuguese, not the sort of man one would normally associate with a lack of confidence these days, arrived at Old Trafford a month after Beckham had departed for Real Madrid and revealed he had no intentions of taking on the famous number 7 shirt.
Louis Van Gaal has admitted he’s been left “bored and angry” by watching Manchester United this season, although he insisted his side’s struggles were also due to other teams setting up defensively against them.
United travel to Newcastle tonight having won their last two consecutive matches in all competitions but knowing that no other team in the top six has scored less goals.
Louis Van Gaal has explained he replaced Juan Mata on Saturday because he was not satisfied with the Spaniard’s effort in covering the role he was given.
Mata was largely anonymous against Sheffield United until he was replaced in the 60th minute by Memphis Depay, who went close with a long-range effort before winning a penalty in the third minute of added time.
Paul Scholes has claimed he would be depressed if he was playing for the current Manchester United side.
United edged past Sheffield United and into the fourth round of the FA Cup thanks to a late Wayne Rooney penalty after an utterly dismal performance that saw them fail to muster a shot on goal until late in the second half.
Ander Herrera has echoed the thoughts of most United fans by admitting he would prefer United to be drawn away in cup competitions.
Louis Van Gaal’s side welcome Sheffield United in the third round of the FA Cup this afternoon but the Spaniard, who has previously spoken of his admiration for United’s travelling support, said he would like United to play away from home if they beat the League One side.
Manchester United are still capable to win a trophy this season and lifting some silverware could serve as a springboard for them, according to Louis Van Gaal.
United have not lifted a trophy since winning the Premier League in the 2012-13 season and have already been knocked out of the Champions League and the Capital One Cup this season, but Van Gaal believes the FA Cup and the Premier League are still on his side’s radar.
Louis Van Gaal wants his players to start showing more aggression too each other, hinting some of them were too soft with their teammates.
United ended an eight-game winless run against Swansea last weekend will reach the fourth round of the FA Cup if they beat Sheffield United at home on Saturday, but Van Gaal said it was too soon to say whether his side was back in form.
Manchester United have recalled Adnan Januzaj from his spell at Borussia Dortmund earlier than expected.
The Belgian, who joined the Bundesliga side on loan in the summer, has returned to Old Trafford after United summoned him back because of a lack of games with the 2013 Champions League runners up.