Manchester United moved up to third in the table after a largely unconvincing 3-1 win against Burnley last night. United were again slow and predictable in the first half and while things improved in the second 45 minutes, Burnley will feel disappointed they did not take the chances that United’s abysmal defence gifted them.
Here’s five things we’ve learnt from last night.
Louis Van Gaal has said that Wayne Rooney still has a future as a striker at Manchester United, despite having been deployed as central midfielder since the turn of the year.
After scoring eight goals and assisted four in the first 14 league games of the season, Rooney’s form has dropped since Van Gaal decided to deploy him deeper to accommodate Robin Van Persie and Radamel Falcao up-front.
Paul Scholes has described Louis Van Gaal’s reaction to Sam Allardyce’s jibe as “bizarre”, adding that the reaction was not suited to a Manchester United manager.
Following United’s last minute equaliser against West Ham on Sunday, Allardyce slammed United as a “long ball” team, only for Van Gaal to produce a dossier in Tuesday’s press conference showing that Allardyce’s comments were baseless.
North London, 28 April 2013. Manchester United travel to the Emirates having already clinched the title and they are welcomed onto the pitch by a guard of honour, while Sir Alex Ferguson prepares to face Arsene Wenger for the last time in his career.
In the away end’s concourse, travelling United fans have been bouncing long before kick-off.
Angel Di Maria has insisted he’s happy at Manchester United, but conceded that the typical Mancunian weather and the task of learning a new language are hurdles he is yet to overcome.
Since returning from a spell out on the sidelines, the Argentine has failed to recapture the fluency he had shown earlier this season, while rumours linking him with a move to PSG emerged after Di Maria’s house was burgled last week.
However, the former Real Madrid man insisted he’s happy at United.
When Sky Sports finally brought an end to their info graphics and flashing charts that had led an aggressive visual assault on anyone who watched for the last two months, no one was questioning United’s attacking line.
The man that controls Jim White’s unnaturally expressive face took his hand out of his rectum and replaced the animatronic doll in the props cupboard until January.
Daley Blind has praised United’s away support after Louis Van Gaal’s men snatched an unlikely equaliser against West Ham on Sunday.
Despite United delivering another dull and boring performance, the away fans were in fine voice as usual and, thanks to Blind’s last-gasp equaliser, the trip back from East London was made more bearable.
Manchester United have opened talks with David De Gea over a new contract, according to Jorge Mendes, the goalkeeper’s agent.
The 24-year-old, who has less than 18 months left on his contract, has been in outstanding form this season and has repeatedly been linked with a move to Real Madrid, as the Spanish giants look to replace Iker Casillas.