Wayne Rooney believes Manchester United can win the Premier League, despite entering the Christmas period eight points behind league leaders Chelsea.
United’s 3-0 thumping of Liverpool was their sixth win in a row and consolidated their third place on the table, but Rooney believes United can now be considered dark horses in the race to the title, after they cut the gap from Chelsea from 13 points to eight in just over two weeks.
This world has seen many atrocities. Natural disasters, genocides, chemical warfare, Kerry Katona. Each as upsetting and as mentally scarring as the last. Features of this existence that make many question whether it’s worth bringing children into this world. Only one event could single headedly overshadow these barbaric occurrences. Leaving them all to pale in significance.
Of course this humanity-destroying, hope-dissolving, prospect-disintegrating event would be Liverpool wining the Premier League title.
Juan Mata is enjoying playing alongside fellow Spaniard Ander Herrera, as the two have renewed a partnership they first forged when playing for Spain U21 team, with which they won the European Championship in 2011.
Following his arrival from Athletic Bilbao this summer, Herrera has appeared eight times for United, playing alongside Mata in each of those occasions and the former Chelsea man told the club’s official website he’s relishing the opportunity of playing alongside the Basque.
Robin Van Persie has said that United are looking forward to play Liverpool on Sunday and will go into the game with confidence sky high after winning five games in a row.
The Dutchman was instrumental on Monday night, scoring both goals as United clinched their second consecutive away win and moved up to third in the table, their highest league position since the first game of last season.
Just under a year ago, on a cold winter night at the Britannia – the proverbial “wet Tuesday night at Stoke”, if you wish – United clinched a spot in the League Cup semifinal after a 2-0 win.
The game, as dull an affair as any under David Moyes, has probably been largely forgotten by many of the neutrals, but thinking of that night must bring a smile to the faces of those who were in the away end.
Mike Phelan has criticised Manchester United’s training regime and hinted that Louis Van Gaal could be partly responsible for the number of injuries that have hit his squad in the first four months of the season.
Chris Smalling became the 43rd player to fall victim to an injury when he had to be replaced after 15 minutes against Southampton on Monday night, the third time he’s been sidelined this season.
Louis Van Gaal has told Gary Neville that he must pay attention to his words when talking about Manchester United, after Neville’s comments on Sky Sports last night.
Speaking on Monday Night Football, the former United captain said that Van Gaal’s team had “got away with murder” after beating Southampton 2-1 despite having only two shots on goal. Neville had also suggested that, based on both teams’ current form, United vs Liverpool on Sunday would be “like The Dog and Duck versus The Red Lion”.
It wasn’t pretty, in fact it was downright horrendous and dull, as dull as United had been in years. But it was also a fifth consecutive win, the second in a row away from home and achieved against a side that, at least for the time being, is a direct rival for a top four finish.
Apart from the result and an outstanding away support there wasn’t much to save from United’s 2-1 win at Southampton, though here’s five things we have learnt from Monday night.