Louis Van Gaal has admitted Manchester United owe fans a result after a dismal season that has seen them drift away from a top four finish in the Premier League and on the verge of being knocked out from the Europa League.
United host Liverpool on Thursday night and will need a miracle if they’re to overturn the 2-0 defeat they suffered at Anfield a week ago. However, Van Gaal insisted his side has a chance to progress to the quarter finals and the crowd will play a big part in it.
Nicky Butt has claimed Marcus Rashford should not be included in the England team for Euro 2016, despite a prodigious start to his senior career.
Rashford netted four goals in his first two games for United and England boss Roy Hodgson said he would not rule out the opportunity to bring the 18-year-old to France in the summer. Butt, however, indicated that would not be the right call.
Louis Van Gaal has accused Dimitri Payet of diving just before scoring the opener for West Ham on Sunday. The Frenchman had already been booked when it went down after making contact with Marcos Rojo in the box, only for Martin Atkinson to deem the contact not worth of a penalty.
However, given that Payet was already on a yellow card, some suggested he should have received a second yellow. Minutes later, the Frenchman netted a fantastic free-kick to give West Ham a 1-0 lead, before Anthony Martial rescued United with seven minutes to go.
Louis Van Gaal has criticised Manchester United for giving away two cheap goals that cost them the game on Thursday night at Anfield and addressed some his wrath to the officials, who gifted Liverpool a penalty in the first half.
United were outplayed throughout the game, although Van Gaal believes Liverpool to be awarded a first half penalty when Memphis was judged to have brought down Nathaniel Clyne in the box. The decision didn’t go down well with Van Gaal.
Louis Van Gaal said he believed Manchester United could still progress to the quarter finals of the Europa League despite an utterly shambolic display that saw them lose the first leg 2-0 to Liverpool on Thursday night.
United were never at the races and were outplayed from kick off, going behind to a Daniel Sturridge penalty midway through the first half before conceding a second with less than 20 minutes to go. Van Gaal, however, insisted his side could still turn the tie around in six days time.
Manchester United’s already slim chances of securing a top four finish were dealt a heavy blow on Sunday, as they deservedly lost 1-0 to West Bromwich Albion.
After a run of four wins in all competition that had somewhat eased the pressure on Louis Van Gaal, United delivered the sort of abysmal performance that has become a common theme of the Dutchman’s tenure.
Here’s five things we’ve learnt from Sunday
De Gea, Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Rojo, Carrick, Herrera, Lingard, Mata, Martial, Rashford.
subs: Romero, Fosu-Mensah, Varela, Schneiderlin, Weir, Fellaini, Memphis
Louis Van Gaal has described the decision to hand Juan Mata the captain’s armband in Wednesday 1-0 against Watford was an easy decision given the Spaniard’s experience.
With Wayne Rooney, Chris Smalling, Michael Carrick and Bastian Schweinsteiger all unavailable, Mata was named captain for the night and repaid his manager’s faith by scoring the crucial winner seven minutes from time.