Bastian Schweinsteiger has defend Louis Van Gaal’s tactical approach, insisting the Dutchman wasn’t to blame for the utterly dire football Manchester United have offered this season.
United and Van Gaal have been criticised by fans and pundits for serving up a robotic, sterile possession-based football, abandoning the attacking style they were famous for but Schweinsteiger believes Van Gaal’s methods will pay dividends.
Manchester United have been dealt a fresh injury blow as Marcos Rojo looks set for a long spell on the sidelines after suffering a serious injury shoulder.
The Argentina international, who has been frustrated by injury since signing for United in the summer of 2014, was injured in training on Wednesday and was immediately sent for a scan, which revealed he is expected to be out for a number of weeks and could need surgery.
Rio Ferdinand believes Gary Neville could become a successful manager at Valencia, hinting that Manchester United will do well to keep track of their former captain’s progress in Spain.
The former England international admitted Neville’s task won’t be easy at the Mestalla but insisted his former teammate could surprise a few observers and even put himself in the frame for the manager role at Old Trafford.
Sir Alex Ferguson has backed Gary Neville to be a success in his new job as Valencia manager, adding the former United captain has everything it takes to make an excellent manager.
Neville was a surprise choice for the La Liga club, although Fergie believes Valencia have made the right choice by appointing the England coach, who has all the qualities a coach needs to succeed.
Following Gary Neville’s surprising appointment as Valencia manager, United have sent a good luck message to their former captain.
Neville, who will officially take charge of Valencia on 6 December, will remain part of the England coaching team and some have already speculated managing the La Liga outfit is the first step towards landing the United job one day.
Former Manchester United right-back Paul Parker has blamed Louis Van Gaal for scaring his players, accusing him of being too selfish for his side’s own good.
The former Holland manager has come under intense scrutiny this season as his side have played utterly dire football for the majority of the campaign so far, with fans and media united in showing their discontent at the lack of entertainment that has characterised United this season.
Cresswell: West Ham don’t need motivation
West Ham United defender Aaron Cresswell has insisted that his side will need no motivation ahead of the game against Manchester United this weekend.
Man United currently sit third in the Premier League table, while West Ham are eighth following a good start to the campaign.
Slaven Bilic’s side have already beaten the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal on the road this season and Cresswell is confident that they can take away a positive result from Old Trafford.
“We don’t need any motivation playing at Old Trafford,” Cresswell said.
“They are a fantastic team and are third in the league. We need to go there and try and get something out of the game.”
West Ham enjoyed some superb results during the early stages of the season but they’re progress has been hampered somewhat due to injuries to key players such as Dimirti Payet and Diafra Sakho.
However, they still pose a big threat and Louis van Gaal will undoubtedly have his players prepared for every eventuality ahead of the match. Van Gaal also has to figure out how to give his side some more cutting edge as United have struggled up top in recent weeks.
Louis Van Gaal’s football is so boring that is enough to make people cry, according to former Dutch legend Willem van Hanegem.
Van Hanegem, who reached the 1974 World Cup final with Holland and enjoyed an illustrious career with Feyenoord, is the latest former footballer to launch a scathing attack against Van Gaal and his brand of football, which has already been severely criticised by Paul Scholes, Roy Keane and Gary Neville.