Holland legend and former Barcelona manager Johann Cruyff has said Louis Van Gaal has made a mistake by choosing to criticise the hectic festive season programme in English football, given he’s the one who chose to manage an English club.
Van Gaal said that the number of games teams were forced to play during the Christmas period had a negative impact not only on players’ fitness and teams’ results but also on the supporters.
Louis Van Gaal has warned Manchester United that they face an “all or nothing” scenario when they face League One side Yeovil Town in the third round of the FA Cup on Sunday.
With seven wins in their last 10 Premier League games, United travel to Huish Park as the overwhelming favourites and the Dutchman has stressed they “will go into the match fully prepared” to avoid any potential upsets.
Louis Van Gaal has admitted Manchester United were lucky to escape with a 1-1 draw against Stoke on New Year’s Day, as he watched his side struggle against the Potters’ physicality.
United fell behind to an early Ryan Shawcross goal and while they fought their back into the game courtesy of Radamel Falcao’s second goal in two games, they never looked comfortable and were forced to hang on for large spells of the game.
After the cans have been cleared away, the taste of ale scrubbed from your mouth and you’ve snuck out without her, noticing football fans can get back to the important things in life.
The best thing about January 1st is the promise of football. While everyone else is focusing on a new year and a new start, Macaulay Culkin swears that this is the year he gets his life back on track and Rene Zellweger promises no more plastic surgery in 2015, United fans will hope to nurse a hangover with victory at the Britannia stadium.
Manchester United players might have add Christmas Day off but there was no post-festivity hangover as they brushed Newcastle aside, claiming a seventh win in the last eight games and consolidating their third spot.
Here’s five major talking points from Boxing Day, ahead of United’s trip to North London tomorrow.
Realistically Tottenham have become a team with the same manager merry-go-round as Real Madrid, but with the London side it’s been more like aiming for Kate Upton covered in chocolate but ending up with Kerry Katona and a half empty bottle of curry sauce. This preview is written with Mauricio Pochettino currently at the helm, but keeping in mind this could change by Sunday.
So when United face Neil Warnock’s side on Sunday they will be coming up against a team with a leaky defence, questionable performances but the ability to grind out results. Sounds familiar.
Manchester United could pocket £7.5m for Tom Cleverley when the transfer window opens in January, after Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert confirmed he would like to sign the midfielder on a permanent basis.
Cleverley joined Villa on loan on transfer deadline day, after Louis Van Gaal deemed him surplus to requirements and the 25-year-old could now make his switch to Villa Park permanent, a decision which is unlikely to upset many United fans, who have grown disillusioned and frustrated with the midfielder.
Sir Alex Ferguson has insisted that Louis Van Gaal has done well to stir Manchester United in third place, given the number of injuries he’s faced since the start of the season and the former United manager remains convinced the Dutchman is the right man for the club.
Speaking to BT Sport, Fergie said that Van Gaal should be judged only once he has a fully fit squad at his disposal, by when United are likely to fully click into gear, according to the former United manager.