Marouane Fellaini has urged Manchester United to pile the pressure on City in the Manchester derby this Sunday, insisting that they “have to do everything” to get the better of Manuel Pellegrini’s men.
A remarkable turnaround in form has seen United win five league games in a row, with wins against Spurs and Liverpool consolidating their grasp on a top four spot, while City have suffered a slump in form and arrive at Old Trafford a point below United.
Mark Clattenburg will referee the Manchester derby this Sunday in what is likely to an even more fiercely contested affair than usually, given United and City go into the game separated by a single point.
Widely regarded as one of the best referees in the Premier League, Clattenburg has refereed United three times this season, sending off two United players in the process.
Alan Smith has admitted he never thought Manchester United would sign him and that the opportunity to play for Sir Alex Ferguson was too good to turn down.
In an interview with Andy Mitten on the Manchester Evening News, the former United man, now playing for Notts County in League One, revealed some interesting details over what brought him at Old Trafford.
Louis Van Gaal has been shortlisted for the Barclays Premier League Manager of the Month award for March, as a recognition for Manchester United’s much-improved form over the last month.
United won all their three league games in March, beating Newcastle at St James’ Park courtesy of a late Ashley Young goal, before losing at Arsenal at home in the quarter finals of the FA Cup.
Real Madrid defender Fabio Coentrao has admitted it would be an honour to play for Manchester United if the club came calling in the summer.
The Portuguese international has been linked with a move to Old Trafford for the past two seasons and reports in Spain suggest Louis Van Gaal could try to lure the 27-year-old to Manchester this summer.
Marouane Fellaini’s resurgence showed no signs of stopping on Saturday night, as the Belgian scored twice for his country in their 5-0 win against Cyprus.
After enduring a torrid time under David Moyes, Fellaini has been one of United’s best performers this season, scoring five goals in 23 all competitions and establishing himself as a regular in Louis Van Gaal’s starting XI.
Over the past two seasons just about anyone and everyone has been linked with a potential move to Old Trafford. In his first summer transfer window Louis Van Gaal spent nearly £150 million on new talent, bringing in six players who have all enjoyed periods of good form this season when not injured.
Although the two big name signings of Radamel Falcao and Angel Di Maria have failed to live up to expectations, Van Gaal has got the most out of his less hyped signings, like Daley Blind and Ander Herrera and Marcos Rojo.
Wayne Rooney has said that he was happy with Louis Van Gaal’s decision to deploy in his natural role up-front after a spell in midfield adding he felt pleased with his current vein of form.
Earlier in the season, with Van Gaal trying to accommodate Robin Van Persie and Radamel Falcao in the side, Rooney found himself deployed as central midfielder, as United shifted between 4-4-2 and 3-5-2 formations.