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.
Louis Van Gaal has dismissed concerns over Wayne Rooney’s fitness, suggesting his decision to replace the striker on Saturday against Leicester was not motivated by an injury problem.
Against Claudio Ranieri’s side, Rooney, who has scored just two league goals in 12 appearances this season, was again anonymous before he was substituted with 68 minutes played.
Louis Van Gaal has warned Manchester United will have to pay particular attention to Jamie Vardy when they travel to Leicester tomorrow afternoon.
Claudio Ranieri’s side are surprisingly top of the table with a third of the season already played and the United manager knows all about the threat Vardy poses after the England international scored in Leicester’s win over United last season.
Rio Ferdinand has admitted that Manchester United were a pragmatic side under Sir Alex Ferguson, although they showed more ambition than the current team.
Speaking about the criticism Louis Van Gaal has received this season for what many perceive to be a too rigid and defensive brand of football, Ferdinand revealed United were more concerned with substance than style during Ferguson’s final seasons, but were an altogether more ambitious side.
Roy Keane has branded Wayne Rooney as “awful” and said the Manchester United striker should take a long look at himself after his side failed to score against PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday night.
United’s 0-0 draw against the Dutch champions has seriously jeopardised their chances of reaching the knockout stages of the Champions League as they will need to beat Wolfsburg away in their final group game in two weeks to go through, as PSV are expected to beat CSKA Moscow at home.
Manchester United will need to win away at Wolfsburg in two weeks if they’re to reach the knockout stage of the Champions League after they delivered arguably their worst performance of the season against PSV Eindhoven.
Knowing that a win would take them through to the next round, United started brightly before fading away and failing to create a single chance in the last 20 minutes.
Here’s five things we’ve learnt from Wednesday night.
PSV Eindhoven will unveil a banner in support of Luke Shaw when they face United at Old Trafford this evening.
The England international suffered a season-ending injury when the two side met in the first game of the Champions League group stage earlier this year, as an horrendous challenge from Alberto Moreno left Shaw with a broken leg.