Manchester United travel to Etihad for a vital derby against Manchester City this Sunday.
The last time these two sides met this season, both teams shared the spoils. This time, both of them will be reluctant to drop points at this delicate stage of the season.
The home side are still in the title race and will want to close the gap with Leicester City whereas Manchester United will want to give it their best for a chance of Champions League qualification.
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Roy Keane admitted being saddened by Manchester United’s current demise and claimed the players aren’t coping with the pressure that comes with playing for the club.
United were knocked out of the Europa League by Liverpool on Thursday night, yet another blow in what has become a dismal season for Louis Van Gaal’s side and Keane said United’s fall from grace was astonishing.
Louis Van Gaal said he was proud of his players’ effort despite seeing his side getting knocked out by Liverpool in the Europa League on Thursday night.
Trailing 2-0 going into the tie, United went in front through an Anthony Martial’s penalty and, for a brief moment, looked like they could turn the tie around. Those hopes, however, vanished when Philippe Coutinho equalised just before half-time, leaving United in need to score three goals int he second half.
Starting XI: De Gea, Varela, Smalling, Blind, Rojo, Carrick, Fellaini, Lingard, Mata, Martial, Rashford
Subs: Romero, Darmian, Valencia, Williams, Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger, Memphis
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.