Jesse Lingard believes Manchester United’s last-gasp win against Watford on Saturday sent out a strong message to their rivals, as Louis Van Gaal’s side looks to be developing the winning mentality it needs.
United were top of the table for a few hours after Troy Deeney’s own goal ensured the Reds picked up maximum points at Vicarage Road and will travel to Leicester next week for what is one of the unlikeliest top of the table matches in recent memory.
Louis Van Gaal has heaped praise on Memphis Depay after the Dutchman scored his first goal in two months as United beat Watford 2-1 on Saturday.
With Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney out through injury and illness respectively, Van Gaal deployed Memphis as a striker, a decision that was immediately rewarded after the former PSV man put United ahead within 10 minutes.
Manchester United leapfrogged Arsenal and Manchester City into second place on Saturday after a late own goal earned Louis Van Gaal’s side three points at Watford.
Despite not having a single striker available, United went ahead early through a Memphis Depay goal and controlled the game for over an hour before allowing the hosts back into the game until a Troy Deeney’s penalty looked to have rescued a draw for Watford.
Luckily for United, the Watford captain also found the net at the other end of the pitch. Here’s five talking points from yesterday.
Piss jousting is not a sport for everyone. A gentleman’s game usually involving two players, but sometimes a third. The winner is the one who can urinate the longest, therefore establishing himself as the dominant male. A king among men.
There is very little that compares to such a war of attrition, surviving the International break may be the only thing. In a world of such atrocities that can devastate a man to his core it is so wonderful to have the constants. Death, taxes and the Premier League.
Manchester United will be without Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial for their trip to Watford on Saturday, as Louis Van Gaal faces a serious striker shortage.
In his press conference on Friday, the United manager confirmed Martial hasn’t recovered from the knock he took to his left foot against England on Tuesday, while Rooney didn’t train on Thursday because of illness.
Belgium manager Marc Wilmots has advised Marouane Fellaini to leave Manchester United in January or else he could jeopardise his spot in the national team ahead of the European Championships next summer.
After a difficult debut campaign, Fellaini seemed to have turned his United career around last season when he established himself as a regular in the starting XI but the Belgian has since fallen off the radar, starting only one Premier League game and two League Cup matches so far this season.
Louis Van Gaal has revealed he does “nothing” as Manchester United manager but simply gets paid to delegate tasks to other members of his coaching staff.
Speaking at the annual League Managers Association event on Wednesday night, the Dutchman lifted the lid what it is like to be a modern football manager before, inevitably, touching on his philosophy.
David Beckham has urged Memphis Depay to use the number 7 shirt as a motivation to rediscover his form, adding the Dutchman had the potential to follow in the footsteps of his illustrious predecessors.
Since joining from PSV Eindhoven in the summer, the Dutchman has failed to live up to his £27.9m price-tag, with some suggesting the youngster could be the latest player to fall victim of the added pressure that comes with wearing the number 7 shirt at Manchester United.