With limited options in defence, could Phil Jones finally fulfil his potential? As the 3-0 defeat at Arsenal suggested, all is not rosy at the heart of Manchester United’s defence. After an extremely impressive start to the season, United’s back four were left badly exposed.
Phil Jones is fully fit for the first time this season, which could result in Daley Blind being moved to left back in Luke Shaw’s absence, a position he flourished in during the second half of last season. With Chris Smalling looking more and more assured in the heart of the defence, what has United’s other young English centre back got to offer?
David De Gea has said the saga linking him with a move to Real Madrid last summer is now behind him and has thanked the fans for their support.
The Manchester United keeper looked set to return to the Spanish capital before the end of the trasfer window, with Real Madrid adamant to secure his services after he refused to sign a new deal at Old Trafford.
Former Barcelona midfielder Xavi has claimed Louis Van Gaal is underrated, insisting the Dutchman will win a trophy at Old Trafford.
The Spaniard first broke into Barcelona’s first team when Van Gaal chose to promote him to the senior side and went on to play two seasons under the former Holland manager.
David Beckham believes Louis Van Gaal has Manchester United on the right track and that trophies will soon return to Old Trafford.
United have not won a trophy since they clinched a 20th league title in May 2013 but Beckham said his former side was making progress under Van Gaal, even though they suffered an embarrassing 3-0 defeat at the Emirates on Sunday.
David Beckham has suggested Wayne Rooney should follow Ryan Giggs’ example and adapt his style of play, if he is to extend his career and overcome his recent struggles.
The Manchester United captain has scored just one Premier League goal since 4 April and has been consistently disappointing this season, coming under fire for a series of below par performances, while Louis Van Gaal’s refusal to drop him has also been scrutinised.
Sir Alex Ferguson has defended the decision to appoint David Moyes as his replacement, even though the former Everton manager lasted only nine months at Old Trafford.
In an interview with the BBC as part of the BBC’s new documentary, Sir Alex Ferguson: Secrets of Success, the former United manager yet again insisted the process that led to Moyes’ appointment in July 2013 was extremely thorough and was a decision taken by the whole club.
Jose Mourinho has claimed Sir Alex Ferguson knew he could not convince him to replace him at Old Trafford when he retired at the end of the 2012-13 season.
The Portuguese was widely thought to be the man to replace Fergie once United’s former manager announced his intention to bring his 26-year tenure at Old Trafford to an end.
Having returned to the top of the table last week, Manchester United came crashing down to earth on Sunday, as they suffered their second defeat of the season, losing 3-0 away at Arsenal. Goals from Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil within the first 20 minutes obliterated United, who were lucky not to suffer a bigger defeat and will now have to regroup ahead of a difficult trip to Goodison Park after the international break.
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