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.
David De Gea has backed Memphis Depay to haunt his former club on Wednesday night when PSV Eindhoven travel to Old Trafford in the Champions League.
On Saturday, the Dutchman was handed a first start since United suffered a 3-0 defeat at the Emirates in October and he seized his chance beautifully, scoring United’s first goal in their 2-1 win at Watford and looking a more confident player than he had done at any stage over the last two months.
Juan Mata is confident Manchester United can take an important step forward in what promises to be a very delicate week for Louis Van Gaal’s side.
On Wednesday, United welcome PSV knowing that a win would secure qualification to the knockout stages of the Champions League, before travelling to top of the table Leicester City on Saturday afternoon.
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.