Wayne Rooney has warned Manchester United to cut out their mistakes or otherwise they run the risk of miss out on a top four finish come the end of the season.
Saturday’s defeat at Swansea left United fourth, just a point ahead of Southampton and only two points ahead of Liverpool, while Spurs’ last minute draw against West Ham meant the North Londoners are within three points of Louis Van Gaal’s side.
Louis Van Gaal claimed Manchester United are the best team in the league on current form and that his players have finally started to come to terms with his football philosophy.
United’s new-found resilience has seen them lose just once in their last 19 games since 2 November and they go into Saturday’s game against Swansea third on the table and a game away from a first FA Cup semifinal in four years.
The clock ticks over to the 72nd minute. A high ball is thrown into the penalty area, thousands watch in despair as an oversized, over vilified Belgian rises higher than any other to destroy Preston North End’s dreams.
Throwing elbows, fouling two defenders and breaking hearts all over the North West, Marouane Fellaini thuds home the goal that will send Manchester United into an FA Cup quarter final.
United fans are still grieving the loss of Sir Alex Ferguson. It needs to stop.
Years of trophies, a world class manager and a lack of depth in the league, where at least six teams can be currently seen as United’s genuine competitors, as opposed to two or three – Arsenal, Chelsea, more recently City – over the Ferguson era have ultimately left, some, United fans spoilt.
Manchester United’s new-found resilience could prove crucial if they’re to end an 11-year drought and clinch the FA Cup this season, says Ashley Young.
On Monday night, United beat Preston 3-1 to book a place in the quarter finals, meaning they’ve now lost just once – to Southampton in January – in the 19 games in all competitions they’ve played since 2 November.
Ander Herrera has praised United’s travelling support, describing them as “fantastic” in the wake of United’s 3-1 win at Preston in the fifth round of the FA Cup.
Some 5,000 Reds made the trip to Deepdale on Monday night, supporting the team in a typically loud, boisterous, fashion.
Louis Van Gaal praised Manchester United’s team spirit after his side overturned a 1-0 deficit to beat Preston 3-1 on Monday night, securing a spot in the quarter finals of the FA Cup.
After a sluggish first 45 minutes, United fell behind early in the second half but rallied to recover through goals from Ander Herrera, Marouane Fellaini and a late Wayne Rooney penalty and the United manager was particularly pleased with his team’s reaction.
Manchester United booked their place in the quarter finals of the FA Cup after coming from behind to beat Preston 3-1 at Deepdale.
Much as it’s been customary over the last few months, United struggled to impose themselves on the game, hampered by ponderous football, but found a new lease of life when Louis Van Gaal switched to a 4-4-2 formation with an hour gone. It might not have been a vintage performance but now only Arsenal stand between United and a first FA Cup semifinal since 2011.
Here’s five talking points from last night.