Jorge Mendes, Radamel Falcao’s agent, has admitted he doesn’t know where his client will play next season but claimed the Colombian will almost certainly leave United if he’s not guaranteed a spot in the starting XI.
Having struggled with fitness issues since joining United on loan from Monaco last summer, the Colombian returned in the squad making four consecutive starts and scoring twice in the process, with his goals against Aston Villa and Stoke earning United two points. United’s number nine, however, was left out of the squad for Sunday’s defeat against Southampton for “tactical reasons” and his future at the club remains in doubt.
Lou Macari and Ron Atkinson have criticised Manchester United’s performance against Southampton on Sunday, claiming that Louis Van Gaal must ensure his philosophy translates to results on the pitch.
Despite having an almost fully-fit squad for the first time in months, United conjured to deliver arguably their worst performance of the season, failing to register a single shot on goal as Southampton ran out deserved winner, after Dusan Tadic made the most of some typically catastrophic defending.
Michael Carrick has revealed the disappointment inside the dressing room after United saw their 10-match unbeaten run come to an end against Southampton on Sunday.
United delivered an utterly abysmal display, struggling to unlock Southamtpon’s brilliantly organised back four and failing to register a single shot on target, as Ronald Koeman’s man leapfrogged on the table to go third. The result saw the media pile pressure on Louis Van Gaal, whose insistence on deploying 3-5-2 system is yet to bear fruits.
Lets be frank here. It isn’t great really.
Coming off the back of defeat at home to Southampton there seems to be a fair amount of doubt creeping into United fans. Cards on the table and purely looking at the facts the Christmas period has been unkind. Performances have been uninspiring, the attacking football often turgid or non-existent, the defending appalling and a place in the top four slipping.
United’s 10-match unbeaten run in the Premier League came to an end against Southampton, as the Reds were totally outplayed by Ronald Koeman’s men, who deservedly clinched a 1-0 win.
United looked bereft of ideas, devoid of momentum and struggled to create any meaningful chances, in fact they failed to register a single shot on goal in 95 minutes and produced arguably their worst performance under Louis Van Gaal, who’s likely to come under intense scrutiny after this result.
Here’s five things we’ve learnt from Sunday.
What a difference a Christmas break makes. A month ago Chelsea had won the league. Southampton and West Ham were going to be in the Champions League. And families across Britain were hopeful that their lives would mean something in 2015.
Fast forward to Monday morning and the Nation is furious they can’t wear pyjamas to work while simultaneously drowning in coffee. A wet realization has soaked commuters. This year is going to be exactly the same as the last.
Gazzetta Dello Sport are reporting that promising United youngster, Adnan Januzaj, has become a serious target for Italian giants, Juventus.
The Serie A side are reportedly interested in acquiring the services of Wesley Sneijder from Galatasaray but have grown frustrated by the Turkish clubs refusal to drop their asking price.
The report suggests Januzaj and United could be open to a loan move until the end of the season.
Manchester United have officially confirmed the signing of former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes, who has signed an 18-month deal with the club with the option to extend it for a further year.
The 32-year-old had been training at Carrington since October in a bid to recover from a serious knee injury that had seen his proposed move to Monaco collapse last summer and has impressed Louis Van Gaal enough to convince the United manager to offer him a contract.