Louis Van Gaal has admitted Manchester United owe fans a result after a dismal season that has seen them drift away from a top four finish in the Premier League and on the verge of being knocked out from the Europa League.
United host Liverpool on Thursday night and will need a miracle if they’re to overturn the 2-0 defeat they suffered at Anfield a week ago. However, Van Gaal insisted his side has a chance to progress to the quarter finals and the crowd will play a big part in it.
Louis Van Gaal has accused Dimitri Payet of diving just before scoring the opener for West Ham on Sunday. The Frenchman had already been booked when it went down after making contact with Marcos Rojo in the box, only for Martin Atkinson to deem the contact not worth of a penalty.
However, given that Payet was already on a yellow card, some suggested he should have received a second yellow. Minutes later, the Frenchman netted a fantastic free-kick to give West Ham a 1-0 lead, before Anthony Martial rescued United with seven minutes to go.
Louis Van Gaal has criticised Manchester United for giving away two cheap goals that cost them the game on Thursday night at Anfield and addressed some his wrath to the officials, who gifted Liverpool a penalty in the first half.
United were outplayed throughout the game, although Van Gaal believes Liverpool to be awarded a first half penalty when Memphis was judged to have brought down Nathaniel Clyne in the box. The decision didn’t go down well with Van Gaal.
Louis Van Gaal said he believed Manchester United could still progress to the quarter finals of the Europa League despite an utterly shambolic display that saw them lose the first leg 2-0 to Liverpool on Thursday night.
United were never at the races and were outplayed from kick off, going behind to a Daniel Sturridge penalty midway through the first half before conceding a second with less than 20 minutes to go. Van Gaal, however, insisted his side could still turn the tie around in six days time.
Gerard Pique rules out ever joining Manchester City: “My love for United is too strong”
Barcelona’s Gerard Pique has ruled out the possibility of following Pep Guardiola to Manchester City this summer due to his “love” for former club Manchester United.
Guardiola, currently in charge of Barcelona, will join City at the end of the campaign, leading to speculation as to who the Spaniard might want to sign at the Etihad stadium.
Pique worked with Guardiola at Barcelona but the defender insisted he has no intention of joining City.
“My love for United is too strong to go to City, so I don’t see myself in their shirt, even though Pep is a great coach,” he said.
Pique joined United in 2004 but he found first team opportunities limited due to the form of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand.
Since joining Barcelona in 2008, the Spaniard has established himself as one of the finest central defenders in the world. It is good to see that he still holds United in high regard and he is certainly welcome back to Old Trafford should he get tired of winning everything at Barcelona.
Louis Van Gaal has apologised for theatrically throwing himself to the ground in front of fourth official Mike Dean midway through the second half of United’s 3-2 win against Arsenal, as he mocked what he perceived to be persistent diving by players of the visiting side.
Throughout the season, Van Gaal has been criticised for never showing emotions and never leaving the dugout but on Sunday he stormed towards the touchline, folder firmly in his grasp before throwing himself to the ground, a move which was met with a roar of approval by the fans.
Romero; Varela, Carrick, Blind, Riley; Schneiderlin, Ander Herrera; Lingard, Mata, Memphis; Martial.
Subs: J.Pereira, Rojo, Poole, McNair, Love, A.Pereira, Rashford.
Louis Van Gaal has urged his Manchester United to pick themselves up after a dismal couple weeks and book themselves a place in the quarter finals of the FA Cup by beating Shrewsbury Town on Monday night.
The Dutchman, who remains on borrowed time at the club amid growing speculations he will be replaced by either Jose’ Mourinho or Ryan Giggs, has told his players every game between now and the end of the season is a must win game, starting with tonight’s trip to the League One outfit.