Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted he was “petrified” at the thought of wearing the shirt that had belonged to David Beckham.
The Portuguese, not the sort of man one would normally associate with a lack of confidence these days, arrived at Old Trafford a month after Beckham had departed for Real Madrid and revealed he had no intentions of taking on the famous number 7 shirt.
Louis Van Gaal has admitted he’s been left “bored and angry” by watching Manchester United this season, although he insisted his side’s struggles were also due to other teams setting up defensively against them.
United travel to Newcastle tonight having won their last two consecutive matches in all competitions but knowing that no other team in the top six has scored less goals.
Paul Scholes has claimed he would be depressed if he was playing for the current Manchester United side.
United edged past Sheffield United and into the fourth round of the FA Cup thanks to a late Wayne Rooney penalty after an utterly dismal performance that saw them fail to muster a shot on goal until late in the second half.
Manchester United are still capable to win a trophy this season and lifting some silverware could serve as a springboard for them, according to Louis Van Gaal.
United have not lifted a trophy since winning the Premier League in the 2012-13 season and have already been knocked out of the Champions League and the Capital One Cup this season, but Van Gaal believes the FA Cup and the Premier League are still on his side’s radar.
Sanchez urges Arsenal to sign Hernandez – report
Alexis Sanchez has urged Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger to sign Javier Hernandez in the January transfer window, according to Don Balon.
Hernandez joined Bayer Leverkusen this summer after being deemed surplus to requirements at Manchester United by Louis van Gaal.
The Mexican has flourished since moving to Germany, scoring 22 goals in 21 appearances in all competitions for club and country this term.
Sanchez, who is currently injured, has been impressed by Hernandez and wants Arsenal to sign him in January.
Hernandez was a fans’ favourite at United prior to his departure and it would come as a bitter blow if he joined and did well at Arsenal.
The potential move would compound the misery supporters have felt over Hernandez as he continues to score goals for Bayer while United struggle in front of goal. The hope is that Louis van Gaal has one or two targets of his own lined up as United are in desperate need of some attacking impetus.
Manchester United have ended 2015 on a downbeat note after a dismal December has seen them embark on their worst run of form in 26 years.
United have failed to score in five of their last eight home games, have not found the back of the net in their last three consecutive Premier League games and have not won in their last eight games in all competitions.
Louis Van Gaal is not going to change his methods but can still turn things around at Manchester United, according to Chris Smalling.
The Dutchman has looked on borrowed time since a dismal December has seen United go eight games without a win in all competition, scoring just once in their last four Premier League games against Bournemouth, Norwich, Stoke and Chelsea.
Jorge Mendes, Jose Mourinho’s agent, has dismissed rumours suggesting Manchester United had approached the former Chelsea manager to replace Louis Van Gaal.
With the Dutchman increasingly under pressure after a miserable run of results that has seen United knocked out of the Champions League and then lose consecutive games to newly promoted Bournemouth and Norwich, Mourinho has been linked with a move to Old Trafford since being sacked by Chelsea.