Sir Alex Ferguson has described Michael Carrick as the best English midfielder during an interview with Clare Balding for a BT Sport Christmas Day special.
Fergie, who signed Carrick from Tottenham Hotspur in the summer of 2006, claimed the 33-year-old is the best English central midfielder at the moment. The former Spurs man has been influential in United’s six-game winning run that came to an end against Aston Villa on Saturday, with Louis Van Gaal deploying him at centre-back in some occasions.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has described Louis Van Gaal as the man United needed to steady the ship following last season’s shambolic performances. The Norwegian labeled Van Gaal as a “breath of fresh air” and said the Dutchman’s charisma and aura will restore a winning mentality at the club.
United have won six games in a row and are the Premier League’s in-form side going into what could turn out to be a crucial Christmas period, as United face Villa, Spurs and Stoke away with Newcastle at home on Boxing Day the only festive fixture at Old Trafford.
Radamel Falcao has admitted that his future at Manchester United remains uncertain but has also insisted that he’s determined to convince the club to offer him a permanent deal.
A muscle injury and a calf problem have limited the Colombian to just three starts and one Premier League goal since his arrival on loan from Monaco on transfer deadline day, but the Colombian he’s out to prove Louis Van Gaal that he deserves a spot in the starting XI.
Wayne Rooney has described David De Gea as the best keeper in the world, after the Spaniard pulled off a string of superb saves to deny Raheem Sterling and Mario Balotelli on Sunday.
Despite having to play with a different back four almost every game, De Gea’s form this season has been nothing short of outstanding and Rooney was quick to heap praise on his teammate.
Wayne Rooney believes Manchester United can win the Premier League, despite entering the Christmas period eight points behind league leaders Chelsea.
United’s 3-0 thumping of Liverpool was their sixth win in a row and consolidated their third place on the table, but Rooney believes United can now be considered dark horses in the race to the title, after they cut the gap from Chelsea from 13 points to eight in just over two weeks.
Juan Mata is enjoying playing alongside fellow Spaniard Ander Herrera, as the two have renewed a partnership they first forged when playing for Spain U21 team, with which they won the European Championship in 2011.
Following his arrival from Athletic Bilbao this summer, Herrera has appeared eight times for United, playing alongside Mata in each of those occasions and the former Chelsea man told the club’s official website he’s relishing the opportunity of playing alongside the Basque.
Robin Van Persie has said that United are looking forward to play Liverpool on Sunday and will go into the game with confidence sky high after winning five games in a row.
The Dutchman was instrumental on Monday night, scoring both goals as United clinched their second consecutive away win and moved up to third in the table, their highest league position since the first game of last season.
Mike Phelan has criticised Manchester United’s training regime and hinted that Louis Van Gaal could be partly responsible for the number of injuries that have hit his squad in the first four months of the season.
Chris Smalling became the 43rd player to fall victim to an injury when he had to be replaced after 15 minutes against Southampton on Monday night, the third time he’s been sidelined this season.