David Beckham has suggested Cristiano Ronaldo should return to Manchester United on his hands and knees, if he ever decides to leave Real Madrid.
Over the last couple of weeks, the Portuguese has again been linked with a move back to Old Trafford after refusing to rule out he might leave Real Madrid in the future. Chelsea and PSG have also been billed as possible destinations but Beckham, who will play at Old Trafford on Saturday, believes there’s only one place Ronaldo should head to.
Louis Van Gaal has hinted he would rather promote youngsters through the ranks at Manchester United than simply splashing out big fees on proven players.
The Dutchman has spent £250m in his first two transfer windows since arriving at Old Trafford in July last year but, despite fears he might veer away from the club’s ethos of handing young players a chance, he’s promoted a number of players from the youth ranks into the first team.
Louis Van Gaal is expected to be in the market for a winger in January, after revealing he deems United in need of pacy wide players capable to make a difference.
United bolstered their attacking options by signing Anthony Martial on deadline day but the Frenchman isn’t a traditional winger, even though he’s been deployed out wide by Van Gaal a number of times so far this season, while Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata aren’t traditional wingers either.
Manchester United are not on the level they were six years ago as the retirement of experienced players has hurt them badly, according to Cristiano Ronaldo.
The former United number seven said United have changed since Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure and while Louis Van Gaal has steadied the ship since arriving at the club, a lot of work remains to be done.
Louis Van Gaal said he was unfazed by the criticism aimed at his decision of replacing Anthony Martial and keeping faith with Wayne Rooney on Tuesday night.
The United manager’s decision to replace the Frenchman with Marouane Fellaini halfway through the second half with the score still 0-0 was soundly booed by a large section of fans. However, Van Gaal feels his decision was vindicated as Rooney secured United’s winner shortly afterward.
Former Manchester United midfielder Andrei Kanchelskis has dismissed Louis Van Gaal’s tactics as “disgusting”, accusing the Dutchman of forcing his players to play like robots.
United have failed to score in their last three consecutive games and Kanchelskis, who watched United’s 1-1 draw against CSKA Moscow two weeks ago, was extremely critical of his former side.
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There is no denying that Manchester United have a problem right now and although Louis van Gaal doesn’t seem to accept it, fans are well aware how much Wayne Rooney‘s presence is hindering the team.
It’s more the indirect presence of him than his performances themselves because of how it displaces Anthony Martial’s position. The Frenchman scored three goals up front for Man United but has since gone a few games without finding the back of the net because he is now stuck out on the left wing.
Seemingly, the only way for Martial to go back in as the No.9 is without Rooney. For some reason, van Gaal doesn’t even want to play United’s captain in the No.10 role – technically, that could see both play but if we are to have one isolated striker then that has to be Martial.
Rooney up front is not the sole cause of United’s problem right now but one game without him and Martial leading the attack is exactly what everybody wants to see.
Patrice Evra has claimed Sir Alex Ferguson was absolutely certain Cristiano Ronaldo would return in the summer of 2013.
Ferguson announced his retirement soon after United clinched their 20th title in April 2013 and was replaced by David Moyes, who only lasted nine months in the job before being sacked in April 2014, with United languishing in seventh.