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.
Wayne Rooney has been voted Manchester United’s Player of the Month for December, as United ended 2014 in third place on the table on the back of an eight-game unbeaten league run.
With 46% of the votes Rooney finished just ahead of Michael Carrick and Ashley Young, both influential figures during United’s streak which included six consecutive wins across the last two months of 2014.
David Moyes has compared Adnan Januzaj to Johan Cruyff, claiming the Belgian is a special player, who’s mature despite his young age and desperate to succeed.
Januzaj has had limited opportunities under Louis Van Gaal this season but was arguably the only positive of Moyes’ spell in charge at United, as the Belgian established himself as one of the best young players in the Premier League and earned himself a spot in Belgium squad for the World Cup.
Darren Fletcher has said him and his teammates are desperate to lift the FA Cup this season, 11 years on since they last lifted English football’s oldest trophy.
Fletcher was in the squad that beat in the final Millwall in 2004, but tasted the feat against Arsenal 12 months later and was on the losing side against Chelsea in the first final at the new Wembley stadium in 2007. That was the last occasion United reached the final, before twice falling in the semifinal in 2009 and 2011 and Fletcher insists United have to put the record straight this season.
Holland legend and former Barcelona manager Johann Cruyff has said Louis Van Gaal has made a mistake by choosing to criticise the hectic festive season programme in English football, given he’s the one who chose to manage an English club.
Van Gaal said that the number of games teams were forced to play during the Christmas period had a negative impact not only on players’ fitness and teams’ results but also on the supporters.
Louis Van Gaal has warned Manchester United that they face an “all or nothing” scenario when they face League One side Yeovil Town in the third round of the FA Cup on Sunday.
With seven wins in their last 10 Premier League games, United travel to Huish Park as the overwhelming favourites and the Dutchman has stressed they “will go into the match fully prepared” to avoid any potential upsets.
Louis Van Gaal has admitted Manchester United were lucky to escape with a 1-1 draw against Stoke on New Year’s Day, as he watched his side struggle against the Potters’ physicality.
United fell behind to an early Ryan Shawcross goal and while they fought their back into the game courtesy of Radamel Falcao’s second goal in two games, they never looked comfortable and were forced to hang on for large spells of the game.
Sir Alex Ferguson has insisted that Louis Van Gaal has done well to stir Manchester United in third place, given the number of injuries he’s faced since the start of the season and the former United manager remains convinced the Dutchman is the right man for the club.
Speaking to BT Sport, Fergie said that Van Gaal should be judged only once he has a fully fit squad at his disposal, by when United are likely to fully click into gear, according to the former United manager.