Louis Van Gaal has criticised his Manchester United squad for committing “big errors as a team” and allowing Leicester City to turn a 3-1 defeat into a 5-3 success, United’s second defeat in their opening five league games of the season.
Having been 2-0 ahead with less than 20 minutes played, United allowed Leicester back in the game almost immediately, before then stretching their lead to 3-1 with just over 30 minutes left, only to then collapse and concede four goals in less than 25 minutes, as Leicester ran riot.
Javier Hernandez has said that he left Manchester United because the club didn’t believe in him and he has embraced the opportunity of making the most of his season-long loan at Real Madrid.
Having played a pivotal role in United’s title-winning campaigns in 2011 and 2013, Hernandez fell out of favour under David Moyes last season, making only six starts before being shipped out on loan on transfer deadline day this summer.
In today’s press conference Louis Van Gaal confirmed that United would be happy to have Cristiano Ronaldo back at the club.
Though he remained coy on whether there would be an attempt to bring the Real Madrid forward to Old Trafford. The manager conceded that Ronaldo is the type of player he would want in his team.
The rumours linking Cristiano Ronaldo with a return to Manchester United simply refuse to go away, as the Portuguese has apparently grown increasingly frustrated with life in Madrid and could leave the Bernabeu next summer.
Since leaving the club in the summer of 2009, Ronaldo has become an even better player than he was at United, scoring 256 goals in 251 appearances in all competitions for Real Madrid, but various reports have suggested that the 29-year-old is looking to engineer a move away from Madrid and back to United at the end of the season.
Rio Ferdinand has hit out at David Moyes for trying to impose a vision on United, despite the Scotsman, who was also lambasted for adopting “embarrassing” tactics, himself not being too clear about the plan.
Ferdinand returned to Old Trafford on Sunday after leaving the club on a free transfer in the summer, having brought a 10-year career at United to an end in disappointing fashion as the club endured an absolute nightmare of a season under the former Everton manager, who was criticised by Ferdinand for creating a “bad vibe”.
Phil Jones out for a month
In today’s press conference Louis Van Gaal revealed that Phil Jones is the latest to hand in his sick note, taking United’s total number of injuries to nine.
“Fellaini is more than a month away, Jones maybe three weeks or a month,” said Van Gaal.
“Carrick isn’t ready but has run for the first time on grass.”
“Johnstone has elbow problems, Smalling isn’t fit enough, Wilson and James are not ready yet. Young and Lingard are also injured,” added the United manager.
The boss had some positive news, claiming that Luke Shaw is fit and will be able to make his debut on Sunday.
It is unclear whether United will still continue with three in defence on Sunday or whether it will be a four man back line, throwing new signings Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind in at the deep end.
Regardless, it must be questioned what on earth is going on in the fitness department at United.
Radamel Falcao has said he wants to remain at Manchester United after his loan deal expires at the end of the season and that he wants to “make history” at the club.
The Colombian was a surprising signing on deadline day, as he arrived from Monaco in a season-long loan for £6m, a move which some said was a desperate one. However, with the possibility of making his switch to United permanent at the end of the season, Falcao has indicated he wants to remain at the club.
Tom Cleverley admitted he was relieved to leave Manchester United after he was targeted by section of the supporters and said in football it’s impossible to please everyone.
Cleverley joined Aston Villa a day after deadline day after a proposed move to Everton fell through and he insisted he was happy to leave Old Trafford behind, after some of the fans made him a scapegoat for the team’s failures last season.