Colombia manager Jose Pekerman has said that Radamel Falcao will soon return to form and show the Premier League what he’s made of, insisting the United striker was always going to need time to adjust to a new style of football.
Having missed games against West Brom, Manchester City and Crystal Palace, the Colombian is likely to sit out United’s trip to the Emirates after the international break, prompting many to question whether the former Atletico Madrid striker will ever return to full fitness.
Juan Mata has claimed that David Moyes failed at Manchester United because he was unlucky and that the Scotsman’s work ethic will see him succeed at Real Sociedad.
Having been fired in April after just 10 months at Old Trafford, Moyes was today unveiled as the new Real Sociedad boss, after signing a 18-month deal with the Basque outfit, currently 15th in La Liga.
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has claimed that Angel Di Maria is prone to “lose control” at times, insisting the Argentinian has a tendency to misplace passes.
“People should think twice before saying that James can fill Di María’s boots because they’re very different players. Di María could take matches by storm with his energy, but he also used to lose control sometimes, misplacing important passes,” Ancelotti said.
Louis Van Gaal has admitted system changes at Manchester United have been far from ideal this season and have hampered his side’s chances of climbing up the table.
The Dutchman, however, insisted that third change in formation this season was forced upon him by a series of injury, rather than out of tactical belief and hinted that United might revert to a different system, as the current formation has seen goals drying up.
Louis Van Gaal is not planning any January signings, unless one of his main targets becomes available, according to reports that will come to a surprise to many, who expected the Dutchman to splash money again this winter.
Having spent over £150m in the summer, Van Gaal was expected to use the January transfer window to shore up United’s shaky defence, but the Guardian today suggests that the Dutchman is unlikely to spend money in two months, choosing instead to focus on next summer.
Louis Van Gaal could give youth a chance against Crystal Palace and hand James Wilson his first start of the campaign, while dropping Robin Van Persie to the bench.
Much had been made of United’s firepower following the transfer window, but with Radamel Falcao sidelined with an injury and Van Persie struggling for form, United are yet to fully click into gear in the final third of the pitch.
Marcos Rojo could be set for shorter spell on the sidelines with a dislocated shoulder than originally thought, after the his father reportedly told an Argentinian TV his son would miss only two or three games.
On Monday, United seemed concerned that the Argentine could miss up to six weeks, with reports suggesting the centre-back could be out until January, but Rojo’s father told Argentine TV station TN.com that the injury wasn’t as serious as initially feared.
Gary Neville has defended Robin Van Persie’s performances, saying that the Dutchman’s poor start to the campaign was down to a lack of help from his teammates, who must do more to help him.
Van Persie has scored three times in nine Premier League games and has come under criticism for looking uninterested and for not being as sharp in front of goal as he was during the World Cup in Brazil and Neville admitted the former Arsenal captain was beginning to be under pressure.