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.
Louis Van Gaal has told Gary Neville that he must pay attention to his words when talking about Manchester United, after Neville’s comments on Sky Sports last night.
Speaking on Monday Night Football, the former United captain said that Van Gaal’s team had “got away with murder” after beating Southampton 2-1 despite having only two shots on goal. Neville had also suggested that, based on both teams’ current form, United vs Liverpool on Sunday would be “like The Dog and Duck versus The Red Lion”.
Louis Van Gaal has said that Radamel Falcao must adapt to his substitute role until he regains full fitness and that he will not start at Southampton tonight.
The Colombian has scored just once since arriving on loan from Monaco and was only used as a substitute against Hull and Stoke City after missing over a month with a calf injury.
David De Gea has been named the PFA Fans’ Player of the Month for November, further proof that the Spaniard is finally beginning to receive the credit he deserves.
The United keeper kept two clean sheets in three games in January, remaining unbeaten at home against Crystal Palace and Hull and conceding just one against Arsenal, as United clinched their first away win of the season. At the Emirates, De Gea was outstanding as United withstood an early onslaught from Arsenal, with the Spaniard pulling off a couple of superb saves to keep the Gunners at bay.
Louis Van Gaal has urged his team to be more ruthless in front of goal and to dispose of their opponents more swiftly than they’ve done in the first three months of the campaign.
United go into Saturday’s game against on the back of their first away of the season and, with two home fixtures in four days, United could well be looking at traveling to Southampton in 10 days time with four consecutive wins under their belt, as they beat Crystal Palace before the international break.