Dec 11 2015
This opening paragraph is largely irrelevant. Everyone reading this will have already made up his or her minds about the man at the helm of Manchester United. Like one of Donald Trump’s thoughts you’re either filled with hatred or largely uncertain of anything.
The fact remains that regardless of what anyone thinks Louis Van Gaal will remain Manchester United manager. Here are some other facts. United are three points off the top of the Premier League. This is a young team full of potential and Katie Hopkins can spit acid up to 150 feet.
Some facts may need clarification but before this has been released United are still definitely three points away from first place.
Defeat in Wolfsburg was disappointing and a reminder that United have a lot of work to do before they can call themselves that tired propaganda rhetoric of “the biggest club in the world”. Football works in the short term and that label can only belong to a team performing in the present.
With a team in tatters through injuries and still thread bare during a rebuilding stage Saturday’s trip to Bournemouth could not have come at a better time. That is not sarcasm, it is an opportunity for a young group of players to step up and hold the United mantle aloft.
Not too dissimilar to a group of footballers in 1992.
Manchester United team news
In the interest of keeping to the prescribed word count this will have to be brief. Otherwise we won’t get through the entire list.
Chris Smalling and Matteo Darmian join the United injured starting XI, brining the total to nine injured players and one suspension.
Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones, Ander Herrera, Antonio Valencia, Wayne Rooney and Luke Shaw remain out. Bastian Schweinsteiger misses out through suspension after an incident that no one saw because they’d probably fallen asleep by that stage in the game.
Bournemouth team news
Artur Boruc is expected to continue in goal for Bournemouth despite an ongoing knee problem, while Adam Federici and Marc Pugh have recovered from injury.
Lee Tomlin and on-loan Christian Atsu have returned to training but need to build up their fitness levels.
Although they were beaten and beaten well in Wolfsburg, the young United players on the pitch that night can take pride in their performance. They played without fear, taking risks and attacking with intent. Something that has been missing for many months at Old Trafford.
With a large number of injuries it is important that this young side take their chances and begin to flourish. After an emphatic start to his United career Antony Martial had somewhat dropped off the radar. But an excellent finish against Wolfsburg midweek reminded everyone what a talent the young Frenchman is.
Yet to convince on the same scale is the young Dutch forward Memphis Depay. Although the Dutchman may need to improve his attitude off the pitch, on the pitch things look to be improving. With a run in the side and a consistent front three to work with, United could see the beginnings of a future generation.
Predicted starting XI