Manchester United have not given up the fight to clinch a top four finish this season, despite being six points adrift of fourth-placed Manchester City, said Michael Carrick.
United dropped two points away at Stamford Bridge on Sunday when they conceded a late equaliser, meaning they’re now six points behind Manuel Pellegrini’s men, which still have to welcome United at the Etihad, and with a largely inferior goal difference.
Paul Scholes has described Manchester United has an “average side” delivering average performances and added it was not surprising to see them knocked out of the Champions League.
United crashed out of European football’s elite competitions after losing 3-2 at Wolfsburg on Tuesday night, as they failed to hold on to an early lead and conceded three largely avoidable goals.
Louis Van Gaal has explained the reasons behind his decision to replace Bastian Schweinsteiger on Tuesday night, as United chased an equaliser against Wolfsburg.
The United manager said the German had not delivered the kind of performance he’s capable of producing, leading to him being replaced by Michael Carrick halfway through the second half.
Bastian Schweinsteiger has claimed Manchester United will not feel the pressure tonight when they face Wolfsburg in a do-or-die Champions League tie.
United traveled to Germany knowing they’ll have to beat the Bundesliga side to qualify or else they will have to rely on CSKA Moscow securing at least a point in Eindhoven against PSV. However, Schweinsteiger claimed Louis Van Gaal’s side were not under any pressure and know what’s required of them tonight.
Manchester United have confirmed Morgan Schneiderlin and Wayne Rooney will miss the Champions League game against Wolfsburg on Tuesday night.
Antonio Valencia, Phil Jones, Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera have also not traveled with the team, which sees the surprise inclusion of Nick Powell just over a week since he made his first appearance of the season for the reserves after a lengthy spell on the sideline.
Bastian Schweinsteiger and Louis Van Gaal believe Manchester United can win the Champions League this season, despite getting their European campaign off to the wrong start by losing 2-1 against PSV Eindhoven.
The United manager, who guided Ajax to back-to-back finals in 1995 and 1996 – losing the latter – and steered Bayern Munich to the final against Inter Milan in 2010, said his aim was to take United to the final act of the competition this season.
PSV  vs  Manchester United
Philips Stadion – 15 September 2015
Manchester United looked sharp in their play-off ties against Club Brugge. After beating Liverpool 3-1 over the weekend, United hoped they would carry some momentum into matchday 1 against the reigning champions of the Netherlands, who lost 2 key players in Memphis Depay and Georginio Wijnaldum in the summer. While United have struggled creating chances this season, this was not a problem here. Instead, they were sloppy converting their chances and made a couple costly mistakes that PSV were able to finish. Continue reading
Hector Moreno has apologised to Luke Shaw for the tackle that saw the Manchester United left-back suffer a double-leg fracture, but insisted he did not mean any harm.
Shaw was stretchered off while receiving oxygen after 15 minutes, as a reckless challenge from the PSV defender snapped his right leg. After the game, Louis Van Gaal said the challenge should have been punish with a red card, but Moreno insisted the challenger was a fair one.