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Luke Shaw given time off

Luke Shaw is given time off due to PSV tie and the full back being ‘fed up’ with rehabilitation routine.

A horror tackle from PSV Eindhoven’s Hector Moreno two months ago left Luke Shaw with a broken leg. The United youngster is not expected to play again until at least March 2016.

Luke Shaw is due for a scan on Friday to assess how the recovery is going.

Boss Louis van Gaal has given Luke Shaw time off and had this to say:

I think he is dealing with his injury very good. But now he is a little bit fed up with the daily routine so I give him, and also because of PSV, four days off.

I thought, why is he fed up? Maybe it is because of the PSV match and every player has to watch the game from the stadium, to support their colleagues.

I don’t think he will be here, but I don’t know. Maybe he surprises me.

Louis van Gaal also stressed how much Luke Shaw was missed by the club:

The first match was very disappointing, not only because of the result, but also because of the loss of Luke Shaw.

For me and for us he is a very important player. I said in advance that he would be the revelation of the season, because last season it was his adaptation season.

He was on his way to do that, and because of that I did not have to buy a left full-back because I had, for example, Daley Blind and also Marcos Rojo who could play at that position, and also Ashley Young.

I think I can manage the situation but still it is a big loss because he is, in my opinion, the best left-back of Manchester United.

Responding to a question asking if Luke Shaw could return this season:

I cannot answer that.

You have to be very cautious. With an injury like that it can be going very well but, one week it can be going very bad, and then he is months behind schedule.

He has been given four days off. On Friday he has a scan and we will know more about how the injury is going.

To read the full article on the Sky Sports website, click here.

Are you looking forward to Luke Shaw’s return? Do you think he has been missed by the team? Or is that a stupid question?! We would love to hear your thoughts below in the comments.

Herrera and Jones to miss PSV game

Both Ander Herrera and Phil Jones picked up injuries in Saturday’s game at Watford.

Louis van Gaal has confirmed that both players will not be fit to play in the midweek Champions League game against PSV Eindhoven.

Ander Herrera left the field midway through the first half due to a hamstring injury and Phil Jones was substituted in the second half after twisting his ankle.

Better news for Man United is that both Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney could return for the game against PSV Eindhoven after missing the Watford game. Martial due to a foot injury and Rooney due to illness. A win against PSV would secure qualification for the knockout stages.

To read the full article on the Sky Sports website, please click here.

Watford 1-2 Man United | Match Report

Man United escape with all 3 points thanks to an injury time winner away at Watford.

Man United got off the mark early with a goal from out-of-form Memphis Depay in the 11th minute. Ander Herrera and Ashley Young played a quick one-two out on the right with Herrera curling in a first time cross into the near post. Memphis beat the defenders to the ball, leaping and placing a cushioned volley past Gomes and into the top corner.

In the 21st minute, Watford were gifted an opportunity to equalise when Ashley Young lost possession, allowing Watford to break. The ball was played through to Ighalo who passed Bastian Schweinsteiger but could only scuff his shot yards wide of David de Gea’s left hand post.

Morgan Schneiderlin had a chance to extend Man United’s lead in the 28th minute following a scramble in the Watford penalty area. The France international struck a volley, but was unable to keep it down.

Watford had another chance to pull level in the 36th minute when Capoue found space for a shot. But he too, could not hit his volley on target.

Shortly before half time Memphis found himself with possession on the left hand side. He dribbled the ball, cutting in from the left and hit a shot toward the bottom left of Watford’s goal. The shot lacked any real power and Gomes was able to get down and tip the ball round the post.

Despite the early goal from United, the first half can be described as scrappy, with neither team really taking control of the game. Man United slightly edged it having had the better chances at goal.

Memphis celebrates putting Man United ahead (Source: Mirror)
Memphis celebrates putting Man United ahead (Source: Mirror)

The second half was a little more entertaining. Man United started brightly with Jesse Lingard and Bastian Schweinsteiger both having chances to score.

In the 47th minute, Memphis played a diagonal pass to Lingard on the edge of the Watford box. Lingard took a touch then hit a left footed shot at goal, but it was no problem for Gomes who palmed the ball away.

Two minutes later Schweinsteiger found a shooting opportunity but hit his shot over the bar.

Around the hour mark Watford began to get into the game, putting a lot of pressure on Man United. They pressed United’s back line very well, creating a catalogue of chances. Approximately 7 shots were hit at the United goal with 5 of them being saved by David de Gea.

The best of the above chances fell to Abdi. The attacker hit a low volley inside the box which looked as though it was heading for the bottom left corner. But David de Gea reacted quickly to pull off an excellent save, turning the ball around the post.

In the 84th minute, it looked as though Watford were going to pay for not taking their chances, when a ball over the top fell to Lingard who was one-on-one with Gomes. It seemed so simple for Lingard who just had to lift the ball over the Watford keeper’s head. But his touch was tame and Gomes gathered it easily.

This scare did not deter Watford from coming forward and they were soon rewarded for their efforts in the 87th minute. An unnecessary tackle from Marcos Rojo in the United box resulted in referee Robert Madley pointing to the spot. Deeney stepped up and scored the penalty, bringing Watford level with just a few minutes left to play.

The last few minutes of the game were sure to have had the fans on the edge of their seats. Man United reacted positively and came at Watford looking for a late winner.

In the 90th minute, Chris Smalling got on the end of a corner, flicking the ball toward the top left corner of the goal. But Gomes, at full stretch, pulled off a good save tipping the ball wide.

Man United continued to press and in the 91st minute a saved shot fell to Bastian Schweinsteiger who hit the ball across the goal. Deeney, who scored Watford’s equaliser from the spot, came sliding in to attempt to clear the ball, but could only drag it into his own net, gifting United the goal and all three points.

Deeney turns Schweinsteiger's cross into his own net gifting Man United a goal (Source: mirror)
Deeney turns Schweinsteiger’s cross into his own net gifting Man United a goal (Source: mirror)

Watford will feel hard done by after that match as they deserved at least a point for their efforts. However, they had plenty of chances to score but failed to take them. United on the other hand will be relieved to take all three points after the late penalty and they can now look to build on that as they continue their push for a title challenge.

The win today puts Man United top of the Premier League with Manchester City, Arsenal and Leicester all to play this afternoon.

Premier League table showing Man United top (Source: BBC Football)
Man United currently sit top of the league.

What did you think of the game? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below or you can visit The United Stand Fan Forum here to join the post match discussion.

You can also watch the Watford V Man United match reaction on The United Stand’s YouTube channel by clicking here. Or by watching below.

Watford Team Sheet

Gomes
Nyom
Cathcart
Britos
Anya
Capoue
Watson
Jurado
Deeney
Abdi
Ighalo

Substitutes

Oularé
Paredes
Aké
Guédioura
Ibarbo
Diamanti
Arlauskis

Man United Team Sheet

de Gea
Jones
Smalling
Blind
Young
Schweinsteiger
Schneiderlin
Mata
Herrera
Lingard
Depay

Substitutes

Rojo
Romero
McNair
Darmian
Rashford
Pereira
Goss

Gareth Bale transfer “edging closer”

A deal between Gareth Bale and Manchester United is edging closer, according to ESPN sources.

It’s no secret that Gareth Bale has been a top target for Manchester United, particularly with Cristiano Ronaldo unlikely to leave Real Madrid any time soon.

It is also stated that United have received ‘significant encouragement’ with Gareth Bale struggling to settle in Spain.

If a big Premier League club should approach with a big money offer it is thought both Bale and Real Madrid would be open to agreeing a deal.

However, should Cristiano Ronaldo leave Real Madrid in the summer, it is very unlikely the La Liga giants would allow Bale to leave.

To read the full report, please visit the Telegraph website here.

The Bale to United rumour is one we have seen many times. Do you think it is a transfer that could happen? Would you like to see Bale at United? Let us know your thoughts in the United Stand fan forum here, or in the comments section below.

Lewis Cook “New Paul Scholes” targeted by Manchester United

Manchester United are set to beat Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal in race to sign Leeds midfielder, Lewis Cook.

The England under-19 player has attracted interest from some of the Premier League’s biggest clubs.

ESPN have claimed that United lead the race for Lewis Cook, who has been dubbed as the new Paul Scholes.

Cook signed a new contract at Elland Road last season that will keep him at Leeds until 2017.

To read the full article please visit the Express website by clicking here.

Take a look at Lewis Cook in action by clicking here or by watching below:

Robben to be rescued by United?

Arjen Robben has fallen out with team mate Robert Lewandowski after comments made by the striker.

Arjen Robben has recently returned from a torn stomach muscle injury and has taken no time to get back to his best after scoring twice in Holland’s 3-2 victory over Wales.

However, the Bayern Munich winger has not reacted positively to comments made by team mate Robert Lewandowski. The Polish goal machine has said that Robben is too greedy with the ball and instead prefers to play alongside Douglas Costa and Kingsley Coman.

The spat between the pair has alerted Manchester United who are looking to add a winger to the squad in January. United already have Memphis, Lingard and Januzaj (currently on loan at Borussia Dortmund) but the boss wants proven talent and Robben believes he can still play at the highest level for at least another 2-3 years.

Arjen Robben was close to joining Manchester United back in 2004 after receiving a tour of the club, but United refused to meet PSV’s asking price so Robben ended up signing for Chelsea.

How do you feel about the possibility of Robben joining United? It has also been reported many times that United are interested in Lewandowski. Which of the two would you prefer? Discuss below in the comment section or visit our fan forum and join the discussion here.

You can read the above article in full on the Mirror website by clicking here.

Watch Arjen Robben’s best skills, assists and goals below:

David de Gea: “I feel loved by the fans”

David de Gea thanks Louis van Gaal and fans for helping him settle back into the team after the Real Madrid transfer fiasco.

The Manchester United goalkeeper recently signed a new contract keeping him at the club until 2019. And although there is reportedly a release clause in the contract, he says that he is enjoying life at Old Trafford and is happy playing for “one of the biggest clubs in the world”.

David de Gea also sheds light on his relationship with United boss Louis van Gaal. He claims that despite the transfer saga, the pair have a normal relationship and describes the Dutchman as a joker.

Talking about his return to playing, he reiterated his appreciation to the fans by saying the reception he received “made the hairs stand up”.

If you would like to read the full article, please do so by visiting the Guardian website by clicking here.

I think I speak for the majority of United fans when I say I am pleased that he stayed and at the way he handled the whole situation throughout the summer.

Lets hope we enjoy many more years of David de Gea between the sticks.

Neymar transfer still on the cards

Manchester United, Real Madrid and Paris St Germain all monitoring Neymar’s situation at Barcelona.

As with many other transfer rumours, this one does sound a little far fetched. However, there are concerns that Barcelona will not be able to match Neymar’s wage demands.

There will be nothing Barcelona can do to stop Neymar leaving should his wage demands not be met and a club come in and trigger his £134m release clause. We all know Manchester United can afford it.

In slight contrast, United are also interested in signing Bournemouth’s Matt Ritchie. The winger scored 15 last season and helped with 17 assists. He also scored a wonder goal against Sunderland this season.

For full details of the above, please visit the Telegraph website by clicking here.

Watch Matt Ritchie’s strike by clicking here, or watching below:

Valencia out for up to 5 months

Valencia injured his foot during the goalless Manchester derby last month.

It’s reported that the Manchester United winger could face five months on the sidelines as he recovers from his injury.

The club have not given a defined timescale for his recovery. However, Valencia himself has posted photos of his foot in bandages on Twitter, saying that he “came out well from the operation”.

It is claimed that the bone above his left foot was damaged during the match and the fact he did not come off straight away meant that more damage was done.

With Valencia often used as cover at right back, this will now limit Louis van Gaal’s options defensively. Something Manchester United have been used to in recent seasons.

To read the full report, visit the Guardian website by clicking here.

What has happened to Adnan Januzaj?

Lack of playing time is hindering Adnan Januzaj’s development

The Manchester United attacker is currently on loan to Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund.

Adnan Januzaj started brightly bagging his first goal just 18 minutes into his debut – a charity match versus St Pauli. Since then he has made little impact and is yet to start a game in the league. He has made just 5 appearances as a sub and created just one assist.

Two years ago it was a completely different story as he raised eye-brows at Manchester United during the Moyes era. The FA even considered him as someone who could one day play for England, as he is a ‘homegrown’ player.

Things changed though, with the arrival of current United boss, Louis van Gaal. Januzaj was given chances in both the No 9 and No 10 roles – roles that Januzaj has openly said he prefers to play in – by the manager but failed to impress. The decision was then made that the player would be shipped out on loan in the hope that he would play more and develop.

So what happens next for Adnan Januzaj? Does he see out his loan spell at Dortmund then go back out on loan to a team where he is likely to get more game time? Or does he finish his current loan spell then leave Manchester United altogether?

Join the discussion over in the United Stand fan forum by clicking here.

If you would like to read the full article please visit the Daily Mail website by clicking here.