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LVG: We are not good enough to win Champions League

Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal says the red devils are not capable of winning the Champions League this season.

Manchester United secured only one point at old Trafford when they faced West ham this Saturday. This is United’s fifth goalless draw over the past nine matches. They have to face a tough challenge vs Wolfsburg this coming Wednesday and it’s likely they will have to secure three points if they wish to see themselves in the round of 16. But van Gaal does not believe in his squad’s ability to win the competition.

“I don’t think that we are able to win the Champions League now,” Van Gaal said on Saturday.

He added, “And we have proven that already, also in the Premier League. But normally we are not good enough to win the Champions League. You can win, and when we are there we shall try to do everything but you also have to be realistic. I’m happy with my squad now but we can strengthen the selection still in [certain] positions, for example the left-back position is not so [well] covered.”

Van Gaal has some hopes that his side can grab a win against the Bundesliga side as they have already secured three points in the home fixture. He believes Manchester United have created more chances in Champions league matches than in the premier league matches.

Towards the end of his talk, Van Gaal spoke about concerns regarding United’s poor finishing. He said, “We have to play against a very good team. I am convinced we can do it but we do not have any luck. Also, we have to be more composed in that situation — especially when you miss chances three metres in front of goal.”

After receiving criticism from football pundits and fans, Louis Van Gaal surely has many things to prove. After United’s scoreless draw against the hammers, many fans are now praying for PSV Eindhoven’s defeat in their clash against CSKA Moscow. PSV’s defeat will surely Book Manchester United’s place in the round of 16.

Read the full article here at the ESPN’s official website.

What do you think of Louis Van Gaal’s tactics? What are the areas in which we should work on to improve our game play? Let us know your opinions in the comments section below.

Youth policy is a boost for united says U21 Coach

Manchester United U21 team Coach Warren Joyce claimed that Louis Van Gaal’s Youth Policy is boosting United’s transfer chances.

The red devils’ chances of getting top youth talents across the world have been boosted by Louis Van Gaal’s youth policy. Lots of players under warren Joyce’s Under 21 team have been promoted to the Manchester United First team since van Gaal’s arrival.

The Dutch manager Louis Van Gaal has completed around 18 months stay at Old Trafford and During his 18 months in charge, Axel Tuanzebe, Marcus Rashford, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Sean Goss, Nick Powell and Andreas Pereira have all made at least one senior match day squad.

Many First team players are missing out important games because of injuries. This is one more reason behind promotion of youth players to the first team squad in order to compensate for the loss of senior talent.

Manchester united U21 Coach Warren Joyce talked to M.E.N. Sport about the Dutch manager’s youth policy. He said, “It’s obviously massive for the club and young players. I’m sure all boys around Manchester must be looking and thinking if they do any good at Manchester United they will get a chance. We haven’t got a lot of numbers so they do get a chance.”
“They get worked, they get opportunities to train with the first team regularly and it’s the same old adage: if you do well enough, you’ll get a chance and if you do well enough when you’re in, you’ll keep there. I think Jesse’s shown that this season.”

Louis Van Gaal also dropped some first team players to U21 team in order to gain form or to solve health related issues. The Dutch manager recently played Sergio Romero and Marouane Fellaini in U21 clash against Liverpool in which Fellaini scored the opening goal.
This shows that this policy of giving youth players more senior team exposure and Playing senior players in U21 team to gain form is working for Manchester United as well as United’s young talent. Warren Joyce believes the youngsters can learn a lot from the first team experience and this is boosting United’s chance of attracting world’s top talent.

Read full article here at the Mirror’s official website.

What do you think of Louis van Gaal’s youth Policy ? Do you think we should promote more youth talent in first team? Have your say and Let us know your opinions in the comments section below.

Man United in for Basel wonder kid Breel Embolo

Manchester united are reportedly keen to spend big money on another striker in the form of FC Basel’s wonder kid Breel Embolo.

Twenty times Premier league champions Manchester united have joined the race to sign FC Basel starlet Breel Embolo and have started scouting him. Manchester United chief Scout Peter Braund was at the Europa league game between FC Basel and Fiorentina on this Thursday.


The 18-year-old Swiss striker Breel Embolo made his Basel debut in March 2014 but since then he has scored 26 goals and has 18 assists in his bag. La Liga Champions Barcelona are also monitoring the youngster along with Serie A champions Juventus and FA cup winners Arsenal.

Breel Embolo is regarded as one of the best young strikers in Europe and Manchester united have to spend very big if they want sign him. Barcelona also willing to strengthen their young strike force after some poor performance by their young striker Munir El haddadi. So they could give united a tough challenge in signing Swiss striker.

Signing Of Anthony Martial has proved that Manchester united boss Louis Van Gaal will not hesitate in spending big if he is really interested in any player whatever be the player’s age and experience.

Along with Breel Embolo, Manchester united have also reportedly been scouting Fiorentina midfielder Borja Valero and there are strong rumours that Former Manchester united No. 7 Cristiano Ronaldo could return to old Trafford this January. So, it would be interesting to see who will join the red devils at the end of this January transfer window.

Read full article here at the telegraph’s official website.

What do you think of Manchester United’s young striker policy ? Do you think Embolo will be able to solve United’s goal scoring problems ? Let us know your opinions in the comments below.

Paul Scholes: Manchester United are a defending team

Former Manchester united midfielder Paul Scholes does not believe that his old club have enough quality up front to be a big force in European football this season. He thinks that Manchester united are just a defending team with no real attacking threat.

Ex-Manchester united star Paul Scholes has already expressed his opinion on the current team and United boss, Louis van Gaal, a few days ago. But he spoke again when United managed to secure only one point in the UEFA Champions league group stage match against PSV Eindhoven this week.

Paul Scholes has criticized Manchester united for their performance in the 0-0 draw with PSV Eindhoven. Scholes told BT sport Europe, “There’s a real lack of quality in the final third.” He added, “You can defend as well as you want but if you don’t have the forward players who can create a bit of magic now and again then I think you’re going to struggle and you have to win your home games in Europe.”

By saying this he has questioned Manchester united forwards’ ability and intentions. He compared Anthony martial with Michael Owen and Lineker and also commented that martial just likes to drift to the left wing instead of looking for goals.

Paul Scholes compared the red devils with two giants in European Football. He said, “You look at these teams across Europe, your Barcas and your Bayerns. It’s your forwards that make the difference.”

After the PSV Eindhoven draw, Manchester united stands second in group B of the UEFA Champions League group stage. United must secure three points in final away game vs Wolfsburg to qualify for the last 16, depending on the result in the other match between CSKA and PSV.

Read the full article here at the Independent’s official website.

The former Red devils midfielder has a lot of criticism for united players as well as coach. Many fans will believe he has earned the right to say anything about this club, as they know he will mean well. But what do you have to say on his comments? Do you agree with Paul Scholes that we should look for another striker this January? Do you think we are strong enough to achieve trophies with this squad? Have your say and let us know your opinions in the comments below.

Wayne Rooney to Chinese Super League?

Chinese Super League, known as ‘CSL’ is interested in Manchester united Striker Wayne Rooney who still has over three years left on his contract at Old Trafford.

Chinese Super league is set to lure Wayne “Wazza” Rooney to the east and thereby his name would be added to the list of Other Premier league players who have moved east which includes Former Chelsea striker Demba Ba, Tim Cahill and Momo Sissoko.

Manchester united captain Wayne Rooney has struggled to make an impact this season scoring just two goals in 11 PL appearances .Manchester united fans are continuously making demand to bench Wayne Rooney for some matches and this has given hopes to Chinese super League.

After signing a huge TV deal worth more than £830 million, Asian game has been flooded with cash. The Chinese govt. has been taking efforts to raise its sports profile. They are genuinely trying to give Chinese super league worldwide recognition and now they have set Wayne Rooney as their target.

In 2014, Rooney committed his future to Manchester United, keeping him at Old Trafford until June 2019.That means he still has more than three years left on his Manchester United contract. It would be interesting to see Wayne’s reaction if Chinese Super League make an official bid this January.

Read full article here at the Sun’s official website.

So, what do you think of this rumour and what will be your reaction if this comes out to be true? Let us know in the comments below.

LVG Press Conference: Six Players could miss Watford game

During his Press Conference with MUTV at the AON sports complex on Friday, the reds manager Louis Van Gaal confirmed that six players could miss the away game against Watford this Saturday.

Manchester united manager Louis Van Gaal says Anthony martial and Wayne Rooney are among the absentees for the Watford game. Manager spoke on no. of issues including martial and Carrick’s injury, Wayne’s illness, Lingard’s England call up and Smalling’s outstanding performance this season.

To begin the press conference, Van Gaal said he has spoken to Bastian Schweinsteiger, Anthony martial and Morgan Schneiderlin after they played in the emotional friendly between England and France at Wembley Stadium. Though he didn’t mention anything about their discussion describing it as “private”, he expressed sympathy for the French people.

Furthermore he gave updates on injuries. He said that Rooney was ill following the international break. He also mentioned that Manchester united can solve these problems as they have multi-functional players. The manager also appreciated Chris “Mike” Smalling’s development this season. Smalling stands out as the best centre back in the Premier League this season and he has played a crucial role in building United’s solid defence.

Van Gaal also made it clear that Martial’s injury is not serious but he cannot play the away match against Watford this weekend. He gave an update about Carrick’s injury, saying “Michael is also not a heavy injury; he shall be playing much quicker than everybody has written.”

Antonia Valencia has undergone surgery and will not play at least for two months. Luke Shaw and Marouane Fellaini are also on the sidelines because of their injuries. Fellaini has not played since United’s 1-0 win over CSKA Moscow. He also mentioned that James Wilson could feature in the Watford fixture but not for the full 90 minutes as he does not have match rhythm.

If you want to read updates about van Gaal’s press conference, Read it here on Manchester United’s official blog.

Can Manchester United cope against Watford without Martial and Rooney? Let us know your opinion in the comments below.

Martial injury update

France International team Coach Didier Deschamps gave updates about Anthony martial’s injury which he picked up during Tuesday’s friendly match against England.

Anthony martial picked up a foot injury on Tuesday’s emotional friendly match between England and France, which France lost by 2-0. He forced two good saves out of Joe hart and Jack Butland before being substituted for Antoine Griezmann on 67 minutes.

There were several rumours about Martial’s injury in various newspapers. Some newspapers claimed that his injury was not serious and that he will be back for the Watford game. But the real status of injury is yet to be known.

Martial left the stadium on crutches. He was having some difficulty when he was substituted. The France manager said that he was in quite a bit of pain. According to him, it’s just a knock on Martial’s foot. Martial got a kick in the penalty area and from then on, he was in a bit of pain.

Meanwhile, Martial’s wife Samantha Martial has posted on her Instagram account that martial has no injury. Manchester united fans would be delighted if that’s the case. All ears to Van Gaal now for the pre-match conference on Friday. He may also provide an injury update on 34 year old defensive midfielder Michael Carrick.

What do you think of martial’s presence on the field on the field for reds ? Let us know in the comments below.

Bebe thought Manchester united signing was a “joke”

Former Manchester united striker Bebe said he thought it was a “joke” when he heard Manchester united wanted to sign him.

Bebe has made just seven appearances for the reds, scoring only two goals before leaving the club in 2014.

During his united tenure, he enjoyed a lot of time with a number of teams on loan. He has referred to his experience of playing with the red devils as “insane”. Bebe now plays as a forward for spanish club Rayo Vallecano, on loan from Portuguese club, Benfica.

In an interview with Spanish newspaper AS, he named Didier Drigba as his Idol and also highlighted Ronaldo among his favorites as both come from the same country, Portugal. He further compared his style of playing to that of former Manchester united star Cristiano Ronaldo and concluded that they have lot of similarities.

According to Bebe, He has the same way of running and same style of shooting as the former united sensation. He added that he was there at united only with the things that he had from birth and according to him, those are talent, speed and strength.

We certainly have our doubts regarding everything he has said. One of Manchester United’s worst ever signings has compared himself one of their best ever signings.

For his full comments in the interview, visit the guardian.