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Young and Borthwick-Jackson Could Feature Against Liverpool

Louis Van Gaal has been handed a boost ahead of tomorrow nights make-or-break Europa League tie against Liverpool as it has been reported that Ashley Young and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson could feature in some capacity, as seen in The Guardian

Coincidentally, Young last featured for United in the victory over Liverpool on January 17th, where he suffered a groin injury, and the 30-year-old joined in training with the first team squad this morning. 19-year-old defender Borthwick-Jackson also rejoins the first team squad having not featured since the FA Cup victory over Shrewsbury Town in February.

Borthwick-Jackson has been one of the success stories this season since making his debut against West Bromich Albion as a substitute in Novemeber last year. He has since made 11 appearances for the club in all competitions and has earned many plaudits for his attack-minded displays reminiscent of those displayed during the Sir Alex Ferguson era.

With United trailing 2-0 to bitter rivals Liverpool after defeat in the first leg at Anfield, the return at Old Trafford is seen as crucial to the clubs hopes of reaching the Champions League through the back door as a top four finish remains in the hands of other teams. The return of Young and Borthwick-Jackson could prove to be pivotal as United look to qualify for the Champions League through the back door with hopes of a top four finish in the Premier League currently out of their hands.

Louis van Gaal: 3 year plan is working

Speaking after the embarrassing defeat to Liverpool on Thursday, United boss, Louis van Gaal, claimed that his three year plan is still working as his team are still fighting on three fronts: top four, Europa League and FA Cup.

We are in three different competitions, and at this stage of the season a lot of other teams and managers cannot say that. We still have the chance to win something.

When asked about United’s inconsistency this season, he had this to say:

I have to always keep changing the team. I have been unable to play the same lineup in many matches because of injuries or tired players. When you are in three competitions and you don’t have too many players it is difficult.

You can read the full article on the Guardian website by clicking here.

As a United fan, and I’m sure the same goes for most of you, listening to Louis van Gaal’s excuses just makes me want to push my fingers into my eyes.

So, your three year plan is still working is it, Louis? If your three year plan was to have us struggling for top four, getting eliminated from a winnable Champions League group stage and possibly guiding us toward another Champions League-less season, then yes. Your plan is working.

And don’t blame injuries and tiredness of players as an excuse for our poor season. You’ve had millions of pounds and several transfer windows to prevent that from happening. And didn’t you recently say that NOT buying players was intentional so that you could give youth a chance?

You’re making it up as you go, Louis. You’re making up excuses to suit the situation. Well, you’re just making a fool of yourself.

Liverpool 0-1 Man United | Match report

Wayne Rooney strikes again scoring the only goal of the game to sink the Scousers!

It wasn’t all smiles and laughter for United as in the first half Liverpool dominated and made it difficult for them to play; limiting them to just one attempt at goal.

Liverpool, on the other hand, had many attempts but lacked the quality to finish.

Their best chance came in the 30th minute when some intricate one touch passing fell to Henderson. The Liverpool captain hit a shot from an angle but dragged his shot wide.

Liverpool also came close to taking the lead earlier in the game. In the 10th minute Firmino hit a first time shot after collecting a loose ball but his shot went just past the post. David de Gea looked to have it covered.

The second half started much the same with Liverpool coming out on the front foot.

Early in the second half, Emre Can and Kolo Toure both had shots at goal saved by in-form United keeper David de Gea.

Man United appeared to be sleeping; not challenging loose balls and allowing Liverpool to win the first ball on most occasions.

The introduction of Juan Mata in the 66th minute saw the dynamics of the game change and United began to see more of the ball and start playing forward.

And in the 77th minute, Juan Mata played in a left-footed cross from the left onto the head of Fellaini. The Belgian’s header bounced off the crossbar and fell to Wayne Rooney who shaped up and smashed a volley into the roof of the net to put United ahead.

Wayne Rooney celebrates his winner at Liverpool (Picture: mirror.co.uk)
Wayne Rooney celebrates his winner at Liverpool (Picture: mirror.co.uk)

It would be fair to say that United didn’t deserve the win and it could be said that they were saved by the fact Liverpool were without a recognised striker on the pitch for the majority of the game.

Regardless, the win lifts United up into 5th in the league, 2 points behind 4th placed Spurs.

United move up to 5th after win at Liverpool (Picture: bbc.co.uk)
United move up to 5th after win at Liverpool (Picture: bbc.co.uk)

What did you think about the game? Do you think the win was deserved? Does it even matter if it was deserved? We would love to know your thoughts. Please, feel free to leave a comment below.

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

Liverpool Team Sheet

22 Mignolet
02 Clyne
04 K Touré (Benteke – 81′)
17 Sakho
18 Moreno
14 Henderson
21 Lucas
23 Can
07 Milner (Caulker – 90′)
11 Firmino
20 Lallana (Ibe – 76′)

Substitutes

09 Benteke
19 Caulker
24 Allen
33 Ibe
44 Smith
52 Ward
53 J. Teixeira

Man United Team Sheet

01 de Gea
18 Young (Borthwick-Jackson – 42′)
12 Smalling Booked
17 Blind
36 Darmian
28 Schneiderlin
27 Fellaini
35 Lingard (Mata – 66′)
21 Herrera (Depay – 72′)
09 Martial
10 Rooney

Substitutes

07 Depay
08 Mata
20 Romero
30 Varela
33 McNair
43 Borthwick-Jackson
44 Pereira