Red Rants Archives for January 2015

Smalling confident United can build on Chelsea display

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Chris Smalling is confident that Manchester United can put their dismal run to an end and kick on after a much improved display against Chelsea on Monday.

United extended their winless run to eight games in all competitions and recorded their sixth goalless draw at Old Trafford this season, but the England international insisted back-to-back home games against Swansea and Sheffield United were the perfect chance to get back to winning ways.

Van Gaal won’t change, says United defender

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Louis Van Gaal is not going to change his methods but can still turn things around at Manchester United, according to Chris Smalling.

The Dutchman has looked on borrowed time since a dismal December has seen United go eight games without a win in all competition, scoring just once intheir last four Premier League games against Bournemouth, Norwich, Stoke and Chelsea.

Smalling: “United are playing for their future”

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Chris Smalling has admitted his teammates and him are playing for their future as the uncertainty surrounding Louis Van Gaal's destiny lingers on.

United recorded an eight consecutive game without a win on Monday as they were held 0-0 at home by Chelsea, although their improved performance offered a glimmer of hope to fans and players alike.

Scholes: “United need Rooney to be aggressive”

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Paul Scholes has claimed that Wayne Rooney is a much better and more efficient player when he plays with a controlled dose of aggression, rather than when he lets games pass him by.

Having been dropped for the game against Stoke City, the United captain produced an improved performance against Chelsea on Monday night, although he still managed to squander a glorious chance late on.

Five things we’ve learnt from United vs Chelsea

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Manchester United extended their winless run to eight games on Monday, as they drew 0-0 at home against Chelsea in what was considered to be a crucial game for Louis Van Gaal's future.

Despite dominating for large spells of the game and producing some of the best football Old Trafford has seen during the Dutchman's tenure, United failed to make their superiority count and are now nine points adrift of league leaders Arsenal and five pointsbelow fourth placed City,who have a game in hand.

Carrick: “Players are behind Van Gaal”

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Michael Carrick has dismissed rumours of a dressing room mutiny, insisting Manchester United players are still fully behind Louis Van Gaal.

The Dutchman is on borrowed time at Old Trafford following four consecutive defeats in all competitions and is widely expected to lose his job, should United fail to beat Chelsea at Old Trafford on Monday.

Mendes: United have not approached Mourinho

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Jorge Mendes, Jose Mourinho's agent, has dismissed rumours suggesting Manchester United had approached the former Chelsea manager to replace Louis Van Gaal.

With the Dutchman increasingly under pressure after a miserable run of results that has seen United knocked out of the Champions League and then lose consecutive games to newly promoted Bournemouth and Norwich, Mourinho has been linked with a move to Old Trafford since being sacked by Chelsea.

[POLL]: LVG, Giggs, Mourinho or Pep? Who do you want?

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Ferguson could decide LVG future

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Sir Alex Ferguson will help Manchester United's board in deciding Louis Van Gaal's future and to choose the Dutchman's potential successor.

With the United manager increasingly under pressure, the board is said to be considering his future, particularly given Jose Mourinho is available after being fired by Chelsea, while Pep Guardiola confirmed he will leave Bayern Munich at the end of the season.

Van Gaal: “We can bounce back”

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Louis Van Gaal has urged Manchester United to remain professional as they aim to bounce back from shocking back-to-back defeats against newly-promoted Bournemouth and Norwich.

Saturday's 2-1 loss against Norwich, the first time the Canaries won at Old Trafford since the 1980s, piled further pressure on Van Gaal and his team, with both falling way short of expectations at the moment.

Van Gaal worried by lack of confidence

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Louis Van Gaal has blamed a lack of confidence for his side's dismal results over the last couple of weeks.

Having lost 2-1 to Bournemouth last week, United were condemned to defeat by the same scoreline against another newly promoted side, Norwich City, on Saturday.

The result means United have now slipped outside the top four and the former Holland manager admitted the lack of belief within the ranks was alarming.

LVG fears for his job

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Louis Van Gaal has admitted he now fears for his job after United stumbled to a second defeat in a row, as they lost 2-1 to Norwich City at home.

The defeat, United's second in a row against a newly promoted side after last week's 2-1 loss away at Bournemouth, left Van Gaal's side in fifth position, nine points behind league leaders Leicester City.

Hernandez lifts lid on United exit

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Javier Hernandez has revealed the reason why he left Manchester United in the summer, accusing Louis Van Gaal of never giving him a chance to prove himself.

The Mexican left United for Bayer Leverkusen in the summer after being told in no uncertain terms that he did not fit the manager's plans.

Five things we’ve learnt from Bournemouth vs United

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Manchester United's already disastrous week took a turn for the worst, as they were deservedly beaten by Bournemouth and could end the weekend outside the top four.

Having gone down within two minutes, United drew level through Marouane Fellaini before conceding earlier in the second half after some more calamitous defending.

A week of stormy seas ending in a trip to Bournemouth

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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.

United ST holders can opt out of Europa League games

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Manchester United have confirmed that season ticket holders will be given the chance to opt out of Europa League games, after Louis Van Gaal's side were knocked out of the Champions League last night.

According to the Manchester Evening News,however, season ticket holders will need to purchase Europa League matches to continue to be eligible for away games.

Scholes: “United are just an average team”

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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.

“He’s not the player I had at Bayern.” LVG lets rip on Schweinsteiger

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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.

Five things we’ve learnt from Wolfsburg vs United

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Manchester United are out of the Champions League after a rollercoaster night in Germany, saw them losing 3-2 to Wolfsburg.

United made the best possible start and were 1-0 up within 10 minutes, only to fall behind halfway through the first half. Despite a catalogue of injuries, United were briefly handed a lifeline by CSKA Moscow, who took the lead in Eindhoven, before letting PSV back in the game.

Schweinsteiger: “No pressure on United”

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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.

Ancelotti admits United interest

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Carlo Ancelotti has admitted "every manager" in the world would be interest in managing Manchester United, adding he is likely to return to management in the summer.

The former Chelsea manager has been without a job since he was sacked by Real Madrid at the end of last season, despite leading the Spanish giants to a 10th European Cup in the 2013-14 campaign, and has been among the managers linked with a move to United once the Louis Van Gaal era comes to an end.

LVG: “Wolfsburg is the biggest game of the season”

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Louis Van Gaal has said tonight's game against Wolfsburg is the biggest game he's faced since taking charge of Manchester United 18 months ago.

Unless CSKA Moscow can hold PSV Eindhoven to a draw in Holland, United know they will have to win away at Wolfsburg if they're to secure a spot in the knockout stages of the competition.

5 transfer targets for Manchester United to consider in January

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After 15 matches, Manchester United are currently fourth in the Premier League table and are within touching distance of current leaders Leicester City. Louis van Gaal's side have endured plenty of criticism for their style of play this season but continue to pick up positive results and are seen as a value option for the title.

[Confirmed] United squad for Wolfsburg

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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.

Van Gaal baffled by “attack, attack” chants

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Louis Van Gaal admitted he was baffled by the fans' reaction during United's 0-0 draw against West Ham on Saturday.

United have been heavily criticised for their style of football this season but against Slaven Bilic's side they created numerous chances and had 21 shots, although they simply could not put the ball in the back of the net.

United deserved three points, says Blind

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Daley Blind believes Manchester United deserved all three points against West Ham and admitted his teammates were frustrated with another goalless draw.

On Saturday, United spurned the chance to overtake City by drawing 0-0 at home against Slaven Bilic's side, with Louis Van Gaal's brand of football coming under even more intense scrutiny as United continued to struggle in front of goal.

United fans have the right to boo

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Chris Smalling has defended the Manchester United fans who booed the team off the pitch after yet another goalless draw on Saturday.

United spurned the chance of going top of the league as they could not breach West Ham's defence and some of the fans made their frustration clear at the final whistle.

LVG: “We need to take our chances”

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Louis Van Gaal revealed his frustration as Manchester United failed to take advantage of their rivals dropping points on Saturday.

Manchester City and Chelsea both lost butUnited could only muster a 0-0 draw against West Ham, which left them three points behind league leaders Leicester and only three points clear of fifth placed Spurs.

United vs West Ham: The vote to attack

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It's fair to say the Tory government have ruffled a few feathers of late. Some members of the population have found themselves enraged at the idea that although Britain can't afford to fund the NHS, it can afford another war in the Middle East.

What these people don't realize is that the world we live in is not as predictable and linear as we might hope for.

Rooney to miss West Ham game

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Wayne Rooney will miss tomorrow's game against West Ham United with a "nasty" ankle injury, Louis Van Gaal confirmed during his press conference on Friday.

Rooney's injury is hardly going to be cause of much concerns among United fans given his dismal performances this season, although it is the latest setback for Van Gaal, who earlier this week lost Marcos Rojo to a serious shoulder injury.

Schweinsteiger defends LVG’s philosophy

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Bastian Schweinsteiger has defend Louis Van Gaal's tactical approach, insisting the Dutchman wasn't to blame forthe utterly dire football Manchester United have offered this season.

United and Van Gaal have been criticised by fans and pundits for serving up a robotic, sterile possession-based football, abandoningthe attacking style they were famous for but Schweinsteiger believes Van Gaal's methods will pay dividends.

United suffer new injury blow

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Manchester United have been dealt a fresh injury blow as Marcos Rojo looks set for a long spell on the sidelines after suffering a serious injury shoulder.

The Argentina international, who has been frustrated by injury since signing for United in the summer of 2014, was injured in training on Wednesday and was immediately sent for a scan, which revealed he is expected to be out for a number of weeks and could need surgery.

Rio: “Neville’s future could be at United”

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Rio Ferdinand believes Gary Neville could become a successful manager at Valencia, hinting that Manchester United will do well to keep track of their former captain's progress in Spain.

The former England international admitted Neville's task won't be easy at the Mestalla but insisted his former teammate could surprise a few observers and even put himself in the frame for the manager role at Old Trafford.

Fergie backs Neville to be a success

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Sir Alex Ferguson has backed Gary Neville to be a success in his new job as Valencia manager, adding the former United captain has everything it takes to make an excellent manager.

Neville was a surprise choice for the La Liga club, although Fergie believes Valencia have made the right choice by appointing the England coach, who has all the qualities a coach needs to succeed.

[PICTURE] United message to Neville

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Following Gary Neville's surprising appointment as Valencia manager, United have sent a good luck message to their former captain.

Neville, who will officially take charge of Valencia on 6 December, will remain part of the England coaching team and some have already speculated managing the La Liga outfit is the first step towards landing the United job one day.

Van Gaal “too selfish” for United

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Former Manchester United right-back Paul Parker has blamed Louis Van Gaal for scaring his players, accusing him of being too selfish for his side's own good.

The former Holland manager has come under intense scrutiny this season as his side have played utterly dire football for the majority of the campaign so far, with fans and media united in showing their discontent at the lack of entertainment that has characterised United this season.

Cresswell: West Ham don’t need motivation

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Cresswell: West Ham don't need motivation

West Ham United defender Aaron Cresswell has insisted that his side will need no motivation ahead of the game against Manchester United this weekend.

Man United currently sit third in the Premier League table, while West Ham are eighth following a good start to the campaign.

Van Gaal takes the fun away from fans

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Louis Van Gaal's football is so boring that is enough to make people cry, according to former DutchlegendWillem van Hanegem.

Van Hanegem, who reached the 1974 World Cup final with Holland and enjoyed an illustrious career with Feyenoord, isthe latest former footballer to launch a scathing attack against Van Gaal and his brand of football, which has already been severely criticised by Paul Scholes, Roy Keane and Gary Neville.