So... It happened again. Van Gaal's carpet has been lifted as high as possible, with a sub-standard beginning to his tenure and ridiculous David Moyes comparisons swept underneath and into the darkest crevises and beyond reach following a rousing 4-2 derby win last weekend. With United holding down third place with an eight point advantage over Liverpool in fifth, Champions League qualification would seem all but wrapped up.
Aston Villa1 Manchester United 1 Villa Park is a stadium which holds fond memories for the United team and the fans. Throughout our history it has been a happy hunting ground, as we have enjoyed many...
Kevin Strootman transfer: Manchester United 'firmly expected to bid' for Dutchman - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Strootman: A Louis van Gaal favourite
Manchester United to become the new Galactico! Well, that's the buzzword coming from UK press this morning.
According to highly respected journalist James Ducker of The Times, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is planning radical overhaul of the squad next summer, ready to take his total spending spree to around/over£350m in two years.
United Captain To Miss The Manchester Derby Through Injury? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Wayne Rooney was expected to make his return this Sunday against Manchester City, after missing the last three games through suspension. The Red Devils' captain though, is now in danger of sitting out this one as well, after limping off with a foot injury on Monday.
It has been a summer of frustration at Old Trafford. After the early arrivals of Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw, it seemed there was about to be a much needed overhaul at United. But during the last two months, we have been forced to be patient as new boss Louis Van Gaal gave the current squad a chance to impress him.
Manchester United defeated local rivals Manchester City 4-2 at Old Trafford to solidify third position in the Premier League table. A Sergio Aguero brace sandwiched goals from man of the match Ashley Young, Marouane Fellaini, Juan Mata and Chris Smalling, who erased bad memories of the reverse fixture in which he was sent off.
The average age of United's 10 most regular starters is 26.8. At the older end of the scale is Robin van Persie (31) with 24 starts, Antonio Valencia (29) with 22 starts and Radamel Falcao (29) with 12 starts.
Daley Blind (25), Marcos Rojo (25), Chris Smalling (25), Phil Jones (23) and Adnan Januzaj (20), amongst others, are not included in the average as they are outside the top 10 for number of starts.
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For today's game against Manchester City, you would imagine that players like Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and Daley Blind are going in the starting line-up. While they're not Mancunians, and haven't grown up caring less about Manchester City, Phil Jones insists the foreign players at the club fully understand how important a win for us is today.
Phil Jones has spoken about today's derby against Manchester City. He claims they are trying to prepare as they would for any other game, but realises that's difficult to do when there's so much at stake.
I don't think it [City's recent form] matters one bit when you look at the quality of their players and what they can do.
Last season, United averaged 5.7 corners per game and this season it is 5.4. 15% of the corners we took last season lead to chances, and this year it is 13%. Just 1.4% of our corners last season resulted in goals and this year, so far, it is 2.5%.
In real terms, that means this season we've scored 3 times from 119 corners this season, which is pretty shocking.
Louis van Gaal has got good news on the injury front. After previously ruling out Wayne Rooney, the manager has confirmed that the captain will be available for Monday's game against Southampton and Angel di Maria isn't far behind him.
On Rooney: The news is very good, he shall play.
On Di Maria: It (his return) shall be quickly but not for Monday.
Phil Jones has sung the praises of his team mate, Marcos Rojo, after the Argentinean has settled in well after moving to the Premier League from Portugal.
Since Marcos has come he's played the right way and in the way we've wanted to play. It's difficult to come over to a different country and a different league and go straight into the team and hit your form, but he's done well.
Phil Jones has answered fans questions for United Review.
Who's the best defender you've played with? I've been lucky to have played with a lot of really good defenders already, so obviously the likes of Rio Ferdinand or Nemanja Vidic have to be up there. But even when I go back to my Blackburn days, I learned a lot from playing with Ryan Nelsen.
Phil Jones put in a good shift this afternoon in United's 3-1 win over Aston Villa. The defender is pleased with the result, particularly following an international break where players have travelled all over the world.
It was a big win especially when you have players coming back from international duty on Thursday and Friday.
Manchester United suffered the humiliation of being held to a goalless draw by League Two side Cambridge United on Friday night. The hosts, who sit in mid-table in the fourth tier of English football, earned a deserved replay after United failed to create enough chances throughout. Luckily for the Red Devils, the replay should not be an issue due to the absence of European football at Old Trafford this season.