MANCHESTER UNITED

  • Van Gaal sticking with tactics despite 4-4-2 success January 18, 2015

    A change of formation transformed a tepid performance into a 2-0 win for Manchester United at Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League on Saturday but manager Louis van Gaal says he has no plans for a permanent switch to 4-4-2. The Dutchman has employed a 3-5-2 formation, with which he...
  • Man United beat struggling QPR 2-0 in Premier League January 18, 2015

    London: Substitutes Marouane Fellaini and James Wilson ended Manchester United's three-game winless run in the Premier League on Saturday, with second-half goals clinching a 2-0 victory against a struggling but spirited Queens Park Rangers. Fellaini found the breakthrough during an improved second-half performance by United, meeting Antonio Valencia's pass and powering...
  • Fresh injury problems for Arsenal ahead of Manchester City trip January 17, 2015

    When Arsenal cannot beat the English Premier League's leading teams, the prospects of an imminent title triumph seem slim. Traveling to defending champion Manchester City on Sunday, the focus is just on returning to the top four for the side which was last champion in 2004. It's three years since Arsenal's last...
  • Radamel Falcao must prove himself at United, says Van Gaal January 16, 2015

    Manchester United's Radamel Falcao may have hoped for a crumb of comfort from his manager Louis van Gaal, but was instead told on Friday to prove himself or get used to a supporting role at Old Trafford. When the on-loan striker joined United from Monaco in September he was heralded as...
  • Manchester United sack scout for posting offensive messages January 15, 2015

    London: English football club Manchester United have sacked one of their European scouts for posting racially offensive comments on social networking site Facebook. According to Daily Mail, Torben Aakjaer posted several anti-immigration messages. The 32-year-old Dane, in his comments, supported Denmark closing its borders and putting "extra personnel on every crossover and...
  • Palermo reject Manchester United interest in Paulo Dybala January 15, 2015

    MILAN: Palermo have rebuffed interest from Manchester United among others for forward Paulo Dybala but could sell the Argentine at the end of the season, president Maurizio Zamparini said on Wednesday. The 21-year-old, who has yet to play for Argentina's senior side and is also eligible for Italy and Poland, has...
  • Louis Van Gaal must get his 'system' right at Manchester United January 13, 2015

    I am not one for knee-jerk reactions. A loss after an eleven-game winning streak hardly constitutes a crisis, but at Manchester United everything is a bit over the top. Fans' reactions included. The 0-1 loss to Southampton would have hurt Louis van Gaal. Just the way Koeman was smarting after the...
  • No regrets on leaving out Falcao: Louis van Gaal January 12, 2015

    London: English football club Manchester United's manager Louis van Gaal had said he was right not to select Colombian forward Radamel Falcao in his side's 0-1 defeat to Southampton in an English Premier League match. Falcao did not even make the bench Sunday and with Van Gaal insisting he wanted cover...
  • No doubting the Saints after Old Trafford raid January 12, 2015

    Considered relegation fodder at the start of the season, then written off again after a woeful run near the end of the year, Southampton have enjoyed proving people wrong all season. Now, after Sunday's 1-0 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford, few doubters will surely remain. After a mass exodus...
  • Sorry Louis van Gaal, you are no better than 'sacked' David Moyes January 12, 2015

    In their first home defeat since the opening day of the season, Manchester United failed to register a single shot on target against Southampton, who snatched a victory thanks to substitute Dusan Tadic's second half goal. The result saw the Saints leapfrog Van Gaal's men to reach the third place in...
  • Southampton stun Manchester United, rise to 3rd in Premier League January 11, 2015

    A Southampton shirt had to be scrambled from the dressing room before the forgetful Dusan Tadic could enter the Old Trafford pitch. Within minutes it was being ripped off again as the second-half substitute celebrated scoring the goal that gave Southampton their first win at Manchester United in 27 years on...
  • Van Gaal expects David de Gea to stay at Manchester United January 10, 2015

    London: Louis van Gaal expects David de Gea to commit his long term future to Manchester United, despite interest in the goalkeeper from Real Madrid. Van Gaal, who revealed that the club's injury crisis has now diminished to the extent that only Ashley Young is ruled out of Sunday's encounter with...
  • Manchester United host Southampton in 3rd vs 4th Premier League match January 10, 2015

    London: It's third against fourth in the English Premier League this weekend as Manchester United entertain Southampton, with both teams in a fine vein of form. United is unbeaten in 11 matches, 10 in the league. "Going into the new year on the back of a good run means that it's a...
  • Manchester United injury crisis is finally over, says Van Gaal January 9, 2015

    With just one player left on Manchester United's injury list and a new goalkeeper signed, manager Louis van Gaal is starting to enjoy life at Old Trafford as he tries to assemble the "best team in the world". Third-placed United, unbeaten in their last 11 matches in all competitions, host fourth-placed...
  • Wayne Rooney voted England player of the year January 9, 2015

    London: England captain Wayne Rooney has been voted his national team's player of the year for 2014 after topping a supporters poll. Although he failed to inspire England to success at the World Cup, it was still a memorable 12 months for the Manchester United striker. The 29-year-old scored eight goals in...
  • Manchester United sign former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes January 9, 2015

    Manchester United signed former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes on Thursday as a backup to fellow Spaniard David de Gea. The 32-year-old Valdes, who has been at United training with the first team since October while rehabilitating from a knee injury, signed an 18-month contract, with the option for a further year. "He...
  • Cristiano Ronaldo is not coming back to United: Di Maria January 6, 2015

    London: Cristiano Ronaldo's former Real Madrid team-mate Angel Di Maria has ruled out any possibility of Portuguese star returning to Manchester United. "I don't think he is coming back to Manchester," the Argentine winger, now plying his trade with the English soccer giants Awas quoted as saying by mirror.co.uk. Di Maria said...
  • Manchester United face Cambridge in 4th round of FA Cup January 6, 2015

    London: Manchester United will play fourth-tier Cambridge United in the fourth round of the FA Cup after being drawn against the lowest-ranked team left in the competition on Monday. It's another friendly draw for Louis van Gaal's team, who beat Yeovil on Sunday to advance. Most top Premier League teams were drawn...
  • Louis van Gaal has no right to complain about fixtures, says Cruyff January 5, 2015

    Former Netherlands great Johan Cruyff has told Louis van Gaal he has no right to complain about the hectic holiday season programme in the Premier League when he chose to go and work there. Writing in his weekly column in the daily De Telegraaf, Cruyff said the Manchester United manager had...
  • Manchester United and City through in FA Cup, QPR stunned January 4, 2015

    Manchester City and Manchester United were among a slew of Premier League teams to leave it late in overcoming lower-league opposition in the FA Cup on Sunday, as third-tier Sheffield United delivered the biggest shock of the third round. Makeshift striker James Milner scored twice - including an injury-time winner -...
  • Louis van Gaal wary of another cup calamity with Manchester United January 3, 2015

    London: Louis van Gaal does not need reminding of the potential pitfalls that can await Manchester United against lower-league opposition in the English cups. The manager takes the 11-time FA Cup winners to Yeovil in the third round on Sunday, barely four months after a humiliating loss to another third-tier team,...
  • Manchester United to freeze ticket prices for 2015-16 season January 2, 2015

    London: Manchester United have announced that season ticket prices will be frozen for the 2015-16 campaign. It is the fourth consecutive year that prices have remained the same, despite a summer splurge that approached 150 million pounds and United's anticipated return to the UEFA Champions League next season, reports dailymail.co.uk. Based on...
  • Ashley Young suffers hamstring injury January 2, 2015

    London: Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has revealed that Ashley Young could be out for "many weeks" after he limped off with a hamstring injury during the 1-1 draw at Stoke City on Thursday. Winger Antonio Valencia was ruled out before the match due to a thigh strain before Young...
  • Defence remains a hindrance to Manchester United's progress January 1, 2015

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says he has been overwhelmed by the support he has received from fans even after defeats but, if he does not act to strengthen his defence, he might soon find their patience running out. After a dire opening to the season, Van Gaal has steadied...
  • EPL: Radamel Falcao rescues point for lucky Man United against Stoke January 1, 2015

    Stoke: Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao rescued a 1-1 draw at Stoke on Thursday to extend his team's unbeaten run to 10 matches in the Premier League. Although United has collected only five points from their three games in the congested Christmas program, Louis van Gaal's team remains third. Ryan Shawcross...
  • Louis van Gaal thanks Manchester United fans for unbelievable support January 1, 2015

    Louis van Gaal has expressed his amazement at the "unbelievable" way Manchester United supporters stuck by him despite the club making their worst start to a season in Premier League history. The veteran Dutch coach, who takes United to Stoke on New Years Day, admitted that at his former clubs the...
  • Angel Di Maria is expected to train this week January 1, 2015

    London: Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal hopes to have Angel Di Maria back in training at some point this week. The Argentine winger returned to action at Villa Park earlier this month after three weeks on the sidelines. He then suffered a setback in training just before Christmas but van...
  • Chelsea face Spurs, Manchester United clash with Stoke City January 1, 2015

    Chelsea will begin 2015 protecting a three-point lead in the Premier League title race but will heed the words of their grand old striker Didier Drogba who warns that it is simply not enough. "We start again a new championship," boomed the Ivorian, as Chelsea prepared to visit their fierce London...
  • Manchester United coach Van Gaal promises better show next year December 31, 2014

    London: Louis Van Gaal has told Manchester United fans that 2015 will be a year to remember for all the right reasons. As United heads into the New Year, their supporters will reflect on a roller-coaster 12-month period that has seen them hit more lows than highs, reports dailymail.co.uk. For the first...