Van Gaal hails United development

first_imgLouis van Gaal has warned Manchester City they will face a completely different United side to the one that wilted in their last derby clash at the Etihad Stadium. Press Association United, on the other hand, are third in the table having enjoyed a run of five straight wins. Van Gaal believes United’s recent good form could be playing on the minds of the City players when they come to Old Trafford on Sunday. “Of course it plays a part in the spirit of our opponents and also our players,” the United boss said. “We have more confidence now and when they lose a point then it’s also sitting in the minds, so maybe it plays a role but that is dependable of the individual player and I don’t know the individual players of Manchester City so well so I cannot judge, but we have a lot of confidence and we haven’t lost so many times at home.” Although the victory against Aston Villa – which came courtesy of a Wayne Rooney volley and an Ander Herrera brace – was important, Van Gaal knows the derby will be United’s big chance to cement their place in the top four. “This is the decisive game,” he said. “It’s like the game against Liverpool and the game against Chelsea – you have to win these kinds of matches.” If United play anything like they did against Villa, they will stand a good chance of ending their run of four successive derby defeats. The hosts kept the ball well, enjoying 77 per cent of the possession, and produced three top-quality goals. Herrera swept in a low half-volley to put United ahead and rounded off the win in injury time with a well-taken strike on the break. The goal of the game undoubtedly belonged to Rooney though. The England captain cushioned Angel di Maria’s cross with his back to goal and then swept the ball past Brad Guzan on the turn. “That’s Rooney,” Van Gaal said with a smile. The Dutchman praised Di Maria for his impact off the bench, but that does not mean the Argentinian will walk into the team next weekend. “Now we are winning five games in a row so everybody has to wait for the right moment,” Van Gaal said. Other than Christian Benteke’s consolation, Villa offered little on the attack and they are now in serious danger of being sucked back into the relegation zone. Tim Sherwood is looking for an immediate response when his team host relegation rivals QPR, who hammered West Brom 4-1 on Saturday. “It’s a massive game for us,” the Villa boss said. “They got a good win today. It was a great result for them. “But we’re aiming to put six points between us and them by the end of that game.” Van Gaal’s team registered just two shots on target, Chris Smalling was sent off inside 39 minutes for two needless yellow cards, and United ended the match with Michael Carrick and Paddy McNair at centre-back after Marcos Rojo dislocated his shoulder following a rash sliding tackle. Five months on, things have improved immensely for Van Gaal. United play with much more confidence and they have rediscovered the killer touch that allowed them to register their fifth straight league win on Saturday against Aston Villa. “It was another Manchester United, I believe,” Van Gaal said when asked to reflect on the 1-0 defeat against Manuel Pellegrini’s side. “That was more in the start of the process and now we are in the end of the process. “Now we have developed the team. “I think also the confidence of our players is very high at the moment but also our performances show that so it’s not the same Manchester United.” That win proved vital for City. They dropped just four points in the following 10 league matches and were level with leaders Chelsea on New Year’s Day. Now they are below United and nine points behind leaders Chelsea, although they have a chance to make up ground when they face Crystal Palace on Monday. Van Gaal experienced one of the most disappointing results of his reign in November when United lost 1-0 at City thanks to Sergio Aguero’s goal. Without a win in three matches going into the derby, City were there for the taking, but United barely laid a finger on their opponents. last_img read more

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David de Gea signs new deal at Man Utd

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has pledged his future to the club © AFP/File / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 16 – David de Gea has signed a new long-term contract with Manchester United, the Premier League club announced on Monday, ending months of speculation over his future.The 28-year-old, who had been linked with a return to Spain with Real Madrid for several seasons, has put pen to paper on a new four-year deal. “David de Gea has signed a new long-term contract with Manchester United, keeping him at the club until at least June 2023,” United said on their official website. “There is an option to extend for a further year.”Former manager Alex Ferguson brought De Gea to the club from Atletico Madrid in 2011 in an £18.9 million ($23 million) deal and he has since made 367 appearances for the club.“It has been a privilege to spend eight years at this great club and the opportunity to continue my career at Manchester United is a genuine honour,” said the goalkeeper.“Since I arrived here, I could never have imagined I would play over 350 games for this club. Now my future is fixed, all I want is to help this team achieve what I believe we can and win trophies again, together.”De Gea joined in the year that United reached their third Champions League final in four years.The club’s fortunes have since dipped under a succession of different managers but the Spaniard has won the Premier League, the FA Cup, the League Cup and the Europa League since arriving at Old Trafford.“There’s no place like home,” he tweeted, accompanied by a video of himself the club’s stadium.Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he was delighted the Spaniard had committed his long-term future to the club.“Over recent years, David has proved himself to be the best in the world and a vital part of our plans as we look to take Manchester United back to where it belongs. David is a fantastic person and his outstanding quality provides the perfect base to our defence”De Gea, capped 40 times by Spain, came close to joining Real Madrid in 2015 only for a paperwork delay to stop the deal going through before the transfer deadline.He would have been free to speak to any European clubs from January 1 and leave next summer on a free transfer.Protracted negotiations over De Gea’s future were offered as a reason for his poor form towards the end of last season, with the club finishing a lowly sixth in the Premier League.He was also at fault for Patrick van Aanholt’s late winner as Crystal Palace won 2-1 at Old Trafford last month.He recently lost his place in the Spain team to Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, although he was recalled for this month’s Euro qualifying win over minnows the Faroe Islands.0Shares0000(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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