Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is clearly not happy with the timing of the Manchester derby.
This would be his first experience of the Manchester derby and it would also pit him against Pep Guardiola, who is seen as one of his fiercest rivals in the world of management. Guardiola has come up against Mourinho on numerous occasions but the Portuguese has failed to get the better statistics. The only occasion when the Portuguese managed to comfortably overcome Guardiola was during his regime at Inter Milan. Even then, it took one of the best defensive displays in recent memory to come out successful.
As a result, all the eyes of the world will be up on the Manchester derby next weekend. Both teams will have a difficult time preparing for this encounter since a majority of their players will be away on international duty. The international weekend in the month of September is widely despised by many of the managers. This time around, though, most of the games involving international teams are extremely important World Cup 2018 qualifiers and not just meaningless friendly matches. Even then, Mourinho is unhappy with the timing of the international break and the Manchester derby. He says that this will significantly affect his team’s preparations.
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Manchester United will be without Champions League for the upcoming 2016-17 season, but that does not seem to be the main priority for the new manager José Mourinho who has insisted that the club will be looking to win the league title straight away.
There will be a lot of expectations of the Portuguese manager, who is well-known to win league titles quite comfortably. Jose Mourinho is one of the few managers in the world to have won league titles in England, Spain, and Italy. He is known as a great tactician, but even he has recognised the need for signing many new players.
United have already brought in the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, while the big-money summer signing is expected to come in the form of Paul Pogba from Juventus. United are in advanced negotiations for the Frenchman, who left the club a few years ago for as little as £ 800,000. Now, though, United have to shell out around 110 million euros in order to bring him back. Mourinho, though, sees Pogba as the addition that will help United ward off the threat from Manchester City, who are now managed by Mourinho’s biggest nemesis Pep Guardiola. Since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013, United have not won the league title.
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Manchester United fans who have been bored to death with the football displayed under Louis Van Gaal has been assured that they will be playing an attacking football next season.
Jose Mourinho has stated that he want the team to play as they did under Sir Alex Ferguson.
The Portuguese manager has vowed to build a team that will display the Ferguson DNA and that they will display the same philosophy on the pitch. He said that he knows what the Manchester United fans want and that he is prepared to give them what they want.
Jose Mourinho is renowned for being pragmatic and adapting his tactics according to the opposition. There were fears by the Manchester United fans that he will be using the same tactics as he used at Chelsea by “parking the bus”. However, Mourinho wants to assure the fans that he does not have the intention of playing a boring football and that he will do everything he can to entertain them. Continue reading Jose Mourinho has stated that Manchester United will play an attacking football next season
Louis van Gaal has hinted that he might rotate his team for the game against Norwich City especially with a crucial FA Cup final coming soon.
Indeed, winning the FA Cup will be the only way for the Dutchman to save an otherwise frustrating season.
Manchester United will have to face two away games at Norwich City and West Ham in the space of 4 days before ending their Premier League season against Bournemouth. Louis van Gaal said that he has a fully fit squad at his disposal and that he will make full use of every player during these remaining games of the season.
He added that at this stage of this season it is important to choose players that are still fresh and not showing signs of fatigue. Van Gaal said that playing 2 matches in quick succession is never easy and that he will have to rotate his team if they want to finish the season on a high note.
Louis van Gaal stated that he prefer to stick with a team as much as possible, but sometimes injuries, suspensions, and fatigue force you to make changes to your team. He said that he had the same policy in every club he has managed, but it is a bit difficult to do the same in the Premier League given that they play more matches in a short period of time. Continue reading Louis van Gaal might rotate his team for the match against Norwich
Following the victory in the Manchester derby, the hopes of Manchester United has been raised as the team is just a point away from Champions League qualification.
After the International break, Manchester United resume against Everton in the English Premier league. The match proves to be one of the biggest tests for Louis Van Gaal. The victory against Liverpool, Arsenal and recently Manchester city has transformed the poor run the red Devils started with.
However, with the wins, the results that followed blemished it. After the victory against The Reds, they lost to Southampton. After the win against Arsenal, the red Devils lost again against West Brom. This match against Everton is a must win to keep the UEFA champions league qualification hopes alive.
On the other hand, Everton has been inconsistent this season. The Roberto Martinez led team is just 12 points clear the relegation zone with seven matches to go. The team has put 51 goals past the net but has also conceded a whopping 41 goals due to the troubled defense in place. Continue reading MANCHESTER UNITED IN A MUST-WIN MATCH AGAINST EVERTON
One of the things that Louis van Gaal has consistently been critiqued is for the methods or playing style that he has been implementing in Old Trafford which essentially consisted on siting back and being defensive with a slow paced rhythm. The vast majority of Manchester United’s results finish in either 1-0 or draws.
It’s been a very long time since Manchester United has claimed an overwhelmingly convincing victory as most of their triumphs are snatched by the minimum amount of goals and even when they do manage to come out on top with the victory, it always seems like United struggle even in their triumphs.
Louis van Gaal has recently stated that there are certain occasions when even he felt bored watching his team play on a few matches as the Dutch coach told the media: “There are matches that I have enjoyed and there are also matches where I’m very bored or angry because we are not disorganizing our opponent’s defence but that is football.At this moment we have a lack of creativity and you can see that but they have done it played well in the past so they can do it.”
For a club that routinely spends millions of pounds in upgrading their team and signing top class players, playing with a such a defensive and fairly dull style is something that has disappointed the supporters of the Premier League club as they want to see the players come to life in every single match and show that they are indeed worthy of snatching a top spot in the English league. Continue reading At certain times, Louis van Gaal gets bored of Manchester United’s playing style