[dropcap]M[/dropcap]anchester United’s ‘stole victory’ against Everton as per their Manager Louis van Gaal, lift them next to Manchester City with one point down and make them one of the contenders for the next season’s Champions League place.
United’s graph not well since the beginning from this season, but they managed to avoid the Champions League exit from next season. Despite of poor scoring record with this season, they beat Manchester City in a vital match and found young talents on their side.
Anthony Martial scored the only goal of the match and stole the fans at Old Trafford.
Last three months LVG is fighting to secure his job in Old Trafford, which is still under threat by Jose Mourinho.
He said after 1-0 win against Everton:
“We didn’t play so well,”
“We didn’t create many chances.
“Everton are a very good team, much stronger away than at home, and it was a very tight game. We were the lucky team today.” Van Gaal said.
“We want to give entertainment for the fans, but the fans were entertained today because of the tension,”
“If we lose today, the victory against Manchester City is worthless,”
“Now we are still in the race. We have a very important game against Tottenham.”
After the humiliating goal-less match against West Ham at Old Trafford, Manchester United is now heading to Champions League clash against Wolfburg.
Last-16 fate of United will be decided by this crucial match and they beat Wolfburg 2-1 with the goals from Juan Mata and Chris Smalling.
Major blow for Manchester United is Wayne Rooney’s ankle injury. Anthony Martial is going to replace the England forward, but Champions League needs experience to taste the victory.
Fans were booed and shouted ‘Attack, Attack, Attack’. It shows that they are expecting the numbers on scoreboard. Louis Van Gaal is handling an unbalanced situation.
But Van Gaal said this Champions League match won’t rely with Premier League results.
He said: “You have to prove yourselves, as a club, as a team and as players,”
He also believes his experience will bring back the United from trouble.
“When you are creating chances you shall finish those kind of chances,”
“That’s why we have that belief. It’s a matter of time and I hope we can prove it against Wolfsburg.
“I have the experience as a manager that the goals shall come.”
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Van Gaal about Martial: “We have to give him time and that’s always difficult when you are playing for a team like Manchester United because the expectations are very high,”
“But I am very convinced that he will continue with his performances, and that he shall score at the right moment again.
“You cannot expect a 20-year-old player coming to the Premier League to score every week. I didn’t expect it either.
“When he came he was accelerating in the start of his campaign at Manchester United. I know that and I have to explain it to everybody because he doesn’t need that pressure to score every match.”
Even a draw will help Wolfsburg to reach their Champions League knockout for the first time. If they beat Manchester United they will stand next in group table.
Manchester United avoided the same fate as Arsenal or Chelsea after they managed a hard-fought 2-1 win over Wolfsburg in the Champions League. It has been a tale of disappointment for English clubs in this season’s Champions League group stages. English clubs have already lost five games in the group stages and it looked like more was on the cards when Caligiuri opened the scoring for Wolfsburg in the fourth minute. United’s return to the prestigious European competition began with a disappointing defeat against PSV Eindhoven away from home. The team was looking forward to this home fixture in order to gain some form in Europe.
Barcelona and Bayern Munich are favourites to win the title according to football betting odds, but manager Louis Van Gaal spoke about United being capable of winning the title this season. On the evidence of their display against Wolfsburg, they will have to improve a lot in order to beat much better opposition in the latter stages. For the time being, qualifying to the last 16 has to be the main priority for the club. It is fast turning out into a difficult group with all teams level on points following match day 2. Anthony Martial has been in sparkling form since moving from Monaco, but his wait for a first Champions League goal for United goes on.
Against Wolfsburg, Martial was not spectacular and just about did the job. Despite winning three points, Van Gaal came up with the excuse of tiredness already hitting his team. United have had to reach this stage after having played qualifying matches. Juan Mata and Chris Smalling were
It remains to be seen if the Champions League exertions also put tremendous pressure on the team ahead of the game against Arsenal during the weekend. United finally moved back to the top spot after last week’s 3-0 win over Sunderland.