Manchester United beat Yeovil to make seat in FA Cup

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Manchester United managed to book their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup after a hard fought 2-0 win over League One strugglers Yeovil Town.

The victory came at a huge cost for United after they lost defenders Luke Shaw and Rafael Da Silva due to injuries. This was only the second win for the team in the last five matches. For long periods, it looked like United were heading for their fourth draw in five matches, but two goals in the second half settled things for the Red Devils. Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera opened the scoring in the 64th minute while an injury time goal from Angel di Maria confirmed the victory.

Di Maria was just returning from yet another injury trouble. While his return was a major positive, United’s defence of problems look set to continue in the coming weeks with both Shaw and Rafael likely to be unavailable for the next couple of weeks. After being knocked out of the League Cup very early, United were in danger of repeating yet another miserable performance after failing to open the scoring against a team two divisions below them. For the moment, though, Van Gaal is just happy to be in the fourth round draw.

“I think we have a lot of problems in the first half. Rafael da Silva has an injury, a fracture of his bone. So it was fantastic the cuts that he played through but I have to change him and also Luke Shaw had an ankle problem, so I had to change him also.We have to wait and see [with Rafael] because he is now already taken away in a car. I don’t know [how it happened], I have to watch the video again. It was a duel, also the same with Shaw,” said Van Gaal.

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Manchester United tough match to Win

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Manchester United has already faced one of the top clubs in the Premier League a few days ago when they played against Manchester City on November 2 and lost 1-0 with a solo goal from Aguero sealing all 3 points for Manchester City.

There is another match that will be huge for Manchester United and tough for Louis van Gaal and his squad of players and it going to be played on November 22nd when United travel to the Emirates Stadium to play against Arsenal.

Arsenal vs Manchester United is scheduled to take place only a few days after countries and nations from all over the world play against each other in friendly matches or in 2016 Euro’s qualifying games which puts in danger the physical condition of players as they might get injured before the biggest Premier League match of the week takes place between Arsenal and Manchester United.

Even though the international matches haven’t even started, Manchester United has already received that some of their players will not be able to play in the approaching Premier League match against Arsenal.

RadamelFalcao, Phil Jones, Rafael Da Silva and Jonny Evans are out injured and not expected to make a recovery in time for their clubs’ match against Arsenal. Falcao is suffering from a calf problem, Evans is experiencing a foot injury, Da Silva has a muscular complaint and Jones still has not fully recovered from a shin problem.

Robin van Persie is one of the star attackers in the squad of Louis van Gaal and the Dutchman has experienced an injury that is going to force him to be sidelined unable to play in Holland’s upcoming friendly match against Mexico.

News of injuries is something that Louis van Gaal did not want to hear as he wants to collect as many points as possible in the remaining Premier League matches of the year and kick-start 2015 in full force and having secured a good spot in the English League standings.

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di Maria reveals Ronaldo had a big part to play in his move

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Manchester United record signing Angel di Maria has revealed that former United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo played a huge role in convincing him to move to Old Trafford in the summer. The Argentine signed for the Premier League outfit in a £ 59.7 million deal that also made him the British transfer record holder. He eclipsed Fernando Torres’ £ 50 million move to Chelsea a few years ago. Unlike Torres, di Maria has been a revelation in the league so far. He has already contributed several goals and assists for his new team and this has helped them regain their footing.

United went several matches without a win under new manager Louis van Gaal before the goals and assists from di Maria helped them move into the top four of the table. The presence of di Maria has had such an impact that former club record signing Juan Mata, who moved to the club only last January, has been on the bench more often than not in the last few weeks. The real test for United welcome in the coming weeks when they take on Manchester City and Chelsea. For the moment, di Maria is getting all the applause and he has thanked Ronaldo for convincing him to move to Old Trafford.

Ronaldo himself has spoken about returning to United in the near future. “Before we knew I was coming to Manchester, he told me it’s a massive club, I would be very happy here and it would be good for me. At that time we didn’t know for sure that I was coming or not so we didn’t go into great detail but what he did say helped me greatly to make my decision. It is a source of motivation. When you wear a shirt that’s been worn by the likes of David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo, it’s something you’re always going to be pleased about,” said Di Maria.

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Robben thinks Van Gaal can succeed at United

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Former Chelsea winger Arjen Robben believes that Louis van Gaal has all the abilities to be a huge success at Manchester United. The Dutchman recently took over from David Moyes as the new manager of the Premier League outfit and he has already made significant changes to the playing squad. The club has invested more than £ 150 million on several new players including British transfer record signing Angel di Maria. They recently got the first win of the season after a 4-0 thrashing of QPR at Old Trafford.

Prior to this victory, Louis van Gaal went four matches without a win and this raised suspicions that the Dutchman was not set for United. Those suggestions have been dismissed by Robben, who has played for Van Gaal at both club and international level. Van Gaal was the manager who brought him to Bayern Munich where he has had a hugely successful time by winning trophies like the Champions League and the Club World Cup. It is widely regarded that Robben and Robin van Persie are some of the close aides of Van Gaal at international level.

United will not be taking part in this season’s Champions League, but ahead of their own European campaign Robben says that United will be immensely successful under their new manager. “I haven’t spoken to him recently but I was very happy for him that he won the game against QPR. Hopefully now he can show that he will do very well but he needs time. I know how it works – if you are not winning, you get the pressure but the management at United know what sort of coach they have got and I am very confident he will be successful there. I have known him for a very long time,” said Robben.

Napoli Drops Idea Of Signing Fellaini

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Napoli seems to have dropped the idea of signing the Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini on loan and they are now interested in the Reds’ player Lucas Leiva.

Napoli had been very keen to land Fellaini in Spain, but, United is believed to have demanded too much money from them as loan fee and that’s why, they have now turned to Liverpool for Leiva.

Leiva had worked alongside Rafa Benitez when the latter was in charge at Anfield and he would not mind getting united with his former boss again considering his situation at Liverpool at the moment. He is not one of the first choices in the Reds squad for the holding role in the midfield.

Talking to the press about Fellaini a few days ago, Benitez had said, “It’s the Manchester United people who have to make any decision regarding Fellaini’s loan because the player belongs to them. It’s not up to us.”

“He obviously has great playmaking abilities and that’s why, he is so highly rated, but, he’s a player of other club. We need to be patient about this and let them decide.”

Fellaini had arrived at Old Trafford last year from Goodison Park. An amount close to 30 million Pounds was spent on him by the Red Devils, but, the output was not encouraging as the Belgian youngster couldn’t find the net in his entire debut season. He featured in 20 odd games, but, looked largely disappointing.

Louis Van Gaal, the new Manchester United boss, is said to be not that interested in keeping Fellaini at Old Trafford this summer.

Napoli was actually not such a bad club to play on loan for Fellaini. He’d have got the opportunity to play the European Cup football as well there.