Sunday’s game was the first match Rojo has started for United this season after his extended summer holiday following his involvement in the Copa America with Argentina.
Andreas Pereira marked his first competitive start for United with a goal from a stunning free kick that left Bialkowski rooted to the spot as the ball flew over the wall and into the right hand corner of the net.
On United’s pre-season tour of the USA Van Gaal, before he signed Martial, declared Rooney would be his striker this term after a variety of forward roles last term.
Fans will be delighted to hear one of the club’s top prospects now looks set to continue his career at Old Trafford, as Wilson’s future has been hotly debated in the past couple of months. We were quite surprised when we came in. “He has to cope with that pressure and from what I have seen until now he can do it”.
Manchester United’s defensive crisis at left-back means Louis van Gaal has pelnty to ponder for Saturday’s home game against Sunderland in the Premier League.
Well, Van Gaal believes it’s a combination of luck, the players around him and the quality he evidently has to offer.
“That’s not hard because he’s a player who is very modest and he knows he can score because of his fellow players”, said van Gaal. “We are happy but still we have to keep our feet on the ground”.
Injuries to Marcos Rojo, Paddy McNair and Luke Shaw have severely diminished United’s defensive ranks – while Phil Jones has just returned from a lengthy lay-off.
The former FC Barcelona manager remained coy over his starting line-up, insisting that he would make a decision on the same tomorrow.
Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has taken the time to praise Louis van Gaal and has hailed the Dutchman’s influence on his personal development. I don’t know much about them.
Black Cats manager Dick Advocaat has described his old adversary as “one of the best coaches in the world” on the eve of the match. You always get conflict but I don’t think he cares.