Manchester United vs Sunderland: Anthony Martial starts up front alongside

Sunday Mirror Sport revealed last week that United’s owners were looking towards Pep Guardiola as a potential replacement for Louis van Gaal in 2017 because they are anxious about Giggs’ lack of management experience.


“He has already scored four goals”, the United manager said.

Growing up at the club has been an incredible experience and I feel it stands me in good stead for continuing my development as a Manchester United player. That I am convinced of. “You can see it in the enthusiasm amongst fans when we play a game”.

Martial will lead the line for United against Sunderland, with Rooney operating behind him, and Van Gaal believes they can build an excellent partnership.

“The manager has influence but the players much more“, Van Gaal said. You need luck but the balance of the team is better than last season. They have players like [Jermain] Defoe who is very experienced and a very good striker.

“We will wait until December to review Wilson’s situation”, the Dutchman added.

Just 38 seconds after the restart, Rooney bundled in his first Premier League goal in 999 minutes and Mata converted Ashley Young’s cross in the dying stages to round off the win.

He said: “I have been at United since I was seven years old and have thoroughly enjoyed my time here so far”.

There seems little chance of Van Gaal dropping Martial any time soon, however.

Robin van Persie, Radamel Falcao, Javier Hernandez and Angel di Maria left the club while David de Gea’s contract situation proved to be a real distraction in pre-season.

“Because Kluivert was also a fantastic, athletic figure and scored goals right from the beginning”.

When teams who are low on confidence come to Old Trafford, they seem to go into a shell and cling onto dear life.

“This is another generation”. Now for example all the time we have iPhones in our hands.

“I think that is where I can do best for the team, finding the gaps”.

“He’s at least six months out and that’s depending on the development of the rehab, which you can’t preview”, Van Gaal said.


“He needs to maintain that and it will be very hard for him”.

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