“Ask me that question again in May”, Van Gaal said to reporters after goals from Memphis Depay, Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata at Old Trafford left Sunderland still looking for a first win of the season.
However, van Gaal believes it is too early to gauge United’s chances of a first title since legendary former manager Ferguson delivered his 13th and final championship in 2013.
Rooney, without a league goal in 11 matches, bundled in the second immediately after the restart to deflate the visitors before Mata rounded off a satisfying day. Next Sunday’s trip to the Emirates begins a month where they play only one game at home – against their local rivals Manchester City – and face testing trips to Everton, CSKA Moscow and Crystal Palace.
Louis van Gaal’s men now have 16 points, one more than City who took the lead at Tottenham through record signing Kevin de Bruyne before the hosts stormed back with England striker Harry Kane finally on target after 12 hours without a goal for his club. I am pleased we are top of the league now and it is a great start for us this season and hopefully we can carry it on and maintain our good form.
United boss Louis van Gaal has set new strict guidelines for the veteran keeper’s training schedule to keep him away from the rest of the senior players.
Anthony Martial has yet to score in the Champions League (505 minutes).
“He’s been incredible”, Rooney told MUTV of Martial.
BBC Sports pundit Garth Crooks spoke about the Spaniard’s performance against Sunderland at the weekend, hinting that if United were to win the league, Mourinho would regret selling him.
“I have let 20 or 25 players go”.
Dick Advocaat’s side are yet to win in seven matches, but Fletcher insists Sunderland’s resolve remains strong.
“How we go back on the field it’s so important”. He is not going to change no matter what has gone on.
“We are concentrating on the Wolfsburg game on Wednesday night now and making sure we get a positive result”.
This kind of outlay meant United were the third highest net spenders in Europe during the summer of 2015 with a €93 million loss, according to theCIES Football Observatory; this is despite offloading the “20 or 25 players” LVG mentions, showing just how much money was spent. He knows what he is doing.