Van Gaal hails United’s goalless draw with Newcastle as ‘fantastic’

Louis van Gaal has reiterated Manchester United don’t need another striker, insisting he is “satisfied” with the performances of Wayne Rooney.


He has replaced De Gea in the team for the first two games of the 2015/16 Premier League season.

The Serbia striker did exactly what Steve McClaren asked beforehand, channelling his aggression in exactly the right way, something that Mitrovic admits he has to do every week if he is going to be a major plus for the team.

“Rooney is very strong mentally with what he has been through”, said McClaren, who was managing him for England during that run.

“No, because we were three times the better team”, Van Gaal said when asked if he was anxious about his side’s struggles in front of goal, citing the 1-0 wins over Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa.

Despite his indifferent start to the season, Rooney’s confidence was high. “It’s very hard to play at Old Trafford but we did all we could to stop them scoring”.

Depay also rounded Tim Krul when put through but failed to score. The lack of pace suited Newcastle and allowed them to settle into the game with the United fans getting frustrated.

Club Brugge’s goal was the only time they got close to United goal – they didn’t even have a shot on target and only scored via a deflection off Michael Carrick.

Following their opening game of the season against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday Luis Enrique, the Barca manager, refused to comment on the rumours surrounding the player.

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes thinks that Old Trafford should bring in Zlatan Ibrahimovic from Paris Saint-Germain.

But it never came and Newcastle could have snatched all three points at the death had Papiss Cisse’s cross been converted on the counter.

David de Gea’s relationship with Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has broken down completely.

The Red Devils, per the report, had been interested in a move for Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos this summer.

According to reports in Spain, the 10-time European champions will make one last attempt to sign the player before the window shuts on September 1.


“I’m delighted with both the performance and the result – surviving the first 20 minutes was the key to the game, and to go in at half-time at 0-0 gave us a chance”, he said.

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