Van Gaal proud of top spot but knows where Man Utd stand

Head coach Dick Advocaat is under increasing pressure with Sunderland yet to win a league game this season, although he is unlikely to receive any sympathy on the pitch from fellow Dutchman van Gaal. “The manager has influence but the players have much more“, Van Gaal said. And that makes a huge difference. “But for me when we beat Wolfsburg and [David] de Gea scores the goal I am also happy!” “He was smiling”.


Victor Valdes has again been ignored by Louis van Gaal after being left out of the official squad photo. They have dropped only five points from the 21 on offer, and lead the table by a point from Manchester City. PSV and Southampton games just a blip.

Morgan Schneiderlin says he has had to get used to working under the “very strict” Louis van Gaal at Manchester United this season. “You never know so I can not answer that question”, the United manager said.

United were frustrated by a struggling Sunderland side until Depay put them in front in the fourth minute of first-half stoppage time when he converted Mata’s cut-back, his first league goal for the club. I don’t have to wait until October.

“We have improved”, Smalling said.

“I rotate more now because I can”.

As United top the Premier League for the first time in nearly two years he says English teams are hampered in the Champions League because of the Premier League “rat race”.

Ramires fired a thunderbolt into the roof of the net with 12 minutes remaining and Willian then saw his free kick go directly into the net through a crowd of players and unsighted home goalkeeper Tim Krul.

“We have expectations, which are higher than what has so far shown here”, Hecking said. This was a fifth defeat in seven league games.

On the other hand, it has been a sustained period of misery for Sunderland since the beginning of the campaign. “That is why I do that every season – because I think we need that new stimulus”. That also didn’t bring results. “Sometimes in football it goes like that, though, and we didn’t make enough of the chances we had”, the Germany forward told the Bundesliga’s official website after Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Hannover.


David Moyes cashed in on one of the most freakish decisions of Jose Mourinho to land the former Valencia winger and the Red Devils have since gone through a period of transition to stabilize under their current manager.

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