Van Gaal says no Man United player is guaranteed a starting place

Saturday morning (Singapore time) encounters are set to become a staple of the EPL viewing schedule for Singaporeans next season, but Red Devils supporters can only hope that their side’s showing beneath the Villa Park floodlights was not a further sign of things to come. He was on the scoresheet before half an hour had passed.


United missed out on Europe for the first time in 19 years after a disappointing seventh-placed finish in the 2013-14 Premier League season. We know we can play a lot better and we have the players to do that.

Javier Hernandez, Tom Cleverley, Nani and Anderson all made Premier League appearances in the first month of last season.

“In all other teams, they are not at moment at the highest level”. They can attack also, so it shall be a hard match – that is why the pressure is high. It should have been enough to keep Januzaj on his toes with still two weeks of the transfer window left. He is a thoroughbred with the ethic of a dray horse and looks increasingly exhausted by it. Van Gaal must be careful from here. However, Rooney hasn’t scored in the last eight games for his club and has only attempted one shot from open play this season. Turning 30 on November 29, 2003, Ryan Giggs, the most exceptional footballer- athlete of the modern era, had played 606 times.

David De Gea remains out as he ponders over his future but Van Gaal has a fully-fit squad to choose from, with the exception of Phil Jones who is still sidelined with an illness.

Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini will also be available for van Gaal and the Dutchman could consider using the duo as well. “We are playing with confidence and we can be unsafe tomorrow (Tuesday)”. What line-up would you like to see start?

After getting two goals against Newcastle on Boxing Day last year he didn’t score again until February 16, a run of nine games. The same goes for Antonio Valencia. He didn’t get the same feeling when he picked Rafael, and now a player who was popular and talented has found himself at Lyon.

Lazio, another side who could have faced United, will entertain Bayer Leverkusen in Rome with the Germans travelling fresh from starting their Bundesliga campaign by beating Hoffenheim 2-1 on Saturday. To be dumped out by a club last crowned Belgian champions a decade ago would mean Van Gaal had failed before the end of August, according to Woodward’s demand.


Januzaj did not take long to put his stamp on the match, side footing the ball far post after a delightful, composed turn.

Nick Potts  PA Wire

Adnan Januzaj opens the scoring for Man Utd