Manchester United are looking to record a fourth successive victory in all competitions after a timely return to form, with the 3-2 win over Arsenal and thrilling the resilient Old Trafford crowd on Sunday. Reports say the overall picture on the United injury front is looking more positive too.
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has revealed Anthony Martial and Matteo Darmian are ready to return to action in Wednesday’s Barclays Premier League clash with Watford.
Teenage sensation, Marcus Rashford, will hope to feature again on Wednesday when Watford visit Old Trafford in the Barclays Premier League.
Louis van Gaal believes Manchester United’s breakout star Marcus Rashford has the personality to handle his overnight fame – but he would like the media to leave his striker in peace.
The Academy graduate, Marcus Rashford (photo: above) scored a memorable brace on his senior debut in the Europa League tie against FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford. The 18-year-old bagged another double against Arsenal on Sunday after retaining his starting place in the absence of the injured captain Wayne Rooney and/or Anthony Martial.
The teenage graduate was named Man of the Match against the Gunners with 82% of fans’ votes on Twitter and he has since earned a nomination for the club’s Player of the Month award for February.
Van Gaal spoke positively about him during his pre-match press conference at the Aon Training Complex, though he admitted he would prefer the press not to go overboard.
“First, I think that the media have to leave him in peace,” van Gaal explained. “When you are in front of his house and that kind of stuff, I don’t think that is beneficial for a boy of 18 years old.
“Give him the time to be 18 years old, and we shall guide him also in that way. But he is a very modest guy, so I don’t think that shall be a problem. Of course, when you have so much attention from the media, it can go in another way. I believe he shall keep his feet on the ground.”
Isn’t it wonderful?
Van Gaal also spoke about his theatrical dive to the ground when remonstrating with the fourth official about Alexis Sanchez’s simulated falls on the pitch during the 3-2 win over Arsenal (photo: below). He maintains he was right to complain about the Gunners’ behaviour on the pitch, the Dutchman insists he will not make a habit of entering the technical area.
“It is not a part of my philosophy, because I don’t think you can influence the game from that spot,” he told the press. “But I am not a clown; I am Louis van Gaal, I am a human being and a manager.
“The players have to think on the pitch and not the manager. Sometimes I help them with these actions but I help them more to train in the brain what I have said. I have trained them for 18 months and they are seeing the solutions on the pitch. I have experience that you cannot influence the game – the players are influencing the game by themselves.”
– Rashford, Lingard and Memphis nominated for Player of the Month
– Boss hints Martial and Darmian could return against Watford
– Herrera, Carrick and Smalling determined to secure fourth straight win
We await Watford at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
Up Man U!