Right, lets end this topsy-turvy season on a high with wins over Arsenal or Hull. Whether or not it sends down Steve Bruce’s side or not, I don’t think Louis van Gaal will think twice about that. He has no alliance whatsoever with the former Manchester United centre back.
That’s for another week. United host Arsenal on Sunday; the last Premier League fixture at Old Trafford of the 2014/15 campaign. Wayne Rooney and Luke Shaw are not in contention to feature having picture up injuries ruling them out for the rest of the season.
The manager revealed that Rafael Da Silva is back in training but will not be back in time for Arsenal. Then again, even when he was 100% the Brazilian was not getting a look in due to make-shift right back Antonio Valencia being the reason I am currently nail-less.
Former Manchester United striker/winger Danny Welbeck has been ruled out for his potential Old Trafford return. “I would love to have him available, but we have to do without him,” Arsene Wenger said. “Welbeck is short by a fraction, but he is not far away.”
I’m sure you’ll live, Wenger. Having an elite striker like Olivier Giroud makes such a loss bearable.
Anyway, on a positive note, for United, Angel Di Maria and Robin van Persie return from their injuries. I shouldn’t have to ask you if you sensed the sarcasm but you know what people are like.
“Angel Di Maria and Robin van Persie are able to play,” Van Gaal told the press on Friday.
It will be interesting to see who the manager selects up front and what formation he will opt for against an Arsenal side that I feel will struggle with our strength and nastiness, granted Marouane Fellaini’s elbow shows up.
A win would put pressure on Arsenal for that 3rd spot, avoiding those Champions League qualifiers. The Gunners, however, should win at least 2 of their remaining 3 fixtures with Sunderland and West Brom coming up after United.
Stats from kickoff.co.uk
1. Manchester United have lost just four of their last 20 home Premier League games, although one of these was the last fixture against West Brom.
2. The Red Devils are also performing well overall in the Premier League, winning 11, drawing four and losing five.
3. In their last 20 home games against teams positioned in the top half of the table, Manchester United have won 7, drawn 3 and lost 10 of these matches.
4. Manchester United have lost just three home Premier League games against Arsenal and are unbeaten in the last seven, including wins in the last five.
5. The Red Devils are also unbeaten in the last seven of these Premier League fixtures overall, not losing to Arsenal in the top flight since May 2011.
6. Manchester United lead the wins overall in this league history, taking three points on 21 occasions, losing 11 and drawing 13.
7. 11 of the last 16 of these fixtures overall in the league have seen both sides scoring.
8. In their last 20 home matches, Manchester United have scored 2.1 goals per game and conceded 0.8 goals per game on average.
9. Wayne Rooney has scored nine previous goals in this league history, including a goal during the 2-1 win at the Emirates earlier this season.
10. In their last 20 home games, 74% of the 43 goals scored by Manchester United have come in open play, whilst 23% have come from set-pieces.
news rumours, Daniel Levy is yet again playing the role of a pimp touting Spurs striker Harry Kane around for £45 million.
I covered a reaction story for The Mirror on Friday stating that we have been in a similar situation previously although with a proven striker, not someone just bursting onto the scene.
The best thing Kane can do is stay at White Heart Lane another year in search of consistency. Jumping ship so soon could slow down his quickly moving development and that could disrupt his career. United won’t be the only big club keen if the England international can do what he did this season for a second year running.
Basically what I’m saying, Mr Kane, is that you should wind down your current contract and say a big ‘FUCK YOU’ to Levy.
If you have any questions for Manchester United legend Lou Macari send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re meeting up with the Scot this weekend for an interview.