Man United round-up including latest on Van Persie and Van Gaal praising youth academy

by Sam Peoples

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal was in a talkative mood ahead of his side’s game against Sunderland on Saturday.

The Dutchman addressed a wide range of topics and moved to allay concerns over certain aspects of Man United’s play.

First of all, he praised the club’s youth policy after Tyler Blackett and Reece James signed new deals at United this week. Both players were rewarded after impressing in the youth ranks and van Gaal was delighted to see his young players doing well.

With Robin van Persie out of the game this weekend due to injury, van Gaal admitted that there is a higher chance of Radamel Falcao starting. The Colombian was benched for the team’s last outing against Swansea City.

There have been concerns from United fans about whether or not the club will finish in the top four of the Premier League this season but van Gaal insisted there is nothing to be worried about.

However, he did admit that it would be a “big disappointment” if United were to miss out and that they will need their fair share of luck in order to achieve the objective. He added that United’s home form will be crucial in the run-in.

Finally, van Gaal spoke about United’s playing style. The team have employed an increasingly predictable tactic this campaign, which seems focussed on keeping the ball rather than trying something different in order to beat an opponent. Van Gaal said his team aren’t playing in the right way and that they must pass the ball much quicker on the pitch if they are to prosper.

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