Reds held Leicester inquest

first_img Nearly a week on from the capitulation, Van Persie is still at a loss to explain how United failed to win the match, which they led 3-1 thanks to his first goal of the season, and strikes from Angel di Maria and Ander Herrera. “It shouldn’t be possible, but it still happened,” Van Persie told Fox Sports ahead of Saturday’s home game against West Ham. “So we have to deal with it. We had a proper look at it the next day. “Sometimes it was a bit confronting. “It was a really good meeting as everyone spoke up and shared their feelings. “It was a long meeting, one hour or something meeting, but we went from there, started again this week and a couple of really good sessions in and everyone feels ready to face West Ham.” Spirits were high before the start of the season following United’s successful tour of the United States, but Van Gaal has endured a poor start to life in England. The former Ajax and Bayern Munich manager has recorded just one win so far, against relegation candidates QPR. Press Association Defeat to West Ham would raise further questions about Van Gaal’s ability to take United back into the Champions League, but Van Persie is sure his fellow Dutchman is the right man to revive the club’s fortunes following the failures of David Moyes’ reign. “I think his numbers speak for themselves, he has had success everywhere he has managed,” said Van Persie, who captained Holland under Van Gaal at the World Cup. “And everyone believes in his philosophy as well. “If you look at the players we have now, the staff, the stadium, and the fans, I am very confident for the future.” Much to Van Gaal’s dismay, he has been hit by an injury crisis ahead of the visit of Sam Allardyce’s side. Summer signing Marcos Rojo is United’s only fit centre-back as Jonny Evans, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling are injured while Tyler Blackett is missing through suspension. At the other end of the pitch, Van Gaal has no such worries thanks to his summer recruitment drive. Last week the Dutchman deployed Van Persie, Wayne Rooney and loan signing Radamel Falcao in a three-pronged attack to good effect. Van Persie insists there is room for all three stars in the starting XI. “We want to play together,” Van Persie said. “We are constantly talking to each other: how can we improve our game together because everyone feels together we are stronger. “It’s quite interesting to see one of these conversations because we all have the same targets. We all want to win games and to share success.” Van Persie says the poor start to the season has not had a big impact on the confidence levels within the squad. “I don’t think we have confidence issues to be honest, but you have to be realistic,” he said. “You have to know where to improve. Me, I’m 31-years-old, but I can still improve.” Manchester United held a deep hour-long inquest into their dismal 5-3 defeat to Leicester, Robin van Persie has revealed. Manager Louis van Gaal was unhappy with his team’s performance at the King Power Stadium on Sunday, where they conceded four goals in the last 28 minutes, and told his squad to meet for a detailed debrief 24 hours later. Van Persie said “confronting” views were exchanged during the meeting, which he feels was beneficial to the squad as they look to improve following their worst start to a Premier League campaign. last_img read more

Seattle outing for United new boys

first_img United confirmed before jetting off to the west coast of America that Schweinsteiger had signed a three-year deal at Old Trafford after ending his long association with Bayern Munich. ”Bastian is the ultimate professional and there is no doubting his talent and his ability to control games,” said United manager Louis van Gaal, who worked with the German for two years at Bayern. “He brings a wealth of experience and is an excellent addition to our squad.” The arrival of Schneiderlin, one of the most impressive performers for Southampton since their promotion to the Barclays Premier League, further improved the mood among United fans who long for their team to challenge for the title next season. For now, the duo’s focus is on settling into life at United. Schweinsteiger and Schneiderlin were all smiles as they got off the team coach at United’s hotel in Bellevue, on the outskirts of Seattle, at 5:20pm local time on Monday. They were joined on the bus by fellow new signings Memphis Depay and Matteo Darmian, who will be looking to play some part in this weekend’s friendly at the CenturyLink Field, home of Major League Soccer franchise Seattle Sounders. After checking into their rooms on Monday evening, the 26-strong United squad left their hotel and undertook a light stretching session at the nearby training ground of NFL side Seattle Seahawks. Despite weeks of speculation linking him with Real Madrid, goalkeeper David de Gea was with United in Washington. United play the first of four matches in the United States in the early hours of Saturday morning when they face Mexican side Club America. United landed in Seattle ahead of that International Champions Cup friendly with a spring in their step following the double signing of Schweinsteiger and Schneiderlin. Press Association Robin van Persie was not present, however. The Dutch striker will be unveiled as a Fenerbahce player in Turkey on Tuesday. Another two notable absentees from United’s training party are Rafael and Victor Valdes. Rafael, who joined United seven years ago, appears to be surplus to requirements following the signing of Darmian from Torino. Valdes’ absence comes as a surprise, particularly when De Gea is the subject of such intense interest from Real Madrid. Rather than Valdes, manager Louis van Gaal has opted to bring Sam Johnstone and Anders Lindegaard along to the US as backup for De Gea, who has just one year left on his contract. Marcos Rojo and Angel di Maria are exempt from the tour after their exploits with Argentina in the Copa America this summer. After taking on Club America, United fly to San Jose, where they will play San Jose Earthquakes and Barcelona before rounding off their tour in Chicago, where they will face Paris St Germain. Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin took part in a light training session with their new Manchester United team-mates on Monday night as the Red Devils touched down in Seattle for the start of their pre-season tour. last_img read more