Victor Valdes is having a tough time in Old Trafford and it won’t change

Victor Valdes did not play in any of the 4 opening matches of the season for Manchester United and from the looks of it; the Spanish shot-stopper will not play an important role for the Premier League club at all.

The 33 year old player has an impressive trophy collection as he basically won every single major title when he was playing for Barcelona but these titles don’t mean anything to Louis van Gaal as the Dutch manager prefers using Sergio Romero as his main goal-keeper but this is only due to a fall out in which Victor Valdes decided not to play in a reserve game and this has started a string of negative consequences that does not favor Valdes in any way.

The situation of Victor Valdes in Old Trafford is so dire that the veteran player was not even in the bench of Manchester United for their opening 4 matches. Sergio Romero has played in all the matches and in the sidelines; the 22 year old Sam Johnstone is the one who has been sitting on the bench.

During the summer transfer window, there interest from the Turkish side Besiktas and a deal was on the verge of happening but the transfer never occurred and now Victor Valdes has to either try to reconciliate with Louis van Gaal and attempt to earn playing time or settle with a place in the dressing room of Manchester United.

Another option for Victor Valdes is for him to snatch a loan deal and join a different club where he can get playing time.

Pedro is one of the national teammates of Victor Valdes and the Spanish attacker who is currently playing for Chelsea, stated that his dissatisfaction in seeing Valdes struggle as he said: “No. It is true that I do not like this treatment to my teammates, especially Victor who has been a reference for me as a companion and a great professional,” Pedro told Spanish newspaper Marca. Continue reading Victor Valdes is having a tough time in Old Trafford and it won’t change

Celtic has progressed to the playoffs of the Champions League

A lonely goal from Dedryck Boyata was enough for Celtic to secure their spot in the playoff rounds of the Champions League as the Scottish team defeated Qarabag. Celtic and Qarabag had to face each other on 2 matches.

The first match was played on July 29 at Celtic Park in Glasgow and it was in this match when Dedryck Boyata managed to find the back of the net as he scored at the 82nd minute and despite both teams having to play in 2 separate matches, only 1 goal was scored in over 180 minutes of playing time.

The 2nd and final match saw Celtic having to travel to Baku and play against Qarabag at the Tofiq Bahramov Stadium. The Scottish outfit allowed their opposition to have plenty of time on the ball and it was actually Qarabag the team that appeared to be closer on scoring as the home team launched a total of 12 shots meanwhile Celtic only fired 5 shots in the entirety of the game. Celtic sat back and held on to their goal lead until the very end

The Champions League draw for the playoffs has already been completed and Celtic was pitted against the Swedish side Malmo. The first leg is scheduled to take place on August 19 in Celtic Park and the last leg will be taking place on August 25 as Celtic travel to the Swedbank Stadium. Continue reading Celtic has progressed to the playoffs of the Champions League

Marouane Fellaini played an integral part in the club’s revival

Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini played an integral part in the club’s revival in fortunes towards the end of the season.

The Belgian seemingly was heading towards an exit when Louis Van Gaal took over. After all, he had just completed a very poor first season at Old Trafford and he was widely rated as not being a ‘United type of player’. Amidst all such opinions,Fellaini managed to play a vital role in Unitedreturning to the Champions League. Some of his key goals came in key matches – like against West Brom – when United were struggling to make any impact.

The 27-year-old is at the peak of his career and United are set to take advantage of this physical presence in a big way going forward. The former Everton man finished last season with seven goals from 27 matches. More importantly, he has helped retain the ball in the attacking third of the pitch due to his physical presence.Fellaini, though, sees his future at United transforming into a defensive midfielder going forward. Often players resorted to playing in this position towards the end of their career, but Fellaini started out here and sees himself ending his career in this position as well. Continue reading Marouane Fellaini played an integral part in the club’s revival

Phil Jones says that the players are starting to understand the tactics of manager Louis van Gaal

Manchester United defender Phil Jones says that the players are starting to understand the tactics of manager Louis van Gaal and this has coincided with the significant improvement in form. United have been one of the top teams in the Premier League in 2015. They are currently on a run of four straight victories. It has made them almost certain of a top four finish, which was the primary objective of the club at the start of the campaign. Apart from their return to Champions League, United can also look forward to challenging for the title next season.

Such has been their form that they have managed to convert a nine-point deficit over Manchester City in the first half of the season into a four-point advantage going towards the end of the campaign. Van Gaal adopted the 3-5-2 formation during the early part of the season and this did not suit the players at all. It has only been after the return to playing four at the back that the players have started looking comfortable. Since then, they have managed to understand the tactics of the Dutchman in a much better way. Jones says that this is a huge reason behind their revival in form. Continue reading Phil Jones says that the players are starting to understand the tactics of manager Louis van Gaal

Manchester United latest Match a Draw

The latest Premier League matches of Manchester United has seen the team of Louis van Gaal clinching a 1-1 draw when playing against West Ham United and 3 days later when facing off with the basement relegation zone club Barnley they claimed a 3-1 triumph.

These have been fairly positive results as Manchester United sealed 4 points from these 2 matches which is a decent amount of points however; when you analyze how the squad of Louis van Gaal performed in both matches it’s a completely different story.

When Manchester United faced off with West Ham United on February 8, a late goal from Daley Blind was the only reason on how they managed on snatching the draw. Even with all of the talented attacking players that play for Manchester United which include the likes of: Angel Di Maria, Falcao, Van Persie, and Rooney. The only goal that Louis van Gaal’s squad scored came at the very last minute of the match through the likes of Daley Blind. Continue reading Manchester United latest Match a Draw