Louis van Gaal not ‘hurt’ by Scholes criticism
Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has shaken off the criticism by Manchester United legend Paul Scholes saying “sticks and stones will break my bone, names won’t hurt me”.
Scholes, who played 718 times for United, said there was a “lack of creativity and risk” about United’s play and that he “would not enjoy” playing under van Gaal. The former United midfielder made the comments after the Red Devils were eliminated from the League Cup by Championship side Middlesbrough.
However, van Gaal brushed off the comments and said he believed Scholes’ criticism was unfair.
“I don’t agree with his opinion,” he said. “I always take risks. Manchester United is always entertaining.”
Though he did admit he would not mind Scholes’ input privately.
“I cannot defend myself. He is a legend,” said Van Gaal.
“But when you are a legend, you have to speak with the manager, or his friend Ryan Giggs, or [executive vice-chairman] Ed Woodward and say things like this.
Van Gaal famously told journalists to judge him after three-months, but then told them that statement was a mistake when United registered one of their worst ever starts to an EPL season. It seems he has learned from his mistake and given himself a much larger time scale now.
“We are improving a lot but it takes three years.”
|Aston Villa v Swansea||1-2||0-1||1-1|
|Leicester v Crystal Palace||1-0||3-1||1-2|
|Norwich v West Brom||0-1||1-1||1-1|
|Stoke v Watford||0-2||1-0||2-1|
|West Ham v Chelsea||2-1||1-1||0-2|
|Arsenal v Everton||2-1||3-0||3-1|
|Sunderland v Newcastle||3-0||2-1||1-2|
|Bournemouth v Tottenham||1-5||1-2||1-3|
|Man Utd v Man City||0-0||2-1||2-3|
|Liverpool v Southampton||1-1||1-1||1-1|
A correct result (picking a win, draw or defeat) is worth ONE point. Getting the exact score correct earns THREE points.
Last Week I got Six correct results, including ONE perfect score to give me a combined total of Eight-Points.
|Chelsea v Liverpool||1-1|
|Crystal Palace v Man Utd||1-2|
|Man City v Norwich||5-0|
|Newcastle v Stoke||2-1|
|Swansea v Arsenal||1-1|
|Watford v West Ham||1-1|
|West Brom v Leicester||1-2|
|Everton v Sunderland||2-0|
|Southampton v Bournemouth||4-0|
|Tottenham v Aston Villa||3-0|
Chelsea v Liverpool
Chelsea’s nightmare continued as they were first defeat 2-1 by West Ham in the EPL last weekend and then lost on penalties to Stoke in the League Cup midweek.
Things have got so bad at Chelsea that people are seriously asking if and when “The Special One” will be fired. Mourinho has never been under so much pressure before and it seems to be affecting him, as he is becoming more paranoid by the day.
Meanwhile, at Liverpool there is a feel good factor with the arrival of new manager Jurgen Klopp. The new coach has got the team playing with a much higher tempo, though they still look short upfront.
Chelsea are unbeaten in their last eight EPL and cup games against Liverpool (W4, D4), but the Blues are in their worst form for years and with Liverpool welcoming back striker Christian Benteke they might actually have the firepower to hurt Chelsea.
However, I do not expect Liverpool to be too adventurous and expect this to be a draw.
Crystal Palace v Manchester United
Crystal Palace lost 1-0 away to Leicester last week and were then thumped 5-1 away to Man City in the League Cup midweek, to make it three losses on the trot for the Eagles.
Manchester United dropped to fourth place in EPL after a dull draw to neighbors Manchester City last weekend. The Red Devils were pedestrian in their passing and lacked any bite in their attack, and were the same midweek in their defeat by Middlesbrough in the League Cup.
Crystal Palace have never beaten Manchester United in the EPL, but they have pace down the wings and full-backs that overlap, which could cause United’s full-backs – who are usually isolated in defense – all sorts of problems
However, the Eagles have the second worst home record in the EPL at the moment losing six of their last nine EPL home games and I think this will be number seven.
Manchester City v Norwich
Manchester City played at a dour draw away to neighbors Manchester United last week. Many expected City to go to Old Trafford and boss the game, especially after they had thumped a couple of teams in their previous games, but they looked happy to play for a draw and in the end were a bit lucky they didn’t lose.
Norwich lost 1-0 at home to West Brom last week to make it three losses on the trot. The Canaries have conceded 12 goals in the process, and are now without a win in their last five games.
City have scored 18 goals in the four games they have played at the Eithad in all competitions this month, and when you combine that with the fact they have scored 27 goals in their last seven Premier League games against Norwich, including a 7-0 victory in November 2013 which equalled the Canaries’ club record defeat, I think it is fair to say it looks like there can only be one winner in this game.
Newcastle v Stoke
Newcastle dropped to 19th in the EPL after losing 3-0 to neighbors Sunderland in the Tyne-Wear Derby. The Magpies were playing well in the game, but were rocked by a harsh penalty and sending-off of captain Colocicini and never recovered.
The FA has since overturned Coloccini’s red card, meaning he will be eligible to face Stoke, but that is of little conciliation to Newcastle who looked good for at least a draw, if not more at Sunderland.
Stoke suffered a shock defeat at home to Watford last week, but bounced back midweek with a win over Chelsea in the League Cup.
Newcastle have made one of their worst starts to an EPL campaign winning just one of their league games so far this season (W1, D3, L6), but they have improved in recent weeks and I expect them to just edge this one.
Swansea v Arsenal
Swansea got their first win in five games with a 2-1 victory away to Aston Villa. Andre Ayew scored the winner to net his fifth goal of the campaign and is already looking like he could be one of the signings of the season.
Arsenal continued their good form with a good 2-1 win at home over Everton. However, they lost midweek in the League Cup to Sheffield Wednesday with Alex Oxlande-Chamerlaine and Theo Walcott both picking up injuries.
Swansea did the double over Arsenal last season and are undefeated in their last three EPL meeting with the Gunners. Arsenal are in terrific form, but with an all important Champions League game away to Bayern Munich awaiting them, they may rest a few of their star performers and that’s why I’ll go for a draw in this game.
Watford v West Ham
Watford won their third game of the season with a 2-0 away win to Stoke. The Wasp have only scored eight goals so far this term – the joint lowest in the EPL – but they also have not conceded many either.
West Ham continued their great start to the season with a 2-1 win at home to Chelsea. The Hammers had won only once at home before Chelsea’s visit, but put in a tremendous performance to double their home win tally. Andy Carroll came off the bench to score the winner for West Ham, and if he can stay fit he will definitely add something different to the Hammers’ attack.
West Ham currently boast the best away record in the EPL and have only lost once in their last 22 league meeting with Watford, so on paper this should be an easy win for the Hammers. But Watford seem to be quite proficient at stifling their opposition and I think they could do so again.
West Brom v Leicester
West Brom moved up to 10th in the EPL with a 1-0 away at Norwich. The Baggies have found goals hard to come by this season, which is a tad surprising when you look at their forwards, but they have not conceding that many goals either and remain a stubborn side to face in the EPL.
Leicester’s good run continued with a 1-0 win at home over Crystal Palace. James Vardy was once again on the score sheet- Vardy has scored in his last seven Premier League games – a record bettered by only Daniel Sturridge (eight matches) and Ruud van Nistelrooy (10 matches, on two occasions).
West Brom have won four of their last five ames against Leicester, so they could well become only the second team in the EPL to defeat on the Foxes this campaign. But Leicester keep rising up to the challenges put in front of them season and I think they will edge this one.
Everton v Sunderland
Everton lost 2-1 away to Arsenal last week, but were a tad unlucky not to leave with a draw, as they had a few guilt edged chances. The Toffees are now without a win in their last three EPL games, though their last three games were against Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal.
Sunderland registered their first win of the season with a 3-0 victory over neighbors Newcastle. Sam Allardyce is the new man in charge at Wearside and will no doubt make the Black Cats tough to play against and beat.
Everton have only won one of their last five against Sunerland (D1, L2), but I think they will win this one fairly comfortably.
Southampton v Bournemouth
Southampton earned a good 1-1 draw away to Liverpool last week. Midfielder Sadio Mane scored the Saints’ late goal, but was then harshly sent-off, though he will be eligible to play on Sunday after sitting out midweek in the League Cup.
Bournemouth were thumped 5-1 at home by Tottenham and have won just one of their last seven games in the EPL. The Cherries have conceded 10-goals in their last two EPL games and will need to change their style of play if they want to remain n the top flight.
Southampton have never lost to Bournemoth at home (W7, D4) and I think this will be another easy win.