Manchester United's Jesse Lingard a doubt for Leicester City clash
Dec 01 2015
Wayne Rooney says misfiring Manchester United should follow the example of record-chasing Jamie Vardy in their summit meeting with surprise Premier League leaders Leicester on Saturday. "I can imagine that fans are saying that this is ridiculous, they have difficulties to score, but that is a short-term thought", Van Gaal said. Otherwise he is out of the team.
United mustn't fall into the trap set by Leicester. United supporters are desperate for attacking football but if Van Gaal's side were to adopt a wanton offensive style then Vardy would be given free rein to run at an isolated United defence on the counter.
"He was already a very nasty player for us past year", he told reporters. Scoring and breaking the record against United would no doubt increase interest in Vardy, but the player has not been fazed by any of the attention he has attracted in recent weeks. Vardy is like Van Nistelrooy - highly concentrated to make goals and always running in behind.
The focus has been on Vardy during his remarkable run and Ranieri feels it has been ideal for the 28-year-old. The eight-goal thriller between the two sides will certainly live long in the memory, but it is United who have dominated this fixture over the years with 10 wins from the past 11 league games.
One of the reasons Danny Welbeck was allowed to leave for Arsenal last season was because Van Gaal was excited at the progress of Wilson, and saw the teenager being a more prolific back-up at the time to Rooney and Robin van Persie.
"Then, you are a great player". "I only know Dennis Bergkamp, as aplayer with me, who did the same with Ajax". It's not so easy to do that. Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez have a combined 20 PL goals this season, more than Manchester United's entire team (19).
"Obviously Jamie is doing really well and we're very happy to support him with his goal streak and he's helping us". With such strong foundations, the team should be performing better, rather than just relying on 19-year-old Anthony Martial to do something inspiring.
Their 19 goals in 13 league games is the lowest total in the top seven and their struggles in front of goal are threatening to undermine their hopes of winning a first trophy since 2013.
United's failure to score against Championship side Middlesbrough saw Louis van Gaal's side go out of the League Cup on penalties last month and, potentially more seriously, another blank on Wednesday against PSV Eindhoven could prove costly to their Champions League prospects.
It is also unlikely to concern the Stocksbridge Park Steels striker, who is launching his own V9 academy to give non-League players the chance to follow in his footsteps, that a January move to a club such as Chelsea or United could threaten his place in England manager Roy Hodgson's Euro 2016 squad.