Manchester United were far from great during their 1-0 victory over Newcastle United last night, but they managed to get there in the end courtesy of Tim Krul’s late foul-up.
The match itself wasn’t all that brilliant to watch, but it certainly generated a host of news topics virtue of Jonny Evans and Papiss Cisse’s spitting war and the frequent magnificence of David de Gea. If you’re a United fans it’s fair to say you won’t be overly enamoured with Louis van Gaal’s approach to matches, but whilst the points keep rolling in it’s difficult to complain.
Alas, I digress. Following on from last night’s victory at St. James’ Park, here’s your daily dose of United-related headlines.
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Van Gaal's high praise
We’ve already touched upon how good De Gea was, yet again, during the game, but Van Gaal has gone one better - not that his opinion matters more than ours, of course - and hailed the young stopper as having been ‘unbelievable’ this term. The Dutchman also hinted that he was more impressed with him than he was when he coached both Edwin van der Sar and Victor Valdes earlier in his career.
"David De Gea, this year, is unbelievable," said Van Gaal, according to Sky Sports.
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"In my career I have a lot of good goalkeepers, for example Edwin van der Sar was one of my goalkeepers and (Victor) Valdes also with Barcelona, but De Gea is having a great season”
That’s high praise indeed considering just how good Van der Sar and Valdes were and have been in the game, but the 63-year-old will have to work hard to ensure De Gea doesn’t leave Old Trafford in the summer. With Real Madrid on the prowl for their next Galactico they’ve been heavily linked with a swoop and more often than not what Florentino Perez wants, Florentino Perez gets.
Evans and spit-gate
Next up there’s an update to the storm surrounding Evans’ and Cisse’s involvement in spit-gate. Today reports insinuate that both men could face lengthy bans if found guilty of spitting at one another, which they appeared to do after colliding in the match last night. If that scenario does play out it certainly won’t bode well for Evans’ future, with Van Gaal already expected to complete an overhaul of his back-line when the summer transfer window rolls around.
In transfer news United have handed a trial to 15-year-old goalkeeper Thomas Kucz, who is also on the radar at Liverpool. Yesterday afternoon it became apparent that the Red Devils will give the starlet a week to impress in Manchester, and he may get a permanent contract if he does well.