It might be wrong to ask all Manchester United fans to come down from Cloud Nine following the heroics their side produced during the Manchester derby last weekend, but I’m going to do it anyway.
There’s still plenty of work to be done at the top of the table if the Red Devils are to achieve their seasonal goal of qualifying for next season’s Champions League, and though City were swept aside with relative ease tough challenges lie ahead.
Of course in the aftermath of such a historic victory - one that proves Van Gaal’s men are back amongst the big boys for good - there was always going to be a windfall of news, so we here at GiveMeSport have dedicated the best part of an hour to sourcing it for you.
If it’s at all possible, forget talk of a late charge for the Premier League title and feast upon the news in the here and now, as detailed below.
Marouane Fellaini looks to have put his torrid start to life at Old Trafford well and truly behind him and the praise can’t come any thicker nor faster. That’s why it’s only right that we start with comments made by Wayne Rooney that affirm the idea that the big Belgian is the man of the moment for the Red Devils.
When asked about his teammate’s impact Rooney said that Fellaini was the ‘best in the world’ when it came to bringing the ball down, high praise indeed considering the abuse the 27-year-old was subjected to during his first term with his current club.
"We like to play out from the back and if teams are pressing us then we have him as an option," Rooney said.
"He is probably the best in world football at bringing the ball down and getting us out of that pressure and further up the pitch."
No Bale move
Moving on it’s been virtually confirmed that United won’t be landing Gareth Bale this summer, with Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane stating that no exit will be organised by Los Blancos for the Welshman. Bale has struggled at times this campaign despite impressing during his maiden season, and United have been linked with a blockbuster bid as a result.
Yet Van Gaal may well have to turn his attentions elsewhere as he looks to strengthen his squad ahead of a predicted European conquest. One would expect Zidane to be in the know on such matters and the Frenchman thinks it’s a no-go.
Last but not least Old Trafford hero Eric Cantona has picked the player he believes is the best in the world and, shock horror, it’s not Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo. In fact it’s not even the other usual suspects - see Sergio Aguero, Andres Iniesta, Neymar and Bale - it’s none other than Paris Saint-Germain star Javier Pastore.
We’re not quite sure if Cantona’s been spending some time frequenting suspect cafes in Amsterdam, if you get our meaning, but we certainly don’t agree.