Manchester United round-up: Van Gaal explains Juan Mata needs rest


Manchester United fans, hello and welcome.

The week is almost over but the gravy train of breaking news and information never really grinds to a halt.

Today we’ve got plenty of interesting topics to mull over. Read on below for more and watch the video above if you’re just downright lazy.

Mata explanation

United would have benefited from the playmaking wizardry of Juan Mata during their draw with CSKA Moscow last night, but Louis van Gaal has revealed just why he dropped the Spaniard to the bench.

The Dutchman told how he believed Mata was in need of a rest having been an ever-present in the starting XI so far this campaign.

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“I have to rotate. Mata has played almost every game. He needs a bit of a rest,” LVG said.

The midfielder was replaced at half-time during the 3-0 victory over Everton at the weekend, but it would appear that has absolutely nothing to do with his form. As a result, he should be fit for the Manchester derby this weekend.

Scholes on Rooney

Moving on, Paul Scholes has had his say on what will make Wayne Rooney better, and he thinks it’s pace.


The former Old Trafford midfielder defended his old teammate, who hasn’t been in the best vein of form, stating that he needed quick movement around him. Let us know in the comments box below if you agree.

Schneiderlin hails Martial

Lastly, Anthony Martial has plenty of fans but one he’ll treasure more than most is teammate and international compatriot Morgan Schneiderlin.

Schneiderlin hailed Martial for his mental maturity after bouncing back from giving away a penalty against CSKA Moscow to score the winning goal for his side. Zero to hero? You bet.

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