Manchester United were made to pay for a 26th-minute red card to Juan Mata at West Bromwich Albion, who won 1-0 thanks to Salomon Rondon’s 66th minute strike at The Hawthorns.
The Baggies claimed a 1-0 win over 10-man United at the Hawthorns – their first home league win over the Red Devils in 32 years .
United dropped three points behind fourth-place Manchester City in the race for Champions League qualification and is now only three ahead of Liverpool, which has won three straight league games for the first time in a year.
The Dutchman, speaking after the match, says he was not happy about Mata’s two first half bookings, which saw referee Mike Dean send him off in the 26th minute.
He said: “it’s a big blow,”We have played 60 minutes with 10 versus 11, and this is the fifth match in 14 days,” “It’s very difficult to play against 11 players (in this situation). I think it’s the reason why we lost.”
Mata collected his first booking for blocking a quickly taken free kick, a decision Van Gaal described as “stupid.”
“This match also has an influence on the next match so for us it is very bad, a bad moment.
“It was in my opinion an unnecessary loss, we don’t deserve to lose. When you see at the end that the chances West Bromwich Albion had in comparison with us it is an unnecessary loss.
“His second offence was a foul but is that also always a yellow card? “You saw the first three tackles of West Bromwich Albion to our players – no yellow cards. But thereferee gave two yellow cards in five minutes to the same person.”
The result moved West Brom to 39 points, which should secure their premiership status for another season, and United on 6th with 47 points hoping to qualify for Europe biggest competition.
How PSG are plotting United “coup” with David De Gea
It is no longer news that French Ligue 1 outfit Paris Saint Germain are keen on the signature of Spanish international and Man United stopper David De Gea ahead of the coming season.
David De Gea has since been linked to a number of clubs especially after he declared his intention to leave the club and refused to sign a new contract.
The Spanish goalkeeper is known to be a very important player in the Man United team but he is reported to be annoyed at the club since the reign of former manager Jose Mourinho and he is yet to recover from it.
In a bid to keep him at the club, the Red Devils have triggered a clause in the contract of the former Atletico Madrid goalkeeper which permits them to extend his contract by another 12 months with the hope that he would be convinced to have a change of heart but that is yet to happen.
However, the recent report hints that PSG have asked David De Gea to run down his contract so that he would be able to leave it when it expires for a mega-deal.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid and PSG are also keen on David De Gea’ signature.
Free Aaron Ramsey flies to Juventus but is yet to join them
The Wales international is now a free player away from the North London outfit Arsenal after failing to agree on a new deal with the club.
He is reported to have agreed on a new deal with the Italian Serie A outfit Juventus on a four-year-deal which means he would be joining them in the course of the summer transfer window.
It is noted that the former Cardiff City midfielder spent over a decade at the Emirates Stadium which leaves him as one of the oldest players in the just concluded season and would definitely be missed.
However, it has been reported that the Wales international has made a trip to Italy to visit his new club but he is yet to resume because he would be a part of the Arsenal team that will partake in the Europa League finals against Chelsea but on the sideline due to his injury.
Meanwhile, the Arsenal team are already seeking a replacement for the Wales international midfielder with a number of names already mentioned for his signature.
Aaron Ramsey was one of Arsenal’s finest midfielders as he helped the club with two FA Cups in his over 350 appearances in the North London.
23-year-old defensive beast is still the answer?
It has been suggested that the interest by the north London outfit Arsenal in the signature of Spanish La Liga outfit Espanyol defender Mario Hermoso during the summer transfer window should be taken seriously.
The Gunners team conceded well over 50 goals in the course of the just concluded season which raises concerns over their ability to hold on to win a title.
This has been identified by manager Unai Emery which is why he is making an attempt to secure the signature of the La Liga star but he has been advised to move in for the deal knowing that he would not be able to challenge for titles without new and quality defenders.
Laurent Koscielny, who suffered a major injury, could not manage to hold on the defence when he eventually joined up while Sokratis Papa has not been convincing to pundits despite giving a good level of performance and it is disturbing that they are in their 30s with age not on their side.
However, Mario Hermoso is only 23 and has gathered a lot of experience as a young player to posses the quality to play at a top level for Arsenal. He has been impressive and has given good displays for Espanyol in the course of last season.
Hope alive as Arsenal could still sign this Ajax star
The North London outfit Arsenal have been tipped to still land Ajax star Hakim Ziyech this summer window as reports claim that they are still in the pole position to achieve that.
Hakim Ziyech has got whole numbers of suitors as Man United, Barcelona and Bayern Munich all seek to land him as soon as the summer transfer window is opened.
It has been suggested that Hakim Ziyech would be an ideal signing for the North London outfit and Unai Emery owing to his style and quality which would be needed at the Emirates Stadium and it is reported that he could be well available for a fee of about £25 million which would be affordable.
The Morocco international was a major part of the Ajax team that eliminated Juventus and Real Madrid out of the UEFA Champions League this season which is the reason why he has got so many suitors.
However, the North London outfit will seek to land Hakim Ziyech as Unai Emery will hope to have a more robust squad ahead of the coming season so as to be able to challenge for titles and hopefully secure qualification to the Champions League with a top-four finish.
Arsenal, United handed major blow in chase of PSG star
The English Premier League duo of Arsenal and Man United have been handed a heavy blow in their chase of French Ligue 1 outfit Paris Saint-German defender Thomas Meunier as the summer transfer window is almost opened.
Thomas Meunier has been impressive for the Ligue 1 outfit but he has just a year left to the end of the season which signals his end as there are fears of losing him for free.
It is claimed that the North London outfit Arsenal are keen on his signature while Man United are also on the standby seeking to snatch him up but the interest from the West London outfit has not been taken seriously.
However, all of the suitors have been dealt a major blow with Thomas Munier insisting that he would not be leaving PSG anytime soon.
He noted that there have been lots of speculations regarding his future but they are all far from the truth because he would not be leaving the French Ligue 1 outfit anytime soon.
This, therefore, leaves the North London outfit and the Red Devils with no other reason other than to look out for more options as they both seek to land a new and quality defender.
Winter window target says he is now ready for move
The North London outfit Arsenal were interested in the signature of Yannick Carrasco in the last January winter transfer window but a deal failed to fall through for reasons that cannot be explained.
Yannick Carrasco left the Spanish La Liga outfit Real Madrid to join Chinese Super League Dalian Yifang but he seems to be tired of the Asian country and seeks a return to Europe with the Gunners as major sultriest.
Admitting that there were interest from the English Premier League clubs for his signature in the last winter transfer window, Yannick Carrasco has now confessed that he would jump at any opportunity to switch to England in the summer transfer window.
He hints that he would have to speak to the club president to be able to push for the move away from the club but stressed that as a professional who is still under a contract with the Chinese side, he would be left with no option than to remain at the club if the request is not granted.
Howbeit, it is unsure if the gunners’ boss Unai Emery will still move in for Yannick Carrasco as he has already hinted that he would continue with the partnership of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Arsenal to swoop for 18-year-old sensation to solve defensive crisis
It would not be out of place to claim that the North London outfit Arsenal are dipped in a defensive crisis especially after they conceded over 50 goals in the close of the just concluded season.
This, therefore, calls for attention as the summer transfer window is close to being opened with manager Unai Emery seeking to land French Ligue 1 outfit Saint-Etienne defender William Saliba to solve the entire crisis in the coming season.
William Saliba is only 18 but he has proven to have big qualities to be able to manage the Arsenal defence in the coming season. As a result of his big show in the French Ligue 1, he has been tipped to be the next Raphael Varane.
The 18-year-old only had his breakthrough to the first team this season with just 16 league appearances to his name but that has been enough to convince most top European sides of his ability on the pitch.
Goal.com, therefore, reports that the Gunners boss Unai Emery has identified William Saliba as one of the players that would be coming in to take charge of the defence in the coming season.
Meanwhile, the Gunners have learned that they will have to face competition from Man United for the signature of William Saliba.
How Guendouzi could help Arsenal meet transfer target
The North London outfit Arsenal have got a target for the summer transfer window to secure quality additions that would be able to add value to the team and also cost less.
However, French Ligue 2 outfit Lorient star Alexis Claude-Maurice has been identified by the Gunners boss Unai Emery to fall within the scope of what is needed at the Emirates Stadium.
It has therefore been suggested that the wish by the Gunners team to land Alexis Claude-Maurice could happen with the influence of Matteo Guendouzi who also left the club about a year ago.
With Danny Welbeck set to leave the Emirates Stadium at the end of the season, the Gunners boss have identified Alexis Claude-Maurice as a better replacement for him and what is most important is the fact that he would cost just £9 million.
The Gunners are obviously not financially capable of competing for big players which is the reason why they are keen on Alexis Claude-Maurice as Unai Emery has already been told that he will only have a budget of £40 million to compete in the summer window.
Matteo Guendouzi is known to be a good friend to Alexis Claude-Maurice and it is suggested that both have been talking about the club which could convince the attacking player to give his nod for a move.
Man United expects one thing form Pogba before move
The speculations linking France international Paul Pogba out of the English Premier League outfit Man United is still unending as the summer transfer window is close to being activated
The former Juventus midfielder is reported to be unhappy at the Old Trafford, hence, seek to leave the club to be able to make his dream move to the Spanish La Liga outfit Real Madrid because of his wish to play under manager Zinedine Zidane.
The latest report has now revealed that the Red Devils will not let go of Paul Pogba unless he is able to present a transfer request to the club.
It is no longer news that the Red Devils management is not willing to let go of the star player despite the heat but manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seems to have given up and will want to build a new team at the Old Trafford.
However, the situation is now left to Paul Pogba to handle and it has been suggested that he should officially push for the move away by submitting a transfer request which will not be rejected by the club.
Meanwhile, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already begun the search for a new replacement for the Worlds Cup winner as he has given up on working with Pogba.
Stoke starlet on his way to the Old Trafford
The emerging report reveals that the English Premier League outfit Man United are on the verge of bringing in Stoke City starlet Nathan Collins as soon as the summer transfer window becomes active.
Former Man United star Darren Fletcher is reported to be the man behind the push for the star player as he has been impressed with Nathan Collins’ performance with just three appearances in the Championship last season.
The Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is known for working with young lads and has admitted the quality of Nathan Collins with the hope that a deal would be agreed on to land the 18-year-old.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is left with no choice than to have a total overhaul of his team especially with the poor showing in the last few games of the just concluded season as he also failed to secure qualification to the Champions League for missing out of the top four teams.
However, the Red Devils boss would be handed a £100 million transfer kitty to engage in the coming summer window to bring in new additions to the team to be able to compete for titles and most importantly, return to the Champions League after next season.
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