Sunday, March 1, 2015

Jones available for Swans trip

The England international was withdrawn in the early stages of the win over Burnley at Old Trafford with a knee problem but is available for selection at the weekend after missing the FA Cup victory at Preston North End on Monday. Robin van Persie also sat out the Deepdale encounter but, as expected, is in contention to return to the side in attack at a ground where he scored twice last term. The only absentee from the squad for the journey to Wales is Michael Carrick with the midfielder likely to return to training next week.
"They [Jones and van Persie] are fit to play," Louis van Gaal informed MUTV. "Only Carrick is still injured. I think he shall train with the group next week. I expect that, but you never know. You’ll have to wait and see." Van Gaal expects an encounter that is easy on the eye at the Liberty Stadium as Garry Monk's team have forged a good reputation for their style of play. "Swansea are a very good team," he added. "I like to see them playing. They want to play football. They want to make the game a passing game like we do, so I like that kind of football. I hope it shall be a match like that."

Friday, February 20, 2015

Marcos Rojo: I'm immersed in Manchester United

In an exclusive interview with MUTV, last summer's signing from Sporting Lisbon reflected on his time at Old Trafford so far and declared life could not be better in Manchester. “From the moment I arrived I've been immersed in the club, the history and the way the manager wants us to play,” said Rojo. "It's my first season here and I think I've fitted in well. I'm delighted with how quickly I've settled in." The Argentinian has impressed recently, after his early months with United were punctuated by injury. But Rojo won't rest and he has identified areas for personal development. “I know I have to improve a lot of things. I need to get to know the league better and our opponents' characteristics. I’m working hard to do that." A tough, determined and unflappable performer, Rojo’s performances have played a big part in helping the Reds establish one of the best defensive records in the Barclays Premier League. The 24-year-old has enjoyed the challenges he has faced thus far and says he will continue to take future tests in his stride. “I don’t get nervous really," he said. "Maybe there are some nerves every now and again before the game, but once I'm out there on the pitch, they disappear.”