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MAN UTD v CITY: OPPOSITION VIEW

17 December 2015

MANCHESTER UNITED
 
Nickname: The Red Devils
Manager: Louis van Gaal
2014-15: 4th
Ground: Old Trafford

VAN GAAL ON SATURDAY
Manchester United will need to be at their best to turn their poor form around, according to manager Louis van Gaal.

Speaking after the loss at Bournemouth extended United's winless run to five, van Gaal said: "We have to train, we have to prepare for Norwich City and we have to beat them.



"That is our aim and purpose but it is, of course, more difficult when you lose two times in a row.

"We have to put the heads up again and believe in ourselves because that is also very important. We have to prepare for this match in the same way as we always do."

STAR PLAYER
David de Gea has bounced back from a summer transfer saga to be one of his team's shining lights so far this season.

The Spanish goalkeeper was heavily linked with a return to Real Madrid in his homeland, who released a statement revealing that they came within two minutes of securing a deal on deadline day.



De Gea has since regained the number one jersey at United, however, on the back of signing a bumper four-year contract in September.

He has kept nine cleansheets up to now, claiming early in the campaign that he was in 'the best form his career'.

LAST TIME OUT
United were punished by one of their Academy graduates last weekend as they were beaten 2-1 by newly-promoted Bournemouth.

Joshua King, who left Old Trafford in 2013 having failed to make a league appearance for the Red Devils, scored the winning goal for the hosts at the Vitality Stadium.



Marouane Fellaini had drawn Louis van Gaal's team level after Junior Stanislas put Bournemouth ahead direct from a second-minute corner.

King's strike from Matt Ritchie's set-piece, however, inflicted upon United their first league defeat since the beginning of October as they lost ground in the title chase.

THE SQUAD
Goalkeepers: David de Gea, Sergio Romero, Sam Johnstone, Victor Valdes.

Defenders: Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Chris Smalling, Luke Shaw, Guillermo Varela, Paddy McNair, Matteo Darmian, Axel Tuanzebe, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson.

Midfielders
: Juan Mata, Michael Carrick, Daley Blind, Ashley Young, Ander Herrera, Nick Powell, Antonio Valencia, Marouane Fellaini, Morgan Schneiderlin, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Jesse Lingard, Andreas Pereira, Sean Goss.

Attackers
: Memphis Depay, Anthony Martial, Wayne Rooney (c), Marcus Rashford.



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