Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal admits he still doesn’t know Anthony Martial’s best position

first_img Louis van Gaal has confessed his concern over the current form of Manchester United, and has admitted that he is still unsure over Anthony Martial’s best position. 1 Louis van Gaal has confessed his concern over the current form of Manchester United, and has admitted that he is still unsure over Anthony Martial’s best position.It’s now three games that the Red Devils have failed to score after they drew 0-0 with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.And frustration very much remains over van Gaal’s attacking choices.Martial, signed for a potential £58million in the summer transfer window, again started on the left wing to allow Wayne Rooney to start up front – a decision that has predictably been met with criticism, as United failed to impress in the final third.“Of course (I’m concerned),” van Gaal said. “But when you are not creating so many chances I cannot complain.“After Middlesbrough (on Wednesday) we had created a lot of chances to finish, and then it is more concerning, but nevertheless today we had chances we could finish and then you win this game. That is our history until now, we have to improve that.“It was obvious that Crystal Palace started very well, they won every second or third ball and kept the pressure on us. The chance Ander Herrera had in the first half, you have to finish. We didn’t finish that.“In the second half, Palace were maybe more aggressive than the first half. We don’t develop our positional game and then you cannot create chances, you keep always the pressure on our goal. “(But) I cannot see that (United’s players) are lacking confidence. When I see their characters I don’t think they doubt their quality. It can change in one match.“We don’t know (Martial’s best position) yet because he played always in Monaco as a left winger; as manager I have to see what is the best balance in the team.“That’s not so simple, so I have to decide every week dependable on the game plan and qualities of opponent, and so on. In Monaco he played more or less always on the left wing.”last_img read more

MS Dhoni does not need any back-up in World Cup, Navdeep Saini my 4th seamer: Harbhajan

first_imgRishabh Pant or Dinesh Karthik as back-up for MS Dhoni for the 2019 Cricket World Cup? This decision is likely to weigh heavily on the Indian selectors’ minds when they meet with Virat Kohli to pick the World Cup squad but Harbhajan Singh reckons neither Pant nor Karthik has a place in the squad of 15.The Indian selection committee will meet on Monday to name the 15-man squad for the World Cup and Rishabh Pant is likely to win a berth but Harbhajan Singh said India should instead look at extra bowling options.Harbhajan, who is currently playing the 2019 Indian Premier League for Chennai Super Kings with MS Dhoni, said a back-up for Dhoni would be a waste of resources.”It’s not that Dhoni does not have niggles. Playing cricket with him I know he has some back issues but with his experience, he knows how to play with all that,” Harbhajan told India Today.”I don’t think you need any backup for Dhoni unless he suffers from any major injury during the World Cup. In case of any minor niggle, you do have KL Rahul in the squad who can keep,” Harbhajan said.”I know there is talk about Rishab Pant’s X factor but it appears the team management is convinced with Vijay Shankar to start as no.4. You could have gone with Ambati Rayudu but he has perhaps lost form recently which peg him back. KL Rahul would be my back-up batsman in the squad,”.This will be a long World Cup and the format of the tournament will be demanding especially after the Indian Premier League where all of India’s top stars are currently involved.advertisementKL Rahul is almost a certainty and Harbhajan Singh said he could don the wicketkeeping gloves in case MS Dhoni had to sit out with an injury. Dhoni has complained of a back spasm and conceded his back was a little tight after CSK’s victory over Kolkata Knight Riders.Harbhajan backs Navdeep Saini for World Cup squad Navdeep Saini has impressed with his pace in IPL 2019 ( Courtesy by BCCI)Instead, Harbhajan said India would do well to look at Ravindra Jadeja as back-up to Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav and Navdeep Saini who has impressed not only on the placid Bengaluru pitches in the IPL but has also done well in domestic cricket.”Jadeja is perhaps the best fielder in the side. He can also bat and I would want a back up spinner for Chahal and Kuldeep, if one of them were to suffer an unfortunate injury for a week or two. You need a fourth specialist seamer in England too and Navdeep Saini would be my pick.”Not just because he has bowled well in IPL which in itself is creditable in Bangalore’s batting friendly wickets but also because he has won Ranji matches in the past, so he comes with domestic experience,” he said.Also Read | David Warner, Steve Smith back in Australia squad for 2019 World CupAlso Read | KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant await World Cup fateAlso See:last_img read more