Manchester United came from behind to beat German bundesliga side, Wolfsburg 2-1 in their second champions league game for the season at the Old Trafford on Wednesday night.
United were somewhat unconvincing as they registered their first Group B points with the win, having to come from behind after Daniel Caligiuri’s fourth-minute strike and then, following Juan Mata’s penalty and a Chris Smalling goal, hanging on towards the end.
To ensure his players are fully recharged for Sunday’s title showdown at Arsenal, van Gaal has given his players Friday off to recover.
Mata now has an assist and goal in each of his last two games.
“We have everything in our own hands and that is very important”, van Gaal said.
Morgan Schneiderlin believes Manchester United are beginning to silence the doubters who criticised their style of play at the start of the season.
“I take all the decisions”, he said when asked by a journalist if he had discussed the matter with Rooney.
Manager Louis van Gaal was adamant United have a “realistic” chance of winning the competition, when asked earlier this week.
“When we play like we did (on Tuesday), with that lack of concentration and discipline, then we have got no chance”.
“I am so sorry for Özil he was missing, he did not do anything,” Karembeu said on BT Sport after the Arsenal v Olmypiakos game.
“We’ll have to be ready for that – we know in the Champions League there are no easy games and they are a hard team to face”.
The Reds head into this weekend’s blockbuster on the back of an excellent comeback victory over Wolfsburg in the Champions League, while Arsenal are reeling from a shock 3-2 defeat to Olympiacos that has provided a hammer blow to their European aspirations.
“Not many players are actually team players but he is always thinking of the team, and he can play in a lot of positions”.
“But in the first half I was very pleased”.
“But after that it was not good any more, which is remarkable because keeping possession is something we have done very well for the last five or six matches”. I take that challenge so it’s also dependent on your character, what do you want?