Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal has urged his Manchester United side to get the all important win against West Ham in tonight’s game.
Manchester city’s draw against Arsenal over the weekend has put their top four hopes in jeopardy only if United capitalise by winning their remaining two games and Van Gaal is wary of the threat the West Ham team poses especially on set pieces
Asked if United can use the emotion of the night against West Ham, Van Gaal said: “Yes it is a big night. I think the players shall feel that also.Tuesday we have to play against an opponent who says goodbye to the stadium. So they won’t want to lose in their own stadium.They have already lost to Man United in the FA Cup match. That is also history. That is not good for us. And West Ham United is a very good team. We have a lot of respect for West Ham. I think it is a historical big club in England and so we don’t want to spoil their party but we need the three points and that is different.”
United will be without Marouane Fellaini, one of the stars of their FA Cup win, and Van Gaal concedes the loss of the Belgium international will make life tougher, especially at set-pieces. “We are normally the smallest team in the Premier League so we always have problems with set plays,” he added.”We have to cope with that and you are right, I can not deny that. It is the first time we are talking about our opponent and not about my sacking! Thank you, thank you for that.Yes. I am very worried about that. I am always organising. We always have a meeting about that – every game – and it also takes a long time to organise it well.”
Asked about Martial’s fitness,he says “As for Martial’s fitness he added: “We have to wait if his muscle is still tight as I don’t take any risks as he is a very important player. We don’t want a rupture. That is very important for us.”