31-Year-Old Man Utd Star Reveals Leicester Post Mortem

Manchester United star Robin van Persie has revealed that the club’s players held  thorough post mortem after their 5-3 defeat to Leicester City last weekend, as reported by the Daily Star.

The Dutch international forward saw his team slump from a 3-1 lead to a 5-3 loss, conceding four goals without any reply from the Old Trafford club.

Van Persie’s first season at Man Utd saw them win the Premier League title, but it has been downhill from there for the ex-Arsenal man.

The prolific forward was a key part of David Moyes’s side as they fell to a seventh placed finish in the league last season, missing out on the Champions League as a result.

Van Persie has also been heavily involved since Louis van Gaal’s reign in charge of the club began, and the Dutch coach has only managed one win thus far since arriving.

It is therefore understandable that one of the club’s more veteran players was involved in a meeting, and the striker praised the discussion, saying: “It’s the right way forward as you have to speak about the good things you do but also in the areas you can improve, which is what we did the next day.

“Everyone came in and we had a long meeting about the game. It was a really good meeting as everyone spoke up and shared their feelings.

“We’ve had a good few sessions now and everyone’s feeling very positive now ahead of the game against West Ham.

“Everyone’s on the same page.”

Everton Boss Reveals Liverpool Psychological Fears

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has admitted that his side possess fears going into this weekend’s Merseyside derby against Liverpool, as reported by the Daily Star.

The Goodison Park club have an unfortunate record at the home of their biggest rivals, with the Toffees having not won against the Reds in the last 15 years.

It was hoped that Martinez’s appointment would change that fact, but Liverpool managed a staggering 4-0 win at Anfield last season, the heaviest loss Everton have suffered since their last win.

In fact, their last win at Anfield came on September 27, 1999, when they managed a 1-0 victory.

Tomorrow’s clash between the two sides falls on the same date, which could be a good omen for the blue half of Liverpool.

Martinez is hoping that could be a boon, but also said: “I think the psychology is a very important point because if you look at the stats, 15 years without a win at Anfield then it needs to be a bit more than football.

“It can’t always be a football reason why you haven’t won a game over that period.

“So I’ll accept that, but I think the psychology of the group, we are ready to go anywhere.

“I’m not highlighting Anfield as a place we don’t look forward to.

“I think the mentality of the group is to go anywhere and focus on our performance.

“Will be it be a difficult game? Of course.

 

“They are in a position where they need to perform well at home and get points, but I don’t see that psychologically we are not ready to go to Anfield and be ourselves.

“But if you look back over the last 15 years, there could be a question mark, it’s more than football issues that are in a football game to dictate the scoreline.”

 

Last season’s win was the inspiration behind Liverpool’s unlikely charge to second place, with the Anfield club also challenging for the title.

Everton narrowly missed out on the Champions League places in the last weeks of the season.

Leeds Defensive Stalwart Praises Coach’s Decision For Brentford

Leeds United captain Jason Pearce has praised Darko Milanic’s decision to keep the team relatively unchanged for the away clash with Brentford on Saturday, as reported by BBC Radio Leeds.

The club has been undefeated for the last four games, when they were coached by caretaker Neil Redfearn.

During those four games, Leeds managed three victories, with their only draw coming away from home against Birmingham City.

Elsewhere, they beat Bolton at home 1-0. They followed the Birmingham clash with a 3-1 win against Bournemouth on the south coast, before returning to Elland Road and romping to a huge 3-0 win against West Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield Town.

Understandably, Pearce is happy to hear the news that the new coach, who was unveiled to the fans on Wednesday, will not make heavy changes, as he told the Slovenian press yesterday.

The captain said: “We feel like we’ve got that winning mentality and a positive vibe.

“I think anyone would be silly to make radical changes.”

Leeds could climb into the play off positions on Saturday with a win, assuming results elsewhere go their way.