After the weird victory over Wolfsburg last night - part impressive, part rubbish - Louis van Gaal has correctly said that should Manchester United want to win the Champions League, they will have to improve. Sloppy defending and poor ball retention gave Wolfsburg a goal, and a reason to hope later in the match. Better players would help, but focus is something that can be found in any player, regardless of talent and technique. That story's in the Guardian.
Juan Mata helped United to victory last night with an exceptional, and exceptionally fortunate, flick into the path of Chris Smalling for the winner. Nevertheless, Van Gaal has demanded more from the winger. Given Mata's attitude, happy to apply himself for the team, it's probably the right method of motivation. You can read about that on ESPNFC.
The Newcastle Chronicle has linked Manchester United to Aaron Collins, of Newport County. The teenage striker is rumoured to be interesting plenty of other clubs, including Newcastle United, but United presumably have a slight advantage after signing his former team-mate Regan Poole in the last transfer window.
The Telegraph say that Manchester United need to make more of their chances. Yep, impossible to disagree. It'll be hard to do that while Wayne Rooney continues to stink up the place.
Van Gaal has started complaining about fatigue on his players, with the league cup and European competition filling up the weekdays now. He's the same manager who sold loads of players and trimmed the squad to a minimum, so it's impossible to have sympathy. He simply hasn't bought enough replacements, or given young players their chance. If United struggle with this, it is his own fault. That's in the Daily Mail.