Liverpool fans should undoubtedly take heart from the latest reports coming out of Old Trafford, where midfielder Marouane Fellaini has hinted that some players have not taken kindly to Louis van Gaal’s strict new regime.
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Everyone here on Merseyside are keeping their fingers crossed that Manchester United’s recent collapse continues up until the end of the season, allowing us to sneak in through the back door and qualify for the Champions League.
United have lost their last three Premier League games without scoring a goal, losing to Chelsea, Everton and West Bromwich Albion. They face a difficult trip to Crystal Palace this afternoon before finishing their season against Arsenal and Hull City.
The Reds, who are currently four points adrift of our rivals in fifth place, take on Premier League champions Chelsea tomorrow before finishing our season against Palace and Stoke City.
Speaking this week, Fellaini revealed that the United boss fines his players if they are as much as one minute late for lunch. In quotes taken by the Daily Mirror, he says: “He blew a fuse the other day when a group of 10 of us were one minute late for lunch after training.
“You think one minute is nothing and it wasn’t for training, but for the canteen. For him it’s important though. He dished out a few fines. That’s what happens to late-comers and even for a red card. You get fined, too, for a bad foul.
“We do practically the same exercises each week. Next season we will be a machine. At the moment, we are running it in. There is intensity and people get stuck in. Players limp about, but there is never a foul. There is no referee.”