Manchester United boss refuses to rule out Premier League title charge

first_imgManchester United manager Louis van Gaal believes the 1-0 win at arch-rivals Liverpool can re-ignite their Barclays Premier League title challenge.Wayne Rooney’s 78th-minute strike – the visitors’ only shot on target at Anfield – settled a game low on quality and chances.It left United within seven points of leaders Arsenal and Van Gaal has not ruled out a late charge for the summit.“We have a lot of matches still to go,” said the Dutchman.“We started 2016 very good with a lot of wins and I think this game will give a big boost to the players and the fans, and everyone in the environment of Manchester United.“We have to continue, which is not so easy. We have seen that today but we can do it because we show every week we can do it.”Asked whether it was his best day of the season, Van Gaal added: “No, I don’t think so. You have to see it always in perspective.“It is a fantastic win for the fans, for me and the players and it will give us a boost, and maybe in that perspective you are right.“There are matches we have played much better than today, and in that perspective I can’t say it is a good day because Liverpool were the better team in the first half and normally we are dominating games.“I have to admit we survived the first half because Liverpool were more aggressive, we could not create anything.“They have created in the first half three chances and that was surviving, but to beat Liverpool is always important.“When I see this game then I think we can still improve but it was still good enough to win at Liverpool away.”The fact United were able to leave Anfield with three points was largely down to David de Gea, who was by far the busier goalkeeper.However, although the Spain international was named man of the match, Van Gaal saw nothing but De Gea’s usual high standards.“He is always reaching a very high level so I am very happy, but I cannot say that today he has done a lot,” he said.“He has stopped the balls that he had to stop. Maybe the one with one hand (from Emre Can in the second half), maybe but I think he has to save it. I think a goalkeeper has to do it.“I demand it and I demand it also of the players. That is why he is playing for Manchester United.” 1 Louis van Gaal last_img read more


first_imgSinn Féin Councillor Gary Doherty has called for increased cooperation between training bodies in Ireland and their counterparts in the UK and beyond. Cllr Doherty says that the certificates awarded in Ireland by FETAC in conjunction with bodies such as Solas are not being recognised by employers in Britain.Cllr Doherty said “I have been contacted by numerous people who are very concerned at the situation at present. These people are struggling to find work to feed their families. They are being forced to go to the UK to look for work in the construction industry which is still moving in parts of Britain. “They are doing courses in Ireland to get the relevant certificates to work on site, however on attaining employment in the UK they are being told they don’t have the relevant accreditation to work and are being turned away. This is not acceptable.”To work on a construction site in Ireland you must do a Construction Skills Certificate Scheme or CSCS which entitles you to a FETAC award, otherwise known as the ‘Safe Pass’.Cllr Doherty says he has heard reports of men turning up for work in London, Liverpool and Aberdeen with the safe pass only to be told it is not recognised in the UK.“I am also aware that other Irish certificates such as the MEWP or Mobile Elevated Work Platform certificate which allows work on cherry pickers and cranes etc. is not recognised by British employers. “I am calling for Solas and the Education and Training Boards to liaise with their counterparts in the Construction Industry Training Board in the UK to overcome this problem. I see no reason why Irish certificates cannot be accepted in Britain so it boils down to a simple lack of communication. It is certainly unfair for people to pay for training courses in Ireland only to find their tickets aren’t worth the paper they are printed on in England.He concluded “It is a big enough decision for these people to leave their families to go to work across the water, we cannot allow the situation to continue where they are then being turned away from work because we haven’t ensures that our qualifications are recognised outside Ireland.” CONCERN THAT DONEGAL CONSTRUCTION WORKERS NOT COVERED BY ‘SAFEPASS’ OVERSEAS was last modified: March 11th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CLLR GARY DOHERTYCONSTRUCTION WORKERSdonegalSAFEPASSlast_img read more