Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

IT'S MAKE OR BREAK TIK TI ME ; PREVIEW MK DONS V UNITED CAPITAL ONE CUP

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

IT'S MAKE OR BREAK TIK TI ME ; PREVIEW MK DONS V UNITED CAPITAL ONE CUP

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Mancunian striker Welbeck, for one, UNITED'S visit to Milton Keynes could be a shop window or a sales pitch to Louis van Gaal for the Reds' fringe players.

It is clear already that the manager's muchvoiced 'philosophy' is claiming victims among the Old Trafford ranks.

Mancunian striker Danny Welbeck, for one, appears not to have impressed LVG with his ability to adapt to the style he is determined to enforce at United.

Though the Dutchman gave a non-committal response to questions over whether or not the England striker has been told he can leave his boyhood idols, there is no doubt that Welbeck is on a tightrope.

If he hasn't already been privately informed his United days are over then there may still be a window of opportunity to prove to the United boss that he can learn to conform to the new ideas. Certainly Welbeck's pace and ability to unsettle Sunderland at the Stadium of Light and get behind their backline better than anyone else in his half-hour spell as substitute, suggests that all might not quite be lost for him at his dream club. And that may see Van Gaal being more flexible in his thinking. Shinji Kagawa might have a similar slither of hope as he contemplates how he has plummeted from Sir Alex Ferguson's big-money capture from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2012 to a virtual outcast under LVG.

The Reds boss was fairly brutal in his answer to a question at Sunderland as to why the Japanese international, who was on the bench, was overlooked for a central midfield role in favour of Adnan Januzaj when Darren Fletcher was brought off in the second half.

Kagawa had clearly blown his chance on the tour of the America.

"Kagawa I have tried to play him in that position in the USA and he could not fulfil my wishes, my philosophy," said van Gaal.

"We have spoken about it. …

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