Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United will look to bounce back at Everton 1 Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal admits it has been an ‘awful two weeks’, but says he is happy with the reaction from his players.After three straight wins took United to the top of the Premier League, Van Gaal’s men were brought back down to earth with a 3-0 defeat at Arsenal.The Emirates loss made for a long international break for the Dutchman, who has been keen to eradicate errors from his men before the trip to Everton on Saturday.But many members of the squad have since flown around the world during the international period, which has given the manager little time to repair the damage in training.“It is awful when you have such a result,” Van Gaal said. “It has been an awful two weeks.“Before the last international break in September we lost against Swansea. These are awful weeks.“You are constantly thinking about how it happened. You cannot manage it with your players. That is what you have to do as a manager.”The Gunners were 3-0 up inside the opening 20 minutes and the United boss is hoping his side can start quickly this time around.He said: “There are a lot of differences but the big difference was the start of the game.“Arsenal had an accuracy of passes – 96 per cent. Normally Manchester United have that. We have 68 per cent. Our average is 85 per cent or higher, I believe.“That is a big difference. After a quarter it was that we have already 90 per cent. But by then it is already 3-0 and we have lost the game. We have spoken about that. It cannot happen again.”United have not enjoyed recent trips to Goodison Park, having won just twice in their last eight visits, but they are determined to bounce back.Asked how he was feeling ahead of the clash, Van Gaal added: “I have seen the training sessions. I have seen the reaction of my players, so I am confident.”Van Gaal has been provided with a welcome boost ahead of the clash, as captain Wayne Rooney is set to feature after an ankle problem.
Brazil v Croatia Gabriel Jesus to captain Brazil vs Croatia Rupert Fryer 02:19 6/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Getty Brazil v Croatia Croatia Brazil Friendlies The Manchester City forward will become the Selecao’s youngest captain in almost a quarter of a century in a match that will also see Neymar return Gabriel Jesus will captain Brazil at Anfield in Sunday’s Brasil Global Tour clash with Croatia.The Manchester City forward is the last member of Tite’s preferred starting XI yet to have worn the captain’s armband, which has been rotated since the coach’s June 2016 appointment.Gabriel will become the sixth-youngest captain in the Selecao’s history and the youngest since a 1995 friendly draw with Romana, when Ze Elias became Brazil’s youngest ever captain at 19 years and two days-old in a young team that coach Mario Zagallo was preparing for the Olympics. Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Guess who’s back?Tickets pic.twitter.com/EqdxpOFfaC— Brasil Global Tour (@BGT_ENG) June 1, 2018“I was very surprised when I found out but I also already knew that coach Tite demands everyone shows leadership in the national team,” Gabriel said.”Danilo was joking with me and I said told him that if he did not cross the ball to me properly I would give him a dressing down,” he joked. “Today I have the opportunity today to wear a very special shirt and the coach has made it clear that I am a leader of tomorrow.”Effortless – even when they’re trying to make one another mess up pic.twitter.com/giWbe8NoMA— Brasil Global Tour (@BGT_ENG) June 2, 2018Gabriel becomes the 15th captain – in full internationals – since the arrival of Tite, who sidestepped the controversy around Neymar resigning from the role by not appointing a replacement.Dani Alves was thought to be set to inherit the armband for the duration of the World Cup, but his injury means Tite is now likely to continue his policy of rotation.“Daniel Alves was our captain,” said Tite on Saturday of the PSG man who wore the armband the most (4) under the current boss.“He assumed that role in big matches against Germany and England because of his experience. But we’ll keep rotating, of course, with the most experienced players doing it the most.”Training at Anfield on the eve of the game also saw Tite confirm his starting XI, later clarifying that Neymar will make his Brazil return from the bench as he completes his recovery from a foot injury that has kept him out of action since February. Brazil will line-up on Sunday as follows: Alisson; Danilo, Thiago Silva, Miranda, Marcelo; Casemiro; Willian, Paulinho, Fernandinho, Coutinho; Gabriel Jesus.The XI confirms that Thiago Silva has ended a three-year wait to reclaim a first-team role with the Selecao, with Marquinhos dropping out of the side as Tite is keen to introduce a central defender who can start attacking moves by passing out from the back.Brazil face Croatia at Anfield on Sunday at 15:00 local time, before ending their World Cup preparations by taking on Austria on June 10 as the Brasil Global Tour hits Vienna.Follow Brazil’s World Cup preparations by joining us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.