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Van Gaal hasn’t ‘cracked’- Neville

VAN-GAAL-EMIRATESSINGAPORE, February 13- Gary Neville believes Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal hasn’t “cracked” despite showing signs of pressure — and insists he’ll win the Premier League within three years.

Neville, speaking in Singapore ahead of the opening of his Hotel Football project at Old Trafford, said the Dutchman was on track and that criticism was wide of the mark.

A frustrated Van Gaal this week issued a four-page dossier to combat claims United were playing a “long-ball” game, a move seen as a sign that the pressure was starting to tell.

“He’s quite clearly not cracked,” former defender Neville told AFP in an interview.

“He’s an experienced manager, he’s probably just got to the point where he thinks, ‘I’ve had enough, I’m going to bite back a little bit’.

“I didn’t see it as someone who’s cracking, personally. I thought it was something he won’t do again, on the other hand I didn’t think it was so bad.

“But I understand the reaction.”

Neville said United’s league position of third, and with an FA Cup fifth round tie this weekend, showed Van Gaal was on course for a “sensational” debut season after they finished seventh and trophyless last year.

– Rooney ‘never complains’ –

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“I like what he’s done. A lot of people have been criticising him but he’s been pragmatic, he’s changed his style to suit,” Neville said.

“It’s not always been the best football in the world but then what Manchester United need this season is a Champions League finish and then hopefully an FA Cup run and maybe an FA Cup victory. That would be a sensational season.”

He added: “People have been critical because he’s not playing this way or that way (but) it takes time, he’s only been there seven months.”

Neville said he wanted to see former team-mate Wayne Rooney restored to the attack from midfield — but that the England forward would not complain about his new, withdrawn role.

“I played with Wayne for many many years and he’ll play left wing, he’ll play right wing, he’ll play wherever you ask him to play and he never complains,” Neville said.

“He always does the job for the team, he’s a team man.”

He added: “Because of (Van Gaal’s) track record and the fact that there’s been progression already, I think that they will win the league inside three years.

“He’s done it everywhere that he’s been and I’ve got no reason to doubt him.

“The first thing you do when you build a house is put the foundations in. Manchester United are tough to beat… so he’s put in a very good foundation of resilience.

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“The flair, the nice bits, come after, and that’s what I think we’ll see.”

The 133-room Hotel Football, which flanks Old Trafford, is backed by former Manchester United team-mates Neville, his brother Phil, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Nicky Butt, along with Singapore billionaire and Valencia owner Peter Lim.

The football-themed, four-star hotel, with a five-a-side pitch on its roof, opens for business on March 2.

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  1. kijana wa Kitui

    February 16, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Let Kalonzo swallow his own pills. In 2007 he was offered a post of Vice president by ODM and he quitted, then he accepted the same post with PNU. He is a turn coat of the highest order and a disgrace to Kenyan politics, I wonder to which corner now he will run to. He always believes in kupitia kati kati yao, lets read this space BUT I guess this time round he should be prepared to be in the opposition. And this G7 is also made of a bunch of confused elements. The only reasonable party to follow is ODM. 

    • Pratt

      February 17, 2012 at 11:56 am

      You seem to be confused pal. There was no single time Kalonzo was offered vice presidency by Odm. And it could not have happened anyway because Odm never formed any government. Turncoats are those who take the country round in circles pal. Mind you, apart from calling Kalonzo all sorts of names, he is way above thieves who turn around in broad day to deny whats obvious. He is not like real turncoats who were once secretary generals of Kanu and manage to pretend that yester-year Kanu was worse than a banned organization or treason. Turn coats are liars, vengeful, malicious and thrive on character assassinations. Brother Kalonzo is surely none of that! Calling people names for empty sense of insecurity and self-preservation doesnt change the truth pal. And name-calling has its owners. Pal 2007 passed long long time ago and you are still crying? Cant you stop living in the past, is another election year already? By the way, if you expect your idol to benefit from any possible fall-out in G7, you are in for a huge shock. Mudavadi, though quite weak, is likely to become the compromise candidate. That will (not would!) burry your idol six feet under, forever and ever Amen! Your empty pleasure is thus misplaced and totally laced with poison.

  2. Ukwelikamili

    February 17, 2012 at 4:28 am

    Everyone know whom Kalonzo is by now; and the G7 leaders must have fully learned his intetions before deciding to put him on a rough road. Kalonzo’s prayers are always that the Heague proces should slightly delay before they finish the PM and quickly come to active actions to deal with Uhuru and Ruto and allow him a chance to sail smoothly to the high office. As usual, he is good at passing in between. This chap is more than a betrayer. full of evel mind and none sympathizer. 

    • Pratt

      February 17, 2012 at 1:32 pm

      Kalonzo has conducted more civil politics than all the rest combined. He is repeatedly assaulted because of mere jelousy. He never abused anybody, never begged to be favored, never forced for support, never stolen, never corrupt and never killed. And these are very missing things in our todays politicians. Thus, the little jesus has to be crucified to make way for liars, thieves and outright conmen. What are sincerely Kalonzo’s genuine sins, if any, other the seemingly envious vile propaganda meant to deny Kenyans decent leadership? Presidency is not a tribal outfit meant for tribal pride, its our future and future of our children guys!

  3. Njoroge

    February 17, 2012 at 4:50 am

     pita juu yao mzee

  4. Daudiwhiss

    February 17, 2012 at 5:49 am

    what difference does it make to shoot one pirate when the whole ship is sinking?

  5. upuzi tele

    February 17, 2012 at 6:01 am

    Lol! Kalonzo now has to pray hard that Obako drops dead before election time for him to pita kati kati ya Ruto na Uhuru.  

  6. george okewa

    February 17, 2012 at 6:03 am

    okewa george
    come a time that pretenders identities are well know to both the enemies , trusted friend and even to those that were not concerned , mr vice president be contented by being the mp of mwingi, no presidetial appointee  favors any more or passing kati kati

  7. baraza

    February 17, 2012 at 6:11 am

    The ambassador has a generally low opinion of the V-P and his language in describing him is some of the strongest in the cables.

    He, for example, describes Mr Musyoka as ‘‘an opportunist’’ and ‘‘intellectual lightweight’’, who had conceded that he stood no chance of winning the presidency

    • Pratt

      February 17, 2012 at 12:18 pm

      Obviously this ambassador was soaked in merchant of deceit’s stuff. After wickeds lied to him that they were cousins to Barak Obama, what did you expect pal? And same words, minute by minute, are the ones crafted by rapant liars pal! You cant see that? However, you are being selective with the truth. The same ambassador said that your idol was a thief, lazy and worse. He even attempted to suspend ministers to hide his thievery! Whats worse pal, imagined or real situations? Dou you know the same ambassador ran away with some one’s wife? And who told you he had monoploy of truth or you are still having that caged-slave mentality?

      • Keraka79

        February 17, 2012 at 2:07 pm

        You so full of yourself useless idiot abusing pple allover the net.Learn to appreciate bridge building.You even contradict yourself in one paragragh.Look here if you for instance say the ambassador described Kalonzo in not so good terms coz he was soaked in merchants of deceit stuff who had cheated him to be cousins to Obama,why else would he go ahead and dismiss the same merchants of deceit(Sic) u r paranoid.

  8. Pratt

    February 17, 2012 at 6:25 am

    I dont want to believe brother Hon. Ruto and Hon. Uhuru are so naive to operate on mere pretence. And worse,
    to be blown off by opponent’s malicious propaganda. First, it must be noted that Kalonzo has no powers to fire anybody. He is also not supposed to tear up his party at this late hour to please his brothers. Ruto knows only too well party matters are not child’s play. Only the otther day he failed to take over UDM. That failure no doubt affected his political standing. Many of his followers who believed he was unassailable are totally disappointed. Uhuru on his part, has made pronouncements that were quickly twisted by Odm to mean he was attacking Kalonzo. That potentially affected Kalonzo negatively. Needless to say, Uhuru has never tried to put the record straight on the matter. Secondly, Kalonzo’s shuttle diplomacy, though clearly meant for the good of all, was negatively used against him by Odm. Brother Ruto and brother Uhuru hardly fought back for their brother. Obviously, we need to face the naked truth headon. Some situations are better left without attaching any importance to them. Otherwise, we wont be any different from brothers on the other side of the baracade. Surely, even in family setup if a brother dies, the other remaining brothers do benefit from the family estate.
    That doesnt mean in any way these brothers celebrated the death of their brother. Only the hard reality is that unwelcome situation unwittingly created a space for them. In business and all other sectors, the story is the same. And if for instance, Ruto’s appeal is accepted by ICC and that one of Uhuru rejected, Ruto will obviously benefit from Uhuru’s suffering. So is Uhuru if the same was in reverse. Kalonzo on the other hand, would or would not benefit unless Ruto and Uhuru tell their folks to turn to Kalonzo. So whats the big deal? Furthermore, what would really happen if Kalonzo stayed away from their rallies? We should therefore genuinely unite and shed off negative empty pretence. And we need not end up crying that if this “fellow had joined either side, it would have won comfortably.” We must be awake to reality that if history were to repeat itself, it would do so for all of us if we are not extremely careful. Our folks in Odm thought they were too strong, only to end crying and blaming others. We also need to add that statements in local dialects can mean a thousand things. Having fixation with only one doubtful meaning would only unleash potentially dangerous disunity in G7. Our prayer is that G7 is above mischief and pretentious ways.

    • Alibaba

      February 17, 2012 at 6:54 am

      kudos, well said brother

  9. Nicholas Ronoh

    February 17, 2012 at 6:36 am

    MY BEEF WITH ABDIKADIR; If he has joined the bandwagon, the we hardly have any saviors in that house any more. Apart from Peter Kenneth, Mutula Kilonzo,Dr Joyce Laboso, and very few others, these Mps are no better than a herd of sheeps who cannot feel the pulse of the ordinary mwanachi and rise to the occassion so that kenya can experiance a true change.

  10. Emuthoka

    February 17, 2012 at 7:33 am

    Kalonzo’s goose cooked? O-ho! But Uhuru and Ruto will have to swallow the bitterest pill of all, a Raila presidency! In fact, talk in Eastern is that afadhali Raila. Am on the way from Mtito now, and Uhuru and Ruto should listen to the call-in programs in Kamba vernacular stations. People seem to appreciate Raila more, and Uhuru and Ruto should not think only Central and RV can produce presidents. In fact, the man from the lake is not vindictive and appreciates all for their contribution.
    Juzi at a pub in Mtito when parliament was airing live, patrons loudly booed Ruto in his altercation with the Right Hon PM. Raila was wildly cheered each time he stood to respond. So, Ruto and Uhuru, get ready.
    I want to tell them Kalonzo, Muthama, Kilonzo, etc will be in that new Govt of Agwambo.

    • mdomo baggy

      February 17, 2012 at 3:39 pm

      But how many votes do kambas have? Its votes that counts!

  11. Memba67

    February 17, 2012 at 7:36 am

    Pratt, I feel for you having put your trust and confidence in these kkk. Remember the vows Kalonzo made to ODM drive the vehycle up to state house and then after a number of rallies what did Kalonzo do? quit! I’m sure many laughed including you. Its here again just in a different form. And its just starting, G7 is already DEAD!!!!!!!!!! WATCH!!!!!!!

    • Pratt

      February 17, 2012 at 8:41 am

      You need not feel for me pal. Am not consumed by tribal loyalty like many of us. My opposition is just to leadership of deceit, vengeance and malicious propaganda. Am certainly not having fixation with any village idols. Any Kenyan without the above and willing to make the country take off, is better for me. Infact, I should pitty you for falling for lies. Kalonzo for your information stayed in ODM-Kenya to this day. However, merchants of deceit, who wont allow secret ballot to pick presidential candidate, took off to buy Odm from Imanyara. He had to be retained up to this day because his asking price was never paid in full. But lies are easily bought by folks of lower IQs. I dont want to believe you are one of them! However, what would you really get if G7 dies? How are you going to benefit, or you imagine that your village idol will become the president? Why cant you try to see things in a more national way? The creature has been a do-nothing Pm for 5 years now, actually in your name, but have you benefited? Has the country benefited from his laziness? He only knows how to take things in malicious circles and thats pal!

      • robert nzau

        February 17, 2012 at 9:16 am

        Pratt: Your assessment of things is absurd, if not outright foolish and rather myopic. Tunajua dawa yenu, ni Raila! And what a perfect opp to vote in Raila so that we see kama mtahama Kenya coz he is prezzo.
        Remember: there’s no way Central ama RVP will produce the next prezzo, finnito! So if guys think they can joke around with Kalonzo, mjue Kalonzo also has people ‘eating’ in his name.
        I support Emuthoka down here, we in Ukambani are beginning to see another RAO. Kumbe not a bad guy as such.
        This is the man to teach UK and WR a lesson of their lives.
        Kwani Kenya hakuna kabila zingine???????

        • Maclizholding

          February 17, 2012 at 9:34 am

          i just wonder if some guys think before writing nsults here. does it really make you point to be heard if you use abusive words it just show imatuarity and small brains wo can never urgue with a fight and burning tyres on the road and getting an excuse to steal from hard working kenyans. while waiting serikali isaidie like the above guy here. so if RVP or central produces a president what will ur likes do go and kill them again?

          • Mwaiki

            February 18, 2012 at 1:31 pm


      • Mumbirr

        February 17, 2012 at 7:20 pm

        Pratt sir, your name really fits you. You are a true prat. You keep calling people names yet your stories don’t make any sense. Your name is misleading. our allegiance is obvious. Don’t hide in correct sounding name. Just use your GEMA name.

        • Pratt

          February 18, 2012 at 6:41 am

          Gema is not a terrorist organization pal! Its a group of hard working communities that dont wait for the government to walk their kids to school. They dont sit down and endlessly wait for their idol  to become president so that they can start working. And they dont turn that idleness in to some new item called historical injustices. They work pretty hard even when reduced to IDPs by merchants of deceit. They work hard to create wealth regardless of conditions surrounding them. And I guess, thats why you are feeling so bad about them. I would be pretty happy to be associted with such people. On the hand, I would perhaps kill myself if my hope against hope was a rapant liar, malicious and master of vile propaganda. A fellow who would lie to me that he has a reform agenda when he has clearly refused to reform himself. A creature who would waste my entire life pretending that he can bring rains when he has hardly brought any clouds. I wont allow myself to be that confused to wallow in endless desperation and crippling poverty! Surely, I wont allow myself to be cheated with 1/2 loaf thats never seen and never benefits anyone. I would rather be born a Gema that works to turn things around for the better, I wont be ashamed of that pal! Remember our Odm’s slogan is “we start working now?” And the wait is still on, 50 years on sir, with extremely little propspects?

          • Kamautr

            February 18, 2012 at 1:29 pm

            You area very bitter man. Why are you concern with what others do or care about? If you are satisfied with being gema, why not remain the superior gema you claim to be? Why bother about ODM and its slogan? Why not concentrate on your hard work? By the way can you define hard work? And who says that you work hard and others don’t? 
            What is the threshhold of hard work? And whose word defines it? What is the baseline for determining hard work? If Gema means hard work why are people from CP living is slums? And how come there are slums in Thika (kiandutu etc) and Nyeri? Are these slums the products of hard work?
            Good evening

  12. Johnbaraza

    February 17, 2012 at 7:38 am

    kalonzo believes in kupita katikati but wakati huu hana lake and at no tyme will he make to the high office in the near future. Forget kalonzo and change your tactics

  13. nyakenda

    February 17, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Am loving this…. the turn of events was so predictable, the Gang of 7 has now been reduced to 6 though you can actually read 2. Now my crystal ball tell me the TWO will begin a serious cat-fight over control of the Alliance – end result – each person will go his own way with his MPs on toe. Give the 3 months at most!

  14. Kasim

    February 17, 2012 at 9:20 am

    One would also want to know who is Abdullahi Mohamed. Who was he before the current parliament? The same you would left to wonder and think about his track record and so is the case for Mutula Kilonzo. At least we know Mutula was a KANU’s/Moi’s lawyer and a prominent lawyer in the town those days. Our politicians are only good at abusive words and belittling one another which is not a good leadership style. And after all we can have better Kenya without the three.

  15. Waish

    February 17, 2012 at 9:36 am

    G7 hav played right into raira’s hands. the pm must really be laughing himself hoarse. i predict that ruto will rejoin raira.

  16. Charo

    February 17, 2012 at 9:41 am

    People say Raila is an enigma in politics, its like events unfolding confirm this. I dont like his abbrassiveness, bt it appears this man is poised to bcome kenyas forth president. bt he should promise he will embrace all regions, even us who are not quite his supporters. Raila shud unite kenya upon his swearing in. He shud not forget central or rift valley, he shud also caution his men not to abuse others. there are reports some members of g7 are already seeing him secretly, is it true? that he has planted moles on g7 who give him regular briefs

  17. muths

    February 17, 2012 at 9:50 am

    it may seem expedient to humiliate kalonzo just because his party members are saying this or that. he cant control what they say. he is no dictator. instead of UK and WR asking mutula and muthama to come clean on their statements, they are happy to crucify kalonzo. i honestly think kalonzo means well for UK and WR. However if they are not willing to work with him, i think kalonzo should call their bluff, hit the campaign trail and explain himself to kenyans.
    i remember ODM jamaas calling the VP all sorts of names when he embarked on shuttle diplomacy to ensure the cases are reffered to kenya other than the ICC. all that means nothing to loud mouthed MPs in UK and WR camp. bwana VP please soldier on and forget the duo. they are an excess baggage btw. 

  18. Ndiendamikutho

    February 17, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Kalonzo is a force to reckon,when things went haywire Kibaki ran to him.Any one thinking can make without Kalonzo is day dreaming,watch this space.

    • Pratt

      February 17, 2012 at 2:06 pm

      And not only that, the name calling from Odm stems from his refusal to play a forced evil ball! Once he stuck to his guns, they realized that there was no otherwise but wallow in neck-deep blood of innocent Kenyans. Kalonzo is no thief, no liar, no corrupt and not malicious. So whats the problem? Must the little jesus give way to merchants of deceit? What are Kalonzo’s sins other than empty vile propaganda? We need to know the truth. Twisting facts to hide your wickedness and desire to deny Kenyans decent leadership is not acceptable. This character assassination on the person of Kalonzo is flimsy and totally uncalled  for. We need to be serious please. Cant some one be genuine and tell us what they really hold against the VP? If he has refused to be corrupt, we must surely respect his wishes. We should not be vindictive because of one’s exemplary style and resolve. 

  19. Oposche

    February 17, 2012 at 11:49 am

    It is foolish for UK and WR to think that Kalonzo is in the G7 just to protect them. Kalonzo wants to be the President and he cant be by playing clean politics all the time. UK and WR would do the same to him if given a chance.

  20. kirui

    February 17, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    I  would  like  to  appeale  to   Hon.  Ruto   and  his   allies   Rift  vally  to  come   back  to   ODM  and  they  sort  out  their   rivalry  with   the  PM   so  that  they  should  not   be  left   out  in  the  next  Government. From  my  expirience  since  indipendence,  GEMA  can  not  vote   anybody  outside   the  house  of  mumbi.

    • Pratt

      February 17, 2012 at 2:11 pm

      Gema is your enemy now when Raila is supposedly courting us? You think politics of hate can take you anywhere? By the way, when you put it that way, your idol loses votes. So please try to be more civil and accomodating pal.

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