Manchester United

Shinji Kagawa, Manchester United, and why the relationship was doomed from the start 1

Like all good Hollywood love stories, those who are meant to be find their way back to each other in the end.  Shinji Kagawa’s return to Borussia Dortmund certainly had that feeling to it and, as the images of Jurgen Klopp and his beaming Japanese playmaker appeared on social media yesterday, it was difficult not(…)

Manchester United: Formation options with Radamel Falcao & Daley Blind 1

So, Manchester United are having a busy deadline day, with deals now in place for Radamel Falcao on-loan and Daley Blind of a permanent basis.  Both will presumably be confirmed within the coming hours. Forgetting the debate over Louis Van Gaal’s use of formations and the argument as to whether he’s stubbornly refusing to adopt(…)

Ed Woodward trying to use Radamel Falcao to make a personal point at Manchester United 0

This is what happens when someone starts to feel the pressure of expectation.  Since being promoted to Chief Executive in 2013, Ed Woodward has faced nothing but withering criticism and derision for his ineffectiveness in the transfer-market. He’s been accused of all sorts, from being simply incompetent to being the fall-guy for the Glazer family’s(…)

Burnley vs Manchester United: Individual Player Statistics 0

If anything, Manchester United look more rigid and more structured under Louis Van Gaal than they did during the last days of David Moyes.  Whilst there’s certainly reason to question the individual performances of certain players, it really just appears as if this side is struggling to understand the system around them - or at(…)

Angel Di Maria, Manchester United, and querying how this is going to work

Angel Di Maria, Manchester United, and querying how this is going to work 1

Whatever happens at Burnley today, I think we know now that there will be an overreaction to it.  If United fall at Turf Moor, the factions who enjoy picking apart a foreign manager will take another swing at Louis Van Gaal, and if the Dutchman finally snags three points the ‘renaissance’ narrative will flare-up again.(…)

Aston Villa? Valencia? Anywhere but Manchester United for Tom Cleverley

Aston Villa? Valencia? Anywhere but Manchester United for Tom Cleverley 0

Tom Cleverley must feel as if he has reached a point of no return at Manchester United.  The vilification of the player, once heralded as the emblem of a new generation at Old Trafford, has become so pronounced that his actual performances are really an irrelevance. Cleverley is type-cast as a bad player and he(…)

Why Danny Welbeck’s future is definitely away from Manchester United

Why Danny Welbeck’s future is definitely away from Manchester United 0

We always knew that Louis Van Gaal’s arrival at Manchester United would precede a clearing of the Old Trafford cupboards, but nobody imagined that Danny Welbeck would be part of the immediate exodus. According to various reports, the young England forward will be granted a transfer before the window closes, and United are seemingly willing(…)

Manchester United, Louis Van Gaal, and wilful over-analysis

Manchester United, Louis Van Gaal, and wilful over-analysis 0

Louis Van Gaal’s CV was just a bit too impressive for some. Generally, a British football audience rather enjoys it when a big-name foreigner comes to these shores and fails.  We really thrive on being able to point out that, just because a manager or player has won everything there is to win on the(…)

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