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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(…)

Nani, Manchester United and perpetual stagnation 0

Manchester United have this evening reached an agreement with Sporting Lisbon for Argentine defender Marcos Rojo, and as part of the deal Nani will be moving to the Portuguese side initially on-loan. Although they’re doubtless disappointed to be losing Rojo, the Sporting fans will presumably be relatively happy with that transfer and will be pleased to(…)

Manchester United’s Ed Woodward needs to focus on fundamentals rather than fan-pleasers 2

Manchester United have work to do in the transfer-market, that much was obvious even before they lost to Swansea on Saturday.  There is a difference, however, in addressing a team’s immediate flaws and garnishing it with unnecessary flourishes, and United would do well to stay on the right side of that line. Ed Woodward has(…)

Manchester United and the assumption about ‘world class players’ 2

Manchester United’s opening day loss to Swansea City hasn’t prompted a meltdown, but it has intensified the fans’ desire to see fresh blood arrive at Old Trafford.  Understandably, too, because Louis Van Gaal’s options are currently so limited that the best team he was able to field yesterday was one of the weakest in the(…)

Manchester United vs Swansea City: Individual Player Statistics

Manchester United vs Swansea City: Individual Player Statistics 0

And the Louis Van Gaal narrative comes crashing to Earth… Only the most naive supporters will have believed that Van Gaal’s mere presence in the Old Trafford dug-out would have corrected all of last season’s issues, but Swansea still provided a reality check today: there is still a lot of work - and transfer business(…)

Manchester United: Picking a side for Saturday

Manchester United: Picking a side for Saturday 1

So complete has been the analysis of their pre-season, it almost feels as if Manchester United’s campaign has been up and running since the middle of July. The tour to America wasn’t an irrelevance, though, because it did provide an intriguing glimpse into how he wants to brand his new side and the style which(…)

Discussing Rafael’s situation at Manchester United and how it relates to Juan Cuadrado 0

Supposedly, Louis Van Gaal has now made a decision on which Manchester United players can leave the club; The Mail reports this morning that Wilfried Zaha, Anderson, Javier Hernandez, Will Keane, Marouane Fellaini, Nani and Rafael are all surplus to requirements. Rafael’s inclusion on that list may seem surprising, but actually it might be confirmation(…)

Making a case for Javier Hernandez to stay at Manchester United

Making a case for Javier Hernandez to stay at Manchester United 0

Louis Van Gaal has indicated that he will shortly be deciding upon the futures of several Manchester United players and he is expected to sanction a couple of sales once the pre-season tour of the USA is over. One of the names on that shortlist will be that of Javier Hernandez, as the Mexican now(…)

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