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The Dutch players Van Gaal will want at United

‘When I make a mistake, it can leave me sleepless at night. Luckily, I am hardly ever wrong’. Louis van Gaal is a man who is confident of his decisions. So when he sees something in a player, he is not shy to give them a chance on a higher stage than what other people [...]

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Ryan Giggs – the end of an era

For Manchester United fans of my generation, this week we experienced the end of an era. It was a day of conflicting emotions, with the appointment of Louis van Gaal, a man who clearly possesses the qualities demanded of the manager of this great club, a cause for celebration, but tainted with an enormous pang [...]

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Amsterdam Bluff: Van Gaal is the man for United

Is Aloysius Paulus Maria van Gaal an arrogant man? Probably. When playing for the Ajax reserves, the Amsterdam-born midfielder claimed that he deserved a chance in the first team, as he was better than the star man occupying the striker position – Johan Cruyff. While Louis van Gaal never emulated Cruyff as a footballer, he [...]

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Louis van Gaal – a formidable guy

Louis van Gaal – a formidable guy

There’s no bigger challenge in football than succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson. Knowing Louis van Gaal, it’s one he will relish. Like the great Scot, he’s a serial winner: treating triumph and disaster as the same. A title winner at each of his four previous clubs he is the most decorated Dutch manager in history. If [...]

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Ben Pearson – Giving the midfield a bit of bite

Ben Pearson – Giving the midfield a bit of bite

A brave new world awaits under the stewardship of Louis van Gaal next summer, but regardless of who the Dutchman moves for in the summer, an existing flaw looks set to carry through into his reign: a weakness in midfield. Even if reports are to be believed that Kevin Strootman could be on his way [...]

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After beating Liverpool, U-21s only have Chelsea left to beat…

Last Friday night saw U-21 travel to Anfield to take on Liverpool in the U-21 play off semi final. United got this far after a nail biter in the last league game of the season, needing a win at Reading, United trailed 2-1 with less that 10 minutes to go but managed to pull a [...]

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TRANSFER RUMOURS: Cavani, Muller and Strootman

Edinson Cavani – 27 Years Old Twelve months ago, Cavani was the hottest property on the transfer market, PSG forked out £60million for his services and a season playing second fiddle to arguably one of the few strikers who could say they are better (Ibrahimovic), has seen his reputation and value stutter. Make no mistake, [...]

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The Month: Giggs!

Manchester United saw out April last year as Premier League champions; this year, as the team in seventh. Everyone knows that, of course. But it’s important to know, because it’s why David Moyes lost his job. He was committed, though. He didn’t really have the chance to build his own squad. His players should have [...]

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Giggs as United manager… a year from now

As rumours grow over the possibility of Jose Mourinho taking over as the manager of Manchester United, Ryan Giggs must be experiencing a strange and unsettling sense of déjà vu. This time last year he was shadowy figure waiting in the wings for the current incumbent to exit left. Now he must prepare for the [...]

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TRANSFER RUMOURS: Reus, Shaw and Fabregas

Marco Reus – 24 years old Everyone’s current favourite German and perhaps the most talented player in what is a star studded national team. The Borussia Dortmund midfielder has been in incredible form for a number of years now. Having scored 57 goals in the Bundesliga for his current and former side (Borussia Mönchengladbach) he [...]

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Top 5: David Moyes mistakes

As we hurtle ever quicker to a world in which Liverpool and their favourite racist, Luis Suarez, become Premier League champions for the first time ever, there are several things that you might wish to consider. The first, most obvious one, is suicide – if you’re dead, you can’t hear You’ll Never Walk Alone, for [...]

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What if we had four years of Moyes?

Signs of life have become growingly infrequent. Once an arena filled with joy and optimism, now bogged down in gloom and misery. Over the years a pantheon of greatness has now become a desolate, barren wasteland. Like the fall of Constantinople before it, Manchester was besieged and broken, what was once United is now torn [...]

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All we need is Shinji Kagawa

All we need is Shinji Kagawa

How strange it is to be watching Manchester United treat the closing weeks of a season as a sandbox rather than a run-in. With their every trophy-hunting hope having been dashed by mid-April all that is now left for David Moyes is a period of extended limbo, ripe for experimentation. The products of this tinkering [...]

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United’s next star is already in the ranks

Although I have written about James Wilson before, I couldn’t let the chance of writing about his recent performance in an U-21 game at Wolves pass The game was switched from Telford back to Molineux, giving the young lads an opportunity to play at a proper League stadium instead of some of the non-league pits [...]

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The Month: This could be us but you Plane

When Manchester United won in March, there were goal cushions, of two and three, and there were clean sheets. The football was acceptable, and sometimes better than that. Good, then! But wait. When they lost, oh god, when they lost. Bad! Really, really bad. This has been a terrible season. It has piled up on [...]

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