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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW Part IV: Hugo Borst on Van Gaal’s aim at United, almost joining Liverpool and selling Welbeck

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW Part IV: Hugo Borst on Van Gaal’s aim at United, almost joining Liverpool and selling Welbeck

Print journalists, radio presenters, biographers, TV personalities, pundits; there are a lot of jobs in football, even if you are not a former professional. Hugo Borst has done it all though. Starting out as a journalist for esteemed Dutch football magazine Voetbal International, Borst made his strides through journalism before ending up at Algemeen Dagblad, [...]

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW Part III: Hugo Borst on Van Gaal’s history in Holland, Verheijen’s criticism and influence on Guardiola

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW Part III: Hugo Borst on Van Gaal’s history in Holland, Verheijen’s criticism and influence on Guardiola

Print journalists, radio presenters, biographers, TV personalities, pundits; there are a lot of jobs in football, even if you are not a former professional. Hugo Borst has done it all though. Starting out as a journalist for esteemed Dutch football magazine Voetbal International, Borst made his strides through journalism before ending up at Algemeen Dagblad, [...]

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW Part II: Hugo Borst on Rooney, Van Gaal’s philosophy and Fergie comparisons

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW Part II: Hugo Borst on Rooney, Van Gaal’s philosophy and Fergie comparisons

Print journalists, radio presenters, biographers, TV personalities, pundits; there are a lot of jobs in football, even if you are not a former professional. Hugo Borst has done it all though. Starting out as a journalist for esteemed Dutch football magazine Voetbal International, Borst made his strides through journalism before ending up at Algemeen Dagblad, [...]

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW Part I: Hugo Borst on Van Gaal obsession, signing Strootman and Gay Pride

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW Part I: Hugo Borst on Van Gaal obsession, signing Strootman and Gay Pride

Print journalists, radio presenters, biographers, TV personalities, pundits; there are a lot of jobs in football, even if you are not a former professional. Hugo Borst has done it all though. Starting out as a journalist for esteemed Dutch football magazine Voetbal International, Borst made his strides through journalism before ending up at Algemeen Dagblad, [...]

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PREDICTIONS: Derby day – journos and fans on City vs United Part II

PREDICTIONS: Derby day – journos and fans on City vs United Part II

Danny Taylor, The Guardian’s chief football writer PREDICTION: 3-2 City The strange thing is that while everyone has been obsessed with United’s defence – and let’s not pretend it’s been pretty – City have kept only two clean sheets from their nine Premier League matches as well. They have looked strangely subdued at times and [...]

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PREDICTIONS: Derby day – journos and fans on City vs United Part I

PREDICTIONS: Derby day – journos and fans on City vs United Part I

Mike Keegan, Sports writer, BBC Sport PREDICTION: 2-1 City Expecting City to bounce back here. For me, United’s draw with Chelsea papered over the defensive cracks. Drogba is not Aguero. Yes, United might score, but who would bet against City failing to respond? There are too many mismatches for me to see anything other than [...]

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Daley Blind: reading between the lines

Daley Blind: reading between the lines

Quality comes in many forms. Not every player is able to flash their calibre through such self-evident acts of brilliance as a decisive finish, a last-ditch tackle, a defence-splitting pass or some mazy dribble past multiple markers. Defensive midfielders seem particularly prone to going overlooked and unloved by those unable or unwilling to appreciate the [...]

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United’s record with youth compared to Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Blackburn

United’s record with youth compared to Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Blackburn

In response to Mike Phelan’s claims that Manchester United had “lost their way” following the sale of Danny Welbeck, Jason Burt wrote for The Telegraph about United’s history of youth team players. He claimed “it is a myth that United have always had a team overbrimming with local players and youth team products”. Whilst we [...]

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Is United’s focus on youth a “myth”?

Is United’s focus on youth a “myth”?

The sale of Danny Welbeck has prompted a lot of discussion over the past few weeks in regards to Manchester United and their tradition of bringing through young players. Mike Phelan claimed “they have probably lost the way of Manchester United a little bit”, as if Welbeck was the first former academy player to be [...]

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Angel di Maria: A perfect No. 7

Angel di Maria: A perfect No. 7

What does it take to assume the mantle of the number seven shirt at Manchester United? Talent, obviously, though a footballer needs more than just quality in order to live up to the lineage associated with the jersey. The right kind of player doesn’t heave the burden of history up onto their shoulders and amble [...]

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Di Maria – Real Madrid’s Most Important Cog Is Now At United

Di Maria – Real Madrid’s Most Important Cog Is Now At United

Angel Di Maria may not be the man to provide the “miracle” Louis van Gaal is looking for to enable United to become serious title contenders this season, but he will ensure a big step in the right direction following a tumultuous few years at Old Trafford. The fact that the vast majority of the [...]

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STATS: Danny Welbeck compared to other strikers at his age

STATS: Danny Welbeck compared to other strikers at his age

One of the biggest criticisms against Danny Welbeck is that for a striker he doesn’t score enough goals. Even the biggest Welbeck enthusiasts can’t argue with that. He’s scored 20 goals in the league over the past three seasons, which is still more than £50m man Fernando Torres, but nowhere near what you would expect [...]

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Are United fans making a fuss over nothing where transfers are concerned?

Are United fans making a fuss over nothing where transfers are concerned?

For the first time since 2010, the anti-Glazer movement has begun to take shape again, with fans becoming frustrated with the lack of investment. Under the leadership of Sir Alex Ferguson, who repeatedly worked miracles with our players, many fans have grown apathetic to the Glazer ownership. In the past eight years, United have won [...]

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Glazers and Woodward risk leading club in to decline

Manchester United finished last season as the 7th best team and have since lost several key players. Nemanja Vidic, the captain, Patrice Evra, the vice-captain, as well as two of the most experienced players in the squad, Ryan Giggs and Rio Ferdinand. When you consider that takes away three of our back four, as well [...]

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Reaction to Rooney captaincy

I used to love Wayne Rooney. I knew he joined the club as an Everton fan but he seemed to really get what playing for United was all about. Rooney would repeatedly talk about how he wanted to spend his entire career here, how he wanted to be viewed by the fans in the same [...]

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