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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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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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How “player power” might have saved Manchester United

How “player power” might have saved Manchester United

Following the sacking of David Moyes, there has been a lot of criticism for our players, suggesting that they contributed to him losing his job. The fact that he didn’t mention them or thank them in his parting statement, where he did express gratitude to the fans and staff, suggests Moyes probably agrees. Player power [...]

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Class of ’92 return is gift to suffering fans

If 1999 never happened and you watched a film that told the same story, you would spend the duration rolling your eyes and tutting. As if that could happen. As if you could get a group of local lads, playing for one of the biggest teams in the world, go on to achieve something no [...]

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Should the players be ashamed of themselves?

Manchester United are not a sacking club. It’s easy to make statements like that when you’ve shown faith in a manager in the 1980s, when you were in the relegation zone, and he’s gone on to prove himself as one of the greatest managers of all time. When David Moyes struggled, the board, the fans [...]

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Should Moyes have had more time?

Had David Moyes showed signs of progress during his first season as Manchester United manager it is likely that the board and fans would have shown more patience. The club were determined not to become a “sacking club” so persevered with Moyes longer than any other club would. To drop six places after spending £60m [...]

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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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