Louis Van Gaal

Van Gaal faces a dozen challenges in crucial period ahead

Manchester United’s heavy defeat at Arsenal was always likely to provoke questions; that kind of searching self-analysis usual follows public humiliation. In truth the visitors lost the game at the Emirates inside 19 minutes, and while Louis van Gaal’s side regained some credibility in the second period, United rarely came close to reducing the deficit, let […]

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Wayne Rooney

Crossing the Rooneycon: the end is nigh for Wayne

It’s the opening day of the 2015/2016 season. Manchester United faces a potentially tricky opener against Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford. Wayne Rooney, restored to a role at number nine, is in acres of space in the Spurs area. The United skipper … more

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Louis van Gaal

Capitulation at Arsenal – why Van Gaal got it so wrong

Every now and then we all make a huge mess of our jobs. Something that is second nature falls into a vacuum of complacency. Ultimately you get bitten on the backside. Manchester United did this on Sunday against Arsenal, turning up to the office in … more

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Arsenal v Manchester United, Premier League, Emirates Stadium, 4 October 2015

Arsenal v United: Carrick back for confident Reds

Louis van Gaal's reshaped side is ahead of schedule, topping the table domestically and having secured the first Champions League win of the campaign, but few inside the camp will be carried away at this stage. After all, the Dutchman's … more

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Rant Cast 240 – this is the Juan

United, top of the league! More than 700 days since the Reds last topped the Premier League table, Louis van Gaal's team is once again the preeminent force in English football. For this week at least. Defeat for Manchester City, a draw for … more

Manchester United v Ipswich Town, Capital One Cup, 23 September 2015

United v Ipswich Town: Pereira’s big chance

For more than two decades the League Cup, in all its various sponsorship guises, has become a synonym for youth at Manchester United. After all, many of the 'Class of 92' took their first steps in this tournament, with Paul … more

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Rant Cast 238 – oh yeeeeesssssssss!

There are debuts to remember and then there is Anthony's Martial's introduction at Old Trafford on Saturday. The French teenager joined United for somewhere between £36 - £58 million, with all the accompanying media pressure. So is he any good? After … more