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United set to profit from van Gaal’s “Hollandisation”

Criticism followed David Moyes in the manner praise seems to bless new Manchester United coach Louis van Gaal. The Iron Tulip's magic touch kissed this summer's World Cup as it had, for better and sometimes worse, at Ajax, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and AZ Alkmaar. There was little about Moyes to spellbind. Two weeks on the job and van Gaal has instigated significant chance at United: improvements at Carrington, a rethink on commercial strategy, and double training sessions. The Dutchman has done … more

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van Gaal ushers in a brave new tactical dawn

While the 7-0 scoreline spoke amply to its effectiveness, it was Manchester United’s tactical complexity that astounded in Louis Van Gaal’s debut against LA Galaxy on Wednesday night. The veteran manager’s strategy was far more intricate and exotic … more

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Poll: which ‘world star’ should United sign?

Executive vice chairman Ed Woodward claims that Manchester United can break the world transfer record for player, with manager Louis van Gaal working under no fixed budget. Speaking during United's tour of the USA, Woodward echoed previous sentiments … more

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van Gaal gets busy erasing Moyes’ legacy

There has been no word on David Moyes' fabled iPad bunker. You know the one - the Scot's replica of Everton's Finch Farm transfer headquarters: whiteboard lists of targets and touchscreen analytics married effortlessly to interactive profiles on … more

Louis van Gaal

Everything you wanted to know about pre-season

Louis van Gaal's 25-man Manchester United squad set flight for California on Friday ahead of a three-week pre-season tour of the United States - a regular summer fixture with so many stateside with sponsors to please. Games follow against LA Galaxy, … more

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No limit to Reds commercial gain – now for squad renewal

It is, in every sense, an extraordinary deal. Some 13 years after Manchester United first hooked up with Nike, executive vice chairman Ed Woodward has brokered a shirt manufacturing contract with adidas that is worth at least £750 million to the club … more


World Cup Rant Cast – the final countdown

In the final special World Cup Rant Cast of the summer Ed & Paul look back on two dramatic semi finals: Germany's demolition of hosts Brazil, and Argentina's penalty shootout victory of Netherlands. Rant Cast looks forward to Sunday's World … more

Ander Herrera

Data Rant: box-to-box midfielders

The soon-to-depart midfielder Anderson was converted from a typical advanced playmaker to an ‘eight’ by Sir Alex Ferguson – the rationale being that the Brazilian has all the attributes of a great box-to-box midfielder. Anderson has not lived up … more

Marouanne Fellaini

Coiffured Fellaini faces a United career cut short

There is no degree of prolixity in an assertion that this has not been a good year for Marouane Fellaini. The Belgian's disastrous first season with Manchester United ended with the Reds trophyless, managerless and the £27.5 million signing roundly … more

Adnan Januzaj

United’s new kit is…

The annual cycle of corporate nonsense and glib spin: Manchester United's kit launch. Two years ago the club released, to much fanfare about Manchester's "industrial heritage," something akin to a £60 tablecloth. Last year, with a kit that actually … more