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Louis van Going – the replacements

Ed January 26, 2016 Tags: , , , Latest 27 comments
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“He’s got incredible energy and very importantly he likes attacking football.” It was the kind of off-the-cuff boast that Manchester United’s executive vice chairman has become known for. Summer 2014, brimming with the kind of bravado inspired by victory, Woodward added another supposed truism to his unveiling of a new manager secured: that Louis van Gaal’s style would bring “the kind of football Manchester United fans love.” That attacking football is “part of our DNA.” Woodward got only one part of the story correct. Read More

Van Gaal rues injury luck ahead of Saints’ visit

Ed January 22, 2016 Tags: , Matches 8 comments
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Relaxed. It was the dominant adjective describing Louis van Gaal’s performance in the Dutchman’s meet-the-press gathering on Friday. The Dutchman, whose propensity to last in the Manchester United job has been questioned more than once in the past two months, has cut an irritable figure of late. Little wonder – the veteran manager has built a career on surety of opinion, if nothing else, and doubts raised by pundits, supporters and the fourth estate do not sit easily with Van Gaal’s increasingly challenged worldview. Yet, victories over Swansea City, Sheffield United and Liverpool have added to Van Gaal’s confidence, and a renewed sense of momentum since the turn of the year. Read More

Reds slip down Glazers’ favourite league

Ed January 21, 2016 Tags: , Opinion 6 comments
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It’s a slow news day when the headlines are less about Louis van Gaal’s failure as Manchester United manager, than Ed Woodward’s success as a financial architect. Yet, as United slipped from second to third in the Deloitte Football Money League 2016, the annual financial ranking of Europe’s leading clubs, there will be little concern in the Old Trafford Boardroom. After all – there is huge revenue yet to come, even if Van Gaal’s tepid side is just fifth in the Premier League. Read More

On the eve of England’s biggest derby, United’s greatest fear stands exposed

Ed January 16, 2016 Tags: , , , Opinion 9 comments
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“My greatest challenge is not what’s happening at the moment, my greatest challenge was knocking Liverpool right off their fucking perch.”

It was, as ever, Sir Alex Ferguson’s defiance in the face of media criticism that elicited the Scot’s best and most memorable invective. “And you can print that,” was the appendage that inspired a thousand banners.

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Out-of-touch Van Gaal has failed – now for the inevitable endgame

Ed January 9, 2016 Tags: , , Opinion 44 comments
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It was, one supporter departing Old Trafford claimed, the worst Manchester United performance in more than 30 years. Perhaps not, there have been some truly devastating defeats in that time, but few supporters can remember less entertainment on a night where United’s passivity in the face of a supposedly inferior opposition reached a fresh nadir. Indeed, the Reds’ narrow FA Cup victory over League One Sheffield United, despite a rash of defeats in December, may yet come to be seen as peak Louis van Gaal – a day when the tide finally turned in the endgame of the Dutchman’s Old Trafford departure. Read More

10 predictions for 2016

Ed January 2, 2016 Tags: , , , Opinion 11 comments
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The year ended much as it began: with Louis van Gaal’s side languishing well behind the Premier League leaders, exiled from European competition and out of at least one domestic cup. Plus ça change, Louis. United’s run of eight matches without a victory as 2015 closed helped to end the year with a sense of crisis in the air. The new year begins with Van Gaal under pressure to turn the team around, Ed Woodward to secure the resources his heavily backed manager needs, and the fans to remain positive amid what is beginning to feel like permanent decline. Read More

Mid-season report 2015/16

Ed December 24, 2015 Tags: Opinion 17 comments
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It was meant to be a season of progress. The year in which Manchester United returned to the top table of European football and made a fist of a genuine Premier League title challenge. This, after all, is the minimum yardstick by which any United team is to be judged. It was to be a season in which the “process” yielded genuine progress and just a modicum of dignity after the messy clean-up following the failed the David Moyes era. How hopes have been dashed. Read More