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A boy who could do anything: the certain uncertainty of Adnan Januzaj’s United career

February 28, 2016 Tags: , , Opinion 13 comments
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October 2013. David Moyes’ Manchester United side is struggling against Paolo Di Canio’s Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. After an agonizingly feeble first-half defensive display, the Red Devils , in the 53rd minute, find a way back to less-than-deserved parity.  Nani, pausing on the edge of the 18-yard box, clips a curling, outside-of-the-foot cross toward the back post.  Sunderland centre-half John O’Shea clears the ball, unchallenged, to United’s juvenescent number 44.  Eighteen-year-old Adnan Januzaj, unperturbed by the pressures of his professional début, strokes an exquisite first-time, left-footed volley into the bottom corner to propel United into the lead.  It was Januzaj’s second goal of the afternoon and proved to be the match-clinching strike.
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Boring but better: why the Van Gaal experiment is not an unqualified failure

February 3, 2016 Tags: , Opinion 18 comments
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Although it may be obscured by a veneer of short-term relief, Louis van Gaal’s inevitable departure from Manchester United, in such unfavourable circumstances, will make for unfortunate viewing.  It is regrettable that one of the most decorated managers, charismatic personalities, and cutting-edge tactical minds of his generation will sign off from a glittering career with his tail so firmly between his legs.  Read More

Tactical Rant: three issues behind United’s impotent attack

January 24, 2016 Tags: , Opinion 15 comments
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“Attack, Attack, Attack” – a frustrated imploration of Manchester United fans that has echoed around the stands, pubs and living rooms with monotonous frequency in recent months. Although branding Louis van Gaal’s United as ‘boring’ and ‘unwatchable’ has progressively evolved into a media caricature, it is inarguable that the Reds’ style of football under the Dutchman has become increasingly impotent. Read More