United v QPR: Van Gaal considers four debuts

Manchester United v Queens Park Rangers, Old Trafford, 14 September

Louis van Gaal is nothing if not confident. Yet, the Dutchman’s faith in his “philosophy” has been tested during the opening weeks of the 62-year-old’s Old Trafford tenure. Defeat to Swansea City in the Premier League, insipid draws against Sunderland and Burnley, and the embarrassing loss at Milton Keynes Dons, have proffered the impression of seamless […]

United’s identity under scrutiny – twas ever thus

Radamel Falcao

Identity. It is a topic on many lips in the wake of Manchester United’s spending spree this summer. United unloaded around £150 million on six high-class imports during the window, and yet the deal that generated most copy was Danny Welbeck’s departure to Arsenal. The end of more than 130 years of youthful tradition or the reaffirmation […]

Van Gaal’s ‘modern’ wing-backs

Ashley Young Antonio Valencia

Deploying a ‘wrong-footed’ winger is no longer a radical concept – in fact it is now fully mainstream. Wingers cut inside, vacate space for full-backs to run into, enabling attacking teams to get more bodies into the middle whilst retaining some width. Even lowly Sunderland regularly use inverted wingers these days. More interesting, perhaps, is a […]

Poll: where will United finish this season?

Angel Di Maria

Six players in, 13 out – it has been a summer of significant transition at Manchester United. Out went the experience of Ryan Giggs, Rio Ferdinand, Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidić. So too the former promise of Nani, Shinji Kagawa, Chicharito, and Danny Welbeck. Not to mention misfits Alexander Büttner, Bebé, Federico Macheda, Wilfried Zaha […]

Rant Cast 203 – transfer special

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On this week’s one-off transfer special podcast, regular Rant Cast presenters Ed & Paul look back on Manchester United’s summer window when the club spent around £150 million on six senior players: Ander Herrera, Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo, Angel Di Maria, Daley Blind and, spectacularly, Radamel Falcao. In addition to new arrivals there’s a look […]

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